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President's Message

Hello friends,

Happy New Year!  Thank you for all of your generosity and support through 2016.  We're all excited to continue building the Institute's programs and partnerships, and offering you more opportunities to get involved.  

Follow the links here to read more about our bird ecology program and our partnership with Sumner High School that is engaging students in the science of local forests and intertidal zones.  

Be sure to check the schedule for the Acadia Winter Festival - it is a great program of fun activities and learning opportunities that celebrate winter - and if you can't be here to join us in this season, I hope you stay in touch while connecting to the outdoors wherever you may be.  


Latest News

January, 2017

High School Students Assist
Schoodic Institute Researchers

Local press highlights beneficial partnership


Students from Sumner Memorial High School’s Pathways program are taking their science lessons from trees and seaweed while helping researchers from Schoodic Institute.

With help from the Davis Family Foundation and Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust grants, a research and education partnership between Schoodic and Pathways has students working in the field with forest ecologist, Nick Fisichelli, and intertidal specialist, Hannah Webber. For the rest of the school year the students will meet weekly with their researcher and head into the field to collect data or into the classroom to analyze results. Read the Ellsworth American story HERE.

Ellsworth American Features
Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program

“Petit Manaan and the Schoodic Peninsula are important stop-over sites for migratory birds,” said Seth Benz, who directs the Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab for the Schoodic Institute. “They are landing in the general area and feeding for a day or so.”

Benz and a team of researchers at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park captured and released a variety of birds — this year, 58 species totaling 1,428 birds — attaching a tag to track their winter migratory voyage as well as other data. Read more from the article HERE.


Acadia Winter Festival Schedule Announced

The 2017 Acadia Winter Festival schedule of events is now posted. Visit! You'll find exciting outdoor winter activities for the whole family - Cross Country skiing, Winter ecology hike, Quinzee hut building, Search and rescue demo, Birding and Brunch, and more! Visit our events page for details on fascinating lectures by COA professor Todd Little-Siebold, and Founder and Director of the Climate Change Institute, Dr. Hal Borns.

We welcome and thank this year's Acadia Winter Festival lead sponsor, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. We also welcome our newest sponsors; Acadia Realty Group, E.L. Shea, Brown, Holmes and Milliken, and Rooster Brother - Thank you to all!

Schoodic Institute Welcomes Business Members

Schoodic Institute is extremely grateful to our most recent 2016 business members for their support! Please learn more about our business membership program HERE. With appreciation, we recognize The Pickled Wrinkle, E.L. Shea, and Brown, Holmes and Milliken

Employment Opportunities at Schoodic Institute

Work in one of the most beautiful locations on the coast of Maine, while advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages in partnership with Acadia National Park. 

We are currently seeking an Executive Assistant to the CEO. To learn more about this and other employment opportunities, and to apply, please visit our employment page HERE.

February 10 - 12, 2017:  Acadia Winter Festival 2017 - Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor

Free Events
January 19, 2017: Brown Bag Lunch Series -  Migration: The New Science of Ancient Movement, by Bryan Pfeiffer. Noon - 1PM

February 10, 2017‘Water Froze on the Nightstand Overnight’ – The History of Being Cold in Maine, presented by COA professor Todd Little-Siebold. 7:00 PM - Moore Auditorium.

February 11, 2017: Downeast Maine's Ice Age Trail - presented by Dr. Hal Borns. 7:00 PM - Moore Auditorium.

February 12, 2017: FILM: The Great Alone. 7:00 PM Moore Auditorium

February 16, 2017: Brown Bag Lunch Series - Thoreau's Journey in the Maine Woods, by Paul Johnson. Noon - 1 PM
Registration Required
February 12, 2017: Winter Birding and Brunch at Schoodic, with Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz. 9:00 - 11:00 AM.

More Events at; check often for new events! Connect with us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @SchoodicInst!

Media Attention to Schoodic

High Schoolers Assist Schoodic Researchers. January 4, 2017.

Schoodic Offers a Bountiful Buffet for Birds. December 28, 2017.

A Century in Acadia. December 20, 2016

2017 Acadia Winter Festival Poster Contest Winner Announced

The Schoodic Institute – Acadia Winter Festival committee is pleased to announce that Judy Taylor of Seal Cove, Maine has been chosen as the winner of the 2017 Acadia Winter Festival poster contest.

The goal of the Acadia Winter Festival is to encourage adults, children and families to connect and explore the natural world in winter. Ms. Taylor’s oil painting entitled “The Skaters” is a delightful representation of this. Click HERE to read more. A special thank you to all our contest participants - we appreciate your interest and support!

January 2017 Brown Bag Lunch 

Migration: The New Science of Ancient Movement. 

Reporting from the frontiers of migration, naturalist and photographer Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets of migration from the perspective of a bird (Blackpoll Warbler), a butterfly (Monarch) and a dragonfly (Wandering Glider).

Join writer and field biologist, Bryan Pfeiffer as he shares images, stories and humor! You’ll discover what new and innovative research tells us about how animals migrate to survive.

Brown bag talks are free, and held at noon on the third Thursday of each month. 

An Extraordinary Destination
for Science. Visit Today!

Your research is exciting! Your colleagues are inspiring! Don't let your conference be ordinary!

Schoodic Institute can help drive the success of your conference from our bold and inspirational setting at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, conveniently located one hour from Bangor International Airport. We offer an auditorium, meeting rooms and classrooms, along with lodging and full-service dining facilities for up to 125 guests. Open year-round, your group can enjoy field trip options, and a convenient walking campus. Partner with Schoodic Institute and support science, education, and our National Parks. To learn more call 207-288-1337 or email

Artist-in-Residence Applications Close February 10, 2017

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. In the spring and fall, the park provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. Apply HERE before February 10, 2017. 

Schoodic Institute Newsletter

If you're a current supporter of Schoodic Institute, you should have received the first issue of Findings, our new print newsletter.  If you're not yet supporting us - we thank you for your interest, and encourage you to consider becoming a member now!  

If you know someone you'd like to know more about the Institute, consider a gift membership in their name, or ask us to send them information.  Thank you!

Show Your Support with Schoodic Institute
Apparel and Gifts

Ready to show your support for Schoodic Institute? Stay warm with a fleece beanie this winter!

Schoodic Institute offers appealing outerwear, accessories and other items for purchase.
To view all our items or to order, please visit the online store HERE.  Prefer a bumper sticker? Just ask or stop in!  

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