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!