Hope Rowan's hiking guide for kids will be released by Islandport Press on April 25. A launch party is planned for May 15 at the Southwest Harbor Public Library. PHOTO COURTESY OF ISLANDPORT PRESS

Rowan’s hiking guide for kids to launch

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The official launch of Hope Rowan’s “Ten Days in Acadia: A Kids’ Hiking Guide to Mount Desert Island” will take place at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Monday, May 15, from 5-7 p.m.


“Ten Days in Acadia,” which will be released by Islandport Press on April 25, features 10 great regional hikes designed with young families in mind.

Rowan created the guide specifically for young explorers. In the guide, a fictional 12-year-old girl named “Hattie” describes plants, animals, lakes and more outdoor discoveries with readers. Kids will enjoy trail maps, photos, hiking safety tips, ideas for rainy days and full-color drawings by Maine artist Jada Fitch.

“Ten Days in Acadia” is Rowan’s first book. She has spent the past 15 years creating, designing and teaching children about maps as a certified geographic information systems professional. Her first tent camping in Maine was in a crib,and she was introduced to the trails of Acadia from her father’s shoulders. Rowan’s vacation experiences in Acadia led her to attend the College of the Atlantic where she received an advanced degree in human ecology.

Now she lives on Mount Desert Island with Acadia National Park as her backyard.

Refreshments will be served at the event. Books will be available for sale and signing. This event is free and open to the public.

For more about the book or the event, call 846-3344, visit www.islandportpress.com or email [email protected].

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