Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Are you a resident of Hancock County who cares about the health of our land and water?
Are you curious about why soil and water quality matter? Please consider attending an event or participating in a volunteer opportunity to learn more and contribute to county-wide conservation efforts.


Saturday, April 28, 2018  |  Friends of Acadia’s Roadside Cleanup  |  8:30 – 11:30 AM.

Join friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the 18th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup, to collect a winter’s worth of trash from roadsides on Mount Desert Island and Trenton. Always the last Saturday in April, it’s a great day to take pride in your community, get outside, and celebrate spring, Friends of Acadia-style!

For more information and to register, please visit Friends of Acadia’s website.


Saturday, May 5, 2018  |  Card Brook Cleanup and Union River Celebration  |  9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Join the City of Ellsworth and Frenchman Bay Conservancy for the Annual Card Brook Clean-up event from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Card Brook runs under High Street (past Pizza Hut and other businesses) and into the Union River. Because of its location, Card Brook collects large amounts of trash; pollution that ends up littering the Union River and is eventually carried out to sea.

Participants should meet at the parking lot on the west side of Hannaford grocery store at 225 High Street (the right side when facing the front of the store). Wear sturdy footwear that can get wet and muddy, and bring work gloves. Trash bags will be given to volunteers.

The clean-up will be followed by the Union River Festival from 12:00 – 4:00 PM. Join us to celebrate the Union River at Ellsworth’s Harbor Park with live music, food and drink, speakers, informational booths, and fun activities like paddling the Union River at 2:30 PM (bring your own boat!).

For more information or to RSVP, call 669-6615 or email (rain date: May 12)


Roadside Litter Clean-up

Related to the Annual Ellsworth Clean-up on May 5th, the City Public Works Department invites you to collect trash along your road, bag it, and then leave it along the road for Public Works staff to pick it up for free (no trash stickers required).

Please let the City Public Works Dept. know in advance that you’ll be participating (so they’ll know where to find the trash). You may contact Public Works through their website here or call them at 667-2563.