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President's Message

Hello friends,

The Acadia Winter Festival was a great experience at Schoodic - and is still underway on MDI.  We have been pleased to welcome a great mix of year-round residents, seasonal residents (who came back to the area for the festival), and new visitors.  

They enjoyed it as much as we did: here's some feedback from a participant that was new to Schoodic Institute:
"The Institute represents what we feel is some of the best thinking to make use of Acadia’s natural and unique qualities.  To us, the Institute is a wonderful place for the casual visitor to gain a better understanding of nature and its value to all of us.  And, we learned that the Institute provides opportunities for valuable research.  Awesome!

During the Winter Festival we attended sessions with several of your staff and were very favorably impressed with their knowledge and the ability to transmit that knowledge to us who are not scientists or skilled outdoors people.

We will be watching for upcoming activities and look forward to being with you again."

The weather was warm and comfortable, with no snow on the ground. Maine experienced one of its warmest winters on record.  This, of course, is not all good news.  

As one clear example of the potential for new challenges in a changing environment: our snowshoe hares are conspicuous in their seasonal white fur in a snow-free forest, and likely more vulnerable to predation as a result. Here at the Institute, we are partnering in, and encouraging, research on how changing environmental conditions are affecting the natural resources of Acadia and the region.

Thank you for your help!

Latest News

February, 2016

Position Announcements

Advancement Associate
Field Technicians

Schoodic Institute has a vacancy open for a full-time Advancement Associate whose primary responsibility will be to contribute to the donor cultivation, fundraising, and database management efforts of the Institute. 

Schoodic Institute is also seeking two temporary, full-time Field Technicians to assist in research and citizen science projects. Click here for more information.

Research in Acadia National Park

Another Record-breaking Year.

Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator at the National Park Service reports that 88 field projects contributed to increased knowledge of Acadia National Park in 2015. This total is a new high and marks the third consecutive record-breaking year. Research projects covered a wide range of topics, including studies of fish, beavers, and other species; glacial retreat, fire history; archeology; natural sounds; education; the economic impact of bicycling; and visitors’ perceptions of climate change. The Acadia National Park Science Symposium, held at Schoodic Institute in October, highlighted much of the work. Proceedings of the symposium can be found here.  

Winter in Acadia - A Creative Photography Retreat

February, 2016

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, three-term Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park, including the park’s first winter AIR, led a one-of-a-kind photography adventure over two weeks in February. This was a unique experience for participants as most photographers do not experience the park in winter. Miniuk-Sperry used a blend of lectures, critiques, and outdoor excursions mixed with free time for photographers to explore their own creative vision. By the end of the workshop, photographers created a new portfolio of photographic work based on their winter experiences to share with their broad audiences at home. 
You can read a personal essay about Miniuk-Sperry's winter visit to Acadia here.

Upcoming Events

March 2016
March 12, 2016 Winter Birding and Brunch
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
March 20, 2016: Movies at Moore!  Fly Away Home  3 p.m.; Cost $3.00 at the door. Moore Auditorium
March 24, 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series: Backyard Composting 12 - 1 p.m.
Marjorie Peronto, UMAINE Cooperative Extension Service.
March 28, 2016 Community Welcome Reception for ANP Superintendent Kevin Schneider
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

SOLO Wilderness First Responder course
May 21 - 29, 2016
SOLO Wilderness First Aid  June 17-18
SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat  July 9-10

Registration is now open for popular summer Birding Tours and AP Summer Institutes. Reserve your space early.

More Events at; check often for new events!

The Acadia Winter Festival Continues

Celebrate Acadia National Park's Centennial with the second annual Acadia Winter Festival. Despite having no snow, Schoodic Institute enjoyed five days of good weather and great activities,with visitors from across New England. Our festival partner, Camp Beech Cliff continues the celebration March 2 - March 6, 2016 on MDI. Click on the image below for more information.



Photo by three-term Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Colleen Miniuk-Sperry during one of her two back-to-back workshops: "Winter in Acadia" - A Creative Photography Retreat.

Schoodic Institute President Mark Berry and Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider greet participants at the Acadia Winter Festival.  

Please join us in welcoming Superintendent Schneider at a community reception on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Schoodic Institute Welcome Center, Rockefeller Hall, Winter Harbor. Light refreshments will be served.

Media attention to Schoodic

Acadia Winter Festival helps celebrate outdoors. February 24, 2016. MDIslander

National Park Service video features dragonfly mercury project founded at UMaine. February 24, 2016. UMaine Today.

Winter Festival to Kick off Acadia Centennial Celebration. February 24, 2016.

NPS winter festival highlight. February 22, 2016.

How to enjoy snowy trails, frozen lakes in Acadia National Park. February 5, 2016. Bangor Daily News

Winter Birding & Brunch
at Schoodic

On February 28, 2016, Acadia Winter Festival birding tour participants enjoyed a chilly but clear day along the auto loop on the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park. 

Join Bird Ecology Program Director, Seth Benz, for the next Winter Birding and Brunch at Schoodic Institute on March 12, 2016. This program begins in the classroom with instruction from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. followed by a one and a half hour tour visiting hot spots along the Schoodic Peninsula searching for winter waterfowl and land birds. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Plan on walking short distances. Spotting scopes will be provided or participants can bring their own.

Following the bird tour, join us for a delicious brunch at 11:00 a.m. in Schooner Commons. To register, call Michelle at  207-288-1356.

Sandwich buffet
Interested in hosting your meeting, research or science conference with us? Learn more about our dining services and accommodations on our unique coastal campus here.

Acadia Winter Festival 2016

Traditional snowshoe historian, collector and craftsman, Bill Mackoski.

Participants prepared meals under the instruction of Ed Pontbriand in an outdoor Dutch Oven cooking class.
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