MOUNT DESERT — Susannah Chaplin’s drawing of a loon with Acadia’s glacially-smoothed mountains in the background was selected to adorn Acadia National Park’s wallet card park passes, which replace the old window decals.
Every year, Acadia National Park sponsors a contest among local schoolchildren to create the artwork for the park’s annual entrance pass. Friends of Acadia provided a $50 prize for the winner, and Eastern National, which runs the park bookstore, provided an Acadia-themed goodie bag that included books, games, drawing materials and more.
Chaplin, a fifth grader from Mount Desert Elementary School, had her artwork chosen from works submitted by local schoolchildren. It will appear on approximately 8,000 annual park entrance passes, said Acadia National Park’s Sarah Milligan. Also, Chaplin’s drawing and the artwork of several other finalists will be displayed this summer at the park’s Bar Harbor Village Green visitor center.
Chaplin’s family connections with Acadia National Park go back at least four generations. Her father and grandfather have both been active volunteers in the park, and her grandfather also worked for Acadia as a lifeguard and naturalist. Her great-grandfather worked on the construction of some of the carriage road bridges, and her great-great-grandfather helped build the carriage road system.