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President's Message

Hello friends,

As I write you from Schoodic Point, we're diving headlong into a busy season of research and education programs, and welcoming a wide array of groups to our campus to inspire their work.  This month alone, we're hosting conservation groups, and natural resource management agencies, along with research retreats and education programs from Universities.  

Friday morning I had the pleasure to have breakfast side by side with students from Sumner High School's Pathways program.  These remarkably polite and well- behaved young people from our local communities joined us at Schoodic for three days of education experiences with Kate, Alexa, and Hannah at the start of a new partnership between Schoodic Institute and the Pathways program focused on science and experiential learning.   We look forward to developing this partnership, sharing, and learning with our local students.  Many of them had previously visited as middle schoolers for the Schoodic Education Adventure.    

Don't miss your chances to visit. Come anytime, but check our events calendar often for free programs or in-depth experiences!  Thank you for your support.


Latest News

May, 2016

Citizen Science Professional Development  
Pilot Program a Success

In April Schoodic wrapped up its pilot citizen science professional development course. The course, designed in partnership with the National Park Service, and specific to NPS personnel, served as an incubator for participants to develop citizen science program plans that were specific to their parks and goals.
"We are looking forward to taking what we've learned from this pilot course and this great group of people, refining, and offering the course again," said Hannah Webber, course developer. Read more about this first-of-its-kind development course here.

Welcoming Peter Collier  
Advancement Associate

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the hiring of Peter Collier as Advancement Associate. Peter will manage Institute donor relations and fundraising. Born in Bar Harbor, Peter was raised nearby in Surry, and went to high school at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. One of his first summer jobs was with the Acadia Youth Conservation Corps, an experience that sparked his interest in building community through natural resources protection. Peter graduated from Kenyon College in 2004 and brings professional experience in urban community gardens development, volunteer coordination for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as office administration at a nonprofit land trust.

Schoodic Institute sourcing food closer to home




Schoodic Institute is changing the focus of the menu in Schooner Commons. A “Farm to cafeteria” movement is changing the culture of food and agricultural literacy across America in schools, universities, hospitals and other institutional settings. It is being embraced by Schoodic Institute, which serves groups large and small on its campus. A recent soup and salad bar for 30 hungry guests at a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service three-day conference had to have something for everyone: meat eaters, vegetarians, gluten-free foods and dairy-free selections, among others.  Click here to read more.

Upcoming Events

May 17, 2016 Alewives: Stories from the Stream, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
May 19, 2016 Brown Bag Lunch - The Bee Whisperer, Noon - 1 p.m.
May 24-26, 2016 Meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
May 26, 2016 Marine Protected Areas panel presentation, 7 pm (details to be announced soon)
June 3 Acadia Birding Festival - Hands-on Birding, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
June 5-11 Summer Acadia Artist Retreat
June 7, 2016 Plants of Maine's Offshore Islands: Glen Mittelhauser, 7 p.m.

Register Now!
June 17-18SOLO Wilderness First Aid  
July 9-10SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat  
June 9 -13  Mountains to the Sea I
June 17 - 21  Mountains to the Sea II
August 19 - 23  Maine's Winged Migration I
Learn more about these tours HERE.

More Events at; check often for new events!

On May 17, 2016, Schoodic Institute is offering a public presentation: Stories from the Stream – A panel discussion to celebrate the regional importance of Alewives. This event begins at 7 p.m. in Moore Auditorium.

Dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. at Schooner Commons on the Institute campus. Register HERE.

Lodging is available. Please call  207-288-1310.

This exciting region-wide program sponsored by Island Readers and Writers is called Alewives: Small FishBig Impact, with events throughout April and May in towns across Washington County.

In April, Research and Education Project Manager Hannah Webber and volunteers began annual research in the intertidal zone in Acadia National Park. Webber measures the growth and development of Ascophyllum, commonly called rockweed. Ascophyllum is an indicator species, which helps researchers examine changes in the intertidal zone that may affect other species that live there. This research will continue weekly throughout the summer.  Learn more at this University of Maine page

Media attention to Schoodic

Marine center planned for Winter Harbor Marina. April 22, 2016. Ellsworth American

Schoodic Institute sourcng food closer to home. April 14, 2016. Ellsworth American

 May Birding Events at Schoodic
Seven birding events are scheduled during the month of May. Observe returning songbird and waterfowl species while enjoying a spring morning in Acadia National Park.  Choose easy walking tours followed by breakfast, or rise a bit earlier and get tips on birding by sight and sound. Visit our website HERE for all the details. Sign-up soon, space is limited on some events. To register, call Michelle at  207-288-1356.

Brown Bag Lunch Series
May 2016

Bring your lunch and join us as we welcome Peter Cowin, The Bee Whisperer on May 19, 2016. 
Brown bags are presented the third Thursday of each month for a free, hour long program. No registration needed.

Click on the image above to learn how you can join Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program Director, Seth Benz on a one-of-a-kind mountains to sea ornithology camp this summer. Options available for students and families.
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