The Atlantic Jewel Of Acadia National Park—And Insider Travel Tips From The Park's Friends!

Planning to visit Acadia National Park? Here are some insider tips from Friends of Acadia on how to get the most out of your visit.

Friends Of Acadia: Partnering For Acadia National Park's Future

Acadia in 1919 became the first national park east of the Mississippi. Thanks to people with a passionate love for the beauty of Mount Desert Island— and its cool summers (at least compared to inner-city Boston and New York City)— the jewel dubbed “MDI” was spared from rampant development.

Reader Participation Day: Given A Choice, Which State Would You Visit To Tour Its National Parks?

If you could visit only one state to tour its national parks, which state would it be? Would you head to Utah with its five "national parks," to California with its eight "national parks" and handful of other designated park units, or choose Maine with its one national park (Acadia), a stretch of Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and lone international historic site?

U.S. House Approves Legislation That Would Toss Aside Environmental Laws Protecting National Parks

A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a wide number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

Birding In The National Parks: Top 10 Birding Spots In The National Park System

Spring migration is winding down across much of North America, and it’s time for birders to relax and reflect. I’ve been contemplating happy thoughts such as where I would go if given an all-expenses paid birding trip to any U.S. National Park in the next 12 months. No one has offered this to me yet, but I made up a list in my head.

U.S. House To Consider Legislation Opponents Believe Would Degrade Public Lands, National Parks

A package of legislation that sponsors call the Conservation and Economic Growth Act and which critics maintain would severely cripple the nation's environmental laws and pose a threat to the National Park System is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.

Dining At The Parks: Lobster Stew From The Jordan Pond House At Acadia National Park

One of the favorite meals at the Jordon Pond House at Acadia National Park is a bowl of thick, rich lobster stew. Here's how you can work on this delicious dish at home (views of Jordon Pond not included).

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

Catch Up With Friends Of Acadia When You Visit Acadia National Park This Summer

Planning to visit Acadia National Park this summer? Consider taking some time to join the Friends of Acadia during one of their many activities. Here's a list of what's on their calendar:

NPCA Worried That House Legislation Would Open National Park System To Hunting

Is hunting about to spread across the National Park System? Worries that that could be the fallout of legislation that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives prompted the National Parks Conservation Association to seek a legal interpretation of the measure.