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President's Message

Hello friends,

It's an exciting time in Acadia and at Schoodic Institute!  You may have already seen the announcement Saturday of an important new partnership between Schoodic Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Park Service. Learn more and celebrate with us - and special guests David Shaw and Sylvia Earle - on July 15.  

Tonight (June 30), Abe Miller-Rushing and Becky Cole-Will will speak at 7 pm on "Protecting Acadia National Park: Reflecting on the Past and Preparing for the Future" - join us and contribute to the discussion!

Read on for more opportunities and news.  Thank you for your financial support - you make our work to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages possible!


Latest News

June, 2016

David Evans Shaw Announces "Second Century Stewardship"
Science beyond the scenery in Acadia National Park

On June 25, 2016 David Evans Shaw announced the launch of a “Second Century Stewardship “ initiative for U.S. national parks, including a feature-length film and a collaborative effort to more powerfully engage science in America’s national parks. Shaw expressed his intent to provide a gift of $1 million as initial funding for collaborative programs between the National Park Service, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and other institutions.

The announcement by Shaw took place during a public Park Science Day at Sieur de Monts in Acadia National Park, Maine. The event called attention to the park’s role as a living laboratory and vital setting for scientific research, in celebration of Acadia’s Centennial. 

Shaw is a Maine-based entrepreneur involved in numerous business and public service ventures. He serves as a director and Treasurer of AAAS, as a trustee of The National Park Foundation, and as Executive Producer of the film "Second Century Stewardship". The film premiered in Acadia National Park on Saturday, June 25, 2016, and can be seen in its entirety HERE.

Second Century Stewardship Celebration
Special Guests David Shaw and Sylvia Earle 

Join us for a celebration of the new science partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute, the National Park Service, and other institutions.  

This celebration will include remarks from David Shaw and Sylvia Earle, and viewing of David Shaw's new film, "Second Century Stewardship: Science Beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park".

Friday, July 15, 2016, 5:30 pm, 
The Bar Harbor Club, 111 West Street, Bar Harbor
Reception to follow.
Event is free and open to the public; space is limited.

Upcoming Events

Centennial Shore, Seabird and Whale Watch:
A benefit for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and Maine Coast Heritage Trust

July 17, 2016 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m
Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Schoodic Institute for an evening cocktail cruise in honor of the Acadia Centennial, highlighting coastal conservation, research, and education in and around Acadia National Park. Thanks to the generosity of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., all proceeds from this trip will benefit the nonprofit work of Maine Coast Heritage and Schoodic Institute. 

We'll depart from downtown Bar Harbor and head across Frenchman Bay to Schoodic Point. MCHT and Schoodic Institute staff will be onboard to highlight the many conservation and ecological successes, as well as continuing challenges and research taking place in Frenchman Bay and on the surrounding coastline. Naturalists will be available to answer questions and point out the diverse wildlife we may encounter. The evening winds down as we cruise back to port with a sunset over Frenchman Bay.

There will be a cash bar and light refreshments available. Space is limited. Register HERE.

2016 Acadia National Park BioBlitz
Register now

Have you registered for the 2016 Acadia National Park BioBlitz? Be a citizen scientist for a day in this hands-on biodiversity event! This year our focus is on Lepidoptera - our beautiful, diverse, and ecologically important butterflies, skippers, and moths. From July 23 -24, 2016, explore insect diversity of the region and help Acadia National Park managers gain important insight into environmental change. Register HERE!
Free Events
June 30 Protecting Acadia National Park: Reflecting on the Past and Preparing for the Future, 7 pm
July 12 
Reception: Artist Duncan Martin 5 - 7 p.m.
July 15, Second Century Stewardship Celebration (RSVP)
July 21
 Brown Bag Lunch: What is the BioBlitz? Noon
July 24 - 30 Cultural Connections Program
July 26 Ocean Acidification is about people too. 7 - 8 p.m.
Register for these events here 
July 9-10SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat 
July 17 Centennial Shore, Seabird and Whale Watch Cruise 4 - 7:30 p.m.
July 23 - 24, ANP 2016 BioBlitz
July 24 - August 6, Oceanswide SCUBA Science Camp
July 24 - August 6, Oceanswide: Marine Tech & Science Camp
July 25 -29 AP Summer Institutes

More Events at; check often for new events!

En Plein Air / Dancing with Steel 
A pop-up performance series by Alison Chase

On July 28, at 7:00 p.m., Schoodic Arts for All will host Alison Chase/Performance as they team up with the Atlantic Clarion Steel Band to present world-class dance and music. This renowned contemporary dance company will present a repertoire of favorites and new works that bring humor, illusion, athleticism, and movement innovation.  This is an outdoor performance at Rockefeller Hall on the Schoodic Institute campus, and an Acadia Centennial event. Suggested donation - $15. No registration required.


Acadia Birding Festival

On Friday, June 3,  Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz led a Schoodic Peninsula field trip as part of the Acadia Birding Festival with Kyle Lima, a UMaine student conducting Spruce Grouse surveys.

A visit by 12 participants included a banding demonstration by MDIFW Songbird Specialist Adrienne Leppold. Adrienne deftly blew back the feathers of the belly of a Hermit Thrush to reveal a brood patch, indicating that the bird was a female with a nest nearby and eggs to incubate.

Artist Retreat with Ecology Lessons

Earlier this month, 12 artists from all over the country came together for an artist retreat - a week of inspiration focusing on the maritime forest and coastal ecology in Acadia National Park. Read more HERE.


Media attention to Schoodic

$1 Million gift, Focus on Science in National Parks, Launched at Acadia National Park. June 27, 2016.

Maine-based Philanthropist Gives $1M for Park Science Project. June 26, 2016.

Maine entrepreneur donate $1M to National Park Service. June 26, 2016., Bangor.

Maine entrepreneur gives $1 Million for science programs in Acadia. June 25, 2016. Bangor Daily News.

Idexx Founder donates $1 Million for Science Initiative at Acadia National Park. June 25, 2016. Portland Press Herald.

Acadia National Park at 100 - Its Past, Present, and Future. June 24, 2016. MBPN LIVE from the Schoodic Institute campus.

Oceanic Robot Launched on Tuesday. June 15, 2016. Fox 22 WFVX ABC 7. Bangor

Schoodic Institute taking over Winter Harbor marina. June 2, 2016. Bangor Daily News.

Show Your Support with Schoodic Institute
Apparel and Gifts

Ready to show your support for Schoodic Institute?

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!  

Volunteers Needed for ANP Shoreline Clean-up

Shoreline Clean-up Schedule: 
Meet at Frazer Point - 9:00 AM
Friday, July 8, 2016
Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
Wed. Sep. 7, 2016

Sign in and receive a safety brief, trash bags,water, etc. Volunteers are asked to dress in comfortable layers,which include long pants, and sturdy shoes. Bring insect repellent, a hat or sunscreen, along with your favorite pair of work gloves. Friends of Acadia will provide water to fill or refill personal water bottles, a light snack, and work gloves for those who do not have them. Please note this event will be canceled in case of inclement weather. 

July Brown Bag Lunch 

Bring your lunch on July 21, 2016, and join us as Schoodic Institute interns share all you'll need to know about the Acadia National Park BioBlitz. 
Brown bags lectures are offered free, at noon on the third Thursday of each month. No registration needed.

Seasonal Field Techs
at Schoodic Institute

Join us in welcoming this season's field technicians.

Schoodic Institute field technicians Elizabeth Orcutt (left) and Nicole Gallup (right) are assisting with research projects this summer.  Elizabeth graduated from Unity College with a degree in Wildlife biology and a minor in botany. Nicole is a recent graduate from Westfield State University with a degree in Environmental science and a minor in biology and geographic information systems. 

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