BAR HARBOR — In celebration of National Junior Ranger Day, Acadia National Park will host two special family festivals. Children 12 and under and their families are invited to get outside, get moving, explore Acadia’s nature and history, and discover ways to protect the park. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
On Mount Desert Island, special outdoor activities will take place Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sieur de Monts area on Route 3 south of Bar Harbor. Children can play with pioneer toys, meet Smokey Bear, learn about bats, watch a search dog demonstration, make s’mores over a campfire, create nature art and visit other interactive stations. The Wild Gardens of Acadia and Camp Beech Cliff will take part in the festivities. Call 288-8812.
On Saturday, May 16, from 1-4 p.m., children are invited to visit the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) campus south of Winter Harbor, where they will enjoy an afternoon searching for salamanders, testing their skills as junior firefighters, exploring bird migration, creating with an artist, learning about sea creatures and doing other fun things. Visitors should meet at the Moore Auditorium. Call 288-1312.
These events are free, and activities take place rain or shine, so participants should come prepared for the weather. National Park Service Junior Ranger supplies will be given out while they last.