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President's Message

Hello friends,

We celebrate winter during the Acadia Winter Festival to encourage healthy outdoor activity year-round, and to use the fun of the event to increase appreciation for science and the natural world.  

It also, however, brings a natural focus on the changing winter conditions on the Maine coast.  This year, we happened to catch what proved to be a very brief window with snow on the ground for outdoor recreation - allowing participants to enjoy activities like cross-country skiing and building a quinzhee snow shelter.  We also heard how Mainers' expectations for winter comfort have changed rapidly, and how our landscape was shaped by past glaciation.  See some more highlights and photos below.  

It seems we're now rapidly entering spring - though the equinox is still three weeks away, and more cold temperatures are still to come, we've had unseasonable warmth over the last week.  The spring season also means we're ramping up our staff, with positions just announced for research technicians.  

Thanks to all of you, for your steadfast support of the Institute.  We also have lots of opportunities for you to visit and learn with us.  I hope you enjoy the stories we're sharing here - including the photo of our newest supporter, who is the first we know of to have "Schoodic" in their name!  


Latest News

March, 2017

McDonough MacKenzie Receives 
Smith Conservation Fellowship

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a 2016 Schoodic Institute Research Fellow has recently been awarded the prestigious David H. Smith Fellowship. McDonough MacKenzie will begin a new 2-year project in Acadia National Park. To learn more about her research, we invite you to read Caitlin's guest post HERE. Congratulations Caitlin!

Second Century Stewardship Clip
in Science Film Showcase

Last month Southern New England friends had an opportunity to enjoy a clip of SECOND CENTURY STEWARDSHIP: Science Beyond the Scenery at Acadia National Park at the AAAS Science Film Showcase at the Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline MA. Produced and narrated by business entrepreneur David Shaw, this film explores Acadia's Stunning landscapes, and how science will shape the wise stewardship of this and other national treasures. Schoodic Institute President Mark Berry and Acadia National Park Science Coordinator Abe Miller-Rushing answered questions and the audience engaged with scientists and film makers behind five award-winning films.

 Same Ecosystem Management, Different Climate:

Results may vary from the past

A new study published in Restoration Ecology and co-authored by Schoodic Institute Forest Ecology Director, Nick Fisichelli, examines the challenges of ecosystem management under continuously changing conditions and provides a decision-making structure for resisting, accommodating, and directing change. Land managers have sets of trusted approaches to achieve their conservation and resource extraction goals. Changes to ecosystem conditions, such as climate, presence of non-native species, and habitat fragmentation, mean the outcomes of management actions may differ from those of the past.  Read the full story and link to the journal article HERE. 

Acadia Winter Festival Highlights

Schoodic Institute would like to thank our sponsors, presenters and guests for a successful Winter Festival! Check out photos and highlights from the weekend HERE


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 field ecology technicians; kitchen and housekeeping staff; and a marine center manager.  To learn more about all employment opportunities and to apply, please visit our employment page HERE.

Registration Open for SOLO Wilderness Courses

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
March 6, 2017: Lecture - Climate Change and Northeastern Forests: Risks, Opportunities and Ways to Adapt 7:00 PM - Moore Auditorium.

March 16, 2017: Brown Bag Lunch Series - "We are in this together: Working collaboratively to Conserve Maine's Most Vulnerable Fish and Wildlife" Noon - 1 PM

Register For:

March 10 - 12, 2017: Venture Outside - Winter Wellness Retreat. Call 207-749-0501
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

Our Parks, Our Future: An Evening with David Evans Shaw, Shawn Gorman & Lucas St. Clair. January 31, 2017.

Being Warm was a Luxury Way Back When. January 31, 2017.

Public Presentation: Climate Change and Northeastern Forests: Risks, Opportunities and Ways to Adapt

Across the Northeast, local forests have been shaped by unique combinations of landscape setting, climate and weather events, and shifting management priorities through time. Maria Janowiak is the Deputy Director of the USFS’ Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the coordinator for the New England Climate Change Response Framework. Janowiak will present examples from across the region that describe anticipated climate change impacts and adaptation actions with relevance for woodland owners, conservation organizations, and those interested in forests. Join us Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Moore Auditorium on the Institute campus.

In case you missed it!
Maine Ice Age Trail. Presented by
Dr. Hal Borns
of the 
University of Maine's Climate Change Institute.

OceansWide Offers Scholarships

Schoodic Institute is pleased to announce that OceansWide is bringing marine science camps to Schoodic for the third time in the summer of 2017.  These residential camps will give students 
opportunities to explore and learn about the seas around Schoodic, including in the intertidal, at sea, and with remotely operated submarines, or ROVs.
 Learn more about all the OceansWides camps HERE.

Brown Bag Lunch
March 16, 2017  

Conserving Maine's Most Vulnerable Fish and Wildlife
Amanda Shearin is a Wildlife Biologist and the Habitat Outreach Coordinator at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. This presentation will focus on which species are most at risk and some of the challenges, such as climate change and habitat fragmentation, facing these species.

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


"Born 1 November, 2016, Edward 
Schoodic Dudley received his middle name to honor our family's long-term association with Schoodic Point.  Starting in the early 1970's, we began visiting Little Moose Island for picnics, and this tradition has now continued over four generations.  We look forward to many more decades of visits to this wonderful locale, and to working further with the Schoodic Institute!" - Robert Dudley, Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley 

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Apparel and Gifts

Get ready for warmer weather!

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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