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President's Message

Hello friends,

This is both a dismaying and a heartening time.  Scientific thought - a beautiful and essential process that lies behind our understanding of the world, our health care, our technology, and more - has been targeted by politicians and others that reject evidence, logic, and reason. 

On the positive side, we're seeing a strong outpouring of support for science, evidenced by the upcoming March for Science and hundreds of satellite marches around the world on Earth Day.

It's imperative now that we re-double our efforts to inspire current and future generations to care for the natural world and to appreciate learning.  There is no better or more inspiring set of places from which to lead this process than our national parks.  We will strive to reach more students, community members, and visitors through our programs and our partnerships.  

Latest News

April, 2017

Transition and Leadership Opportunity

Schoodic Institute has regretfully accepted the resignation of Erika Rowland as the Schoodic Institute Director of Programs due to a family medical issue.  Our search for a new Director of Programs to lead the Institute’s programs and partnerships in science and education is underway.

During the transition, four of our core program staff will be taking on additional interim responsibilities.  Education and Research Project Manager Hannah Webber, who leads Schoodic Institute’s intertidal research programs, will provide team coordination.  Nick Fisichelli will oversee development of research and university partnerships, including internship programs, in addition to his work as Forest Ecology Program Director.  Bill Zoellick will provide leadership and oversight for all education programs and partnerships, expanding from his current role as Director of Education Research.  Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz will coordinate public outreach programs, including presentations, lectures, and family events.

For additional information about the Director of Programs position please visit our employment opportunities page here.

 Teachers: Plan Your Summer Now!
AP Summer Institute registration open

Schoodic Institute offers Advanced Placement Summer Institutes on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Acadia National Park. The park provides a unique setting for intense work with other teachers and institute instructors. Two sessions are now available; July 23 -28, 2017, and July 30 - August 4, 2017.

"...I am bringing these certifications back to Oklahoma, and this experience will impact the state in several positive ways...".  
           - Robin Denise Kirk, 2016 AP Institute attendee

There are accommodations for participating teachers on the Schoodic Institute campus at Schoodic Point, surrounded by spruce and fir forests and the Atlantic Ocean.  College credits are provided by Endicott College through the Maine Educators’ Consortium. Click HERE to view 2017 courses and register today!


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 have new postings! We are currently seeking a director of programsfield ecology technicians, and kitchen and housekeeping staff.  To learn more about all employment opportunities and to apply, please visit our employment page HERE.

Last Chance to Register

SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) week-long course begins April 22, 2017 and is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat and SOLO Wilderness First Aid courses run later this spring. Commuter and resident rates and options are available. Click on the links for additional information and registration.
Free Events
April 6, 2017: Brown Bag: North Woods Law - An in depth look. Corporal John MacDonald discuss the challenges and rewards of being a game warden in Maine, based on 19 years of service and six years managing the North Woods Law television show. 12 noon - 1 PM  - Moore Auditorium.

April 27, 2017: Brown Bag Lunch Series - Harbingers of Spring: Wildflowers and migrating birds return to Acadia. Come refresh your memory on some of the spring wildflowers and returning bird species that we haven’t seen in almost a year. Noon - 1 PM

Register For:

April 22 - 29, 2017: SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder
June 9 - 11, 2017: Venture Outside - Active Wellness Retreat. Call 207-749-0501
See all Venture Outside programs at Schoodic Institute HERE.

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

With Neighboring Marine Labs, Bowdoin Commits to Longterm Gulf Project. March 20, 2017.

Maine's North Woods will Move to Canada Under Current Climate Models. March 9, 2017.

A Threat By Any Other Name. March 6, 2017.

Spotted at Frazer Point!
American Woodcock

Is spring really here? Bird Ecology Director Seth Benz saw this American Woodcock probing the ground for earthworms or other invertebrates at Frazer Point last week. 
These short distant migrants winter from southern VA south through the southeastern US and over toward TX.
Woodcocks have a wonderful courtship “sky dance” and parade on the ground turning to each direction with a very loud “peent”, then fly into an upward spiral.
Sound is made by wind slipping through the bird’s outer 3 wing feathers (primaries) while the bird zigs and zags up and then back to ground. Spectacular to see!

North Woods Law!
Warden Service at Schoodic
April 6, 2017

Click on the image above for details. Free and no registration required!
In case you missed it!
Climate Change and Northeastern Forests

Presented by
Maria Janowiak, US Forest Service

Brown Bag Lunch
April 20, 2017  

Harbingers of spring: Wildflowers and migrating birds return to Acadia 

Come refresh your memory on spring wildflowers and returning birds.
Schoodic Institute's Bird Ecology Director Seth Benz, and Forest Ecology Director Nick Fisichelli lead this fun and informative talk.

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

The Anatomy of the Landscape

Learn how to draw the landscape by studying its underlying formation and structure. Artist Judy Taylor of Seal Cove, Maine leads this retreat. Enjoy field studies with ornithologists, geologists and foresters. Visit HERE for details and registration.
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