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President's Message

Hello friends,

In this time of significant upheaval, I'm reminded of the importance of our natural environment as a place for reflection.  We are fortunate in Downeast Maine to have Acadia, and a great many other special places, permanently conserved, and open to all to visit and enjoy.

These places of inspiration need our stewardship - and Schoodic Institute is here to help advance the science and learning opportunities that contribute to their care.  

I feel extraordinarily fortunate to do this work, in this place, alongside a wonderful team of employees, volunteers, and Board members, and our many partners, including the hard-working employees at Acadia National Park.  

This could also be an opportunity for you or someone you know - the Institute is often hiring.  Right now I'm seeking a great candidate for an Executive Assistant and will be reviewing applications soon.  We also have a position open at the Schoodic Marine Center, and others on the Institute campus.  

Finally, I hope to see many of you during the Acadia Winter Festival or one of our other upcoming programs. For a taste of the opportunity of a winter visit to Schoodic, see Bryan Pfeiffer's blog posts and those from our recent intern Chelsea Alley.  


Latest News

February, 2017

Science Communications Intern

Meet January's Schoodic Institute's Guest Blogger

Science communication refers to public communication presenting science-related topics to non experts. Schoodic Institute was fortunate to have Hollins University sophomore and environmental studies major, Chelsea Alley contribute science and outreach communications for the month of January. Chelsea was tasked with researching, writing, revising, and publishing three blog posts for the Institute website. She worked daily with researchers and other interns in the field to interview researchers about their work, and develop a story from the experiences. 

Stories included, Getting a Birds-eye-view on Climate Change; Trees Stand to teach More on Climate Change; and Beautiful and Busy: An Intern's Look at Schoodic Institute in January.

 Find Your Winter with Schoodic Institute!

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hosts the 3rd annual Acadia Winter Festival, February 10 - 12, 2017. This year’s festival offers fun activities to get adults, kids, families and friends active and outdoors to connect and explore the natural world in winter. Schoodic Institute President Mark Berry and Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider kick-off the festival Friday afternoon with a cross country ski excursion in Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor. No snow? No worries - hike the trails instead!
Register for everyone’s favorite - outdoor cooking with a dutch oven or enjoy new events this year; The Maine Lumberjack Show, a canine search and rescue demo, the award-winning film: The Great Alone, or a presentation about salmon in the rivers of downeast complete with food tasting. Guests are invited to meet the artist and winner of the Acadia Winter Festival poster contest at an artist reception, build a quinzhee hut, enjoy a winter ecology hike, or a winter birding tour followed by a hearty brunch. Attend interesting lectures on the Maine Ice Age Trail, or the historical lifestyle changes experienced on the coast of Maine in winter. Kids can build a gingerbread house, join a Leave-No-Trace scavenger hunt or learn about winter wildlife survival.
As always guests can pre-register for hearty, delicious meals and comfortable accommodations on campus. Music, hot chocolate and an ice cream social round out the weekend. Find your winter! See the full list of scheduled programs and register at!


Get Your Senior Pass to Acadia National Park!

The National Park Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass provides access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including Acadia National Park. The Senior Pass will be on sale at the Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor town offices, and the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park on select dates in February and March. Click HERE for the schedule.
The lifetime Senior Pass is currently available for a one-time purchase of $10. The fee will increase to $80 later this year. The Senior Pass is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years or older. It covers entrance fees and provides discounts on some other recreation fees, such as camping. The Senior Pass admits the pass owner and accompanying passengers in a noncommercial vehicle to Acadia National Park and other recreation sites across the country.

Institute Internet, WiFi and Cellular Service Upgrades

Late in the summer of 2016, Schoodic Institute partnered with IT vendor, Coastal Computer of MDI to increase public and housing Wi-Fi access on its campus. New equipment, lines, and access points were installed in all housing unit buildings making a major improvement to internet availability. Wi-Fi is now available at Schoodic Institute’s Ball Field, Pavilion, and private campground providing guests internet access in those highly utilized areas.
Schoodic Institute also partnered with Wireless Partners, LLC. in erecting a 4G LTE cellular repeater on-site.  This was a major improvement in 4G LTE coverage with cellular carrier Verizon Wireless.  At almost all points on the Institute campus, there is 4-5 bars of 4G LTE service. AT&T cellular over wi-fi capable phones can now make phone calls via any of our Wi-Fi networks thereby improving the quality and quantity of AT&T cellular service to our guests.
Schoodic Institute has also recently Increased internet bandwidth on our campus by 400%. This synchronous dedicated internet service comes to campus via fiber optic cable.

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 are currently seeking an Executive Assistant to the CEO. To learn more about this and other employment opportunities, and to apply, please visit our employment page HERE.

February 10 - 12, 2017:  Acadia Winter Festival 2017 - Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor

Free Events
February 10, 2017‘Water Froze on the Nightstand Overnight’ – The History of Being Cold in Maine, presented by COA professor Todd Little-Siebold. 7:00 PM - Moore Auditorium.

February 11, 2017: Downeast Maine's Ice Age Trail - presented by Dr. Hal Borns. 7:00 PM - Moore Auditorium.

February 12, 2017: FILM: The Great Alone. 7:00 PM Moore Auditorium

February 16, 2017: Brown Bag Lunch Series - Thoreau's Journey in the Maine Woods, by Paul Johnson. Noon - 1 PM
Registration Required
February 12, 2017: Winter Birding and Brunch at Schoodic, with Schoodic Institute Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz. 9:00 - 11:00 AM.
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

The Arctic Comes Visiting January, 13, 2017.

The Point of Schoodic Point. January, 7, 2017.

Getting a Scientist to Accept Your Data. December 30, 2017.

WATCH: Live Institute Programs 
on FaceBook 

Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park work together to present interesting and dynamic public lectures and other educational opportunities.  Topics may vary widely, but are focused on natural and cultural history and the arts. We average 1 to 2 public lectures per month in the modern, 124-seat Moore auditorium.  Most programs are later posted to our website or available through our YouTube Channel; some have been available as live streams.  In addition to these options, we plan on sharing programs LIVE to our friends on Facebook. Thanks for following Schoodic Institute!

January Birding Observations

Known for blustery days when surf and rock collide, Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park is a haven for wave-riding birds or the occasional rock-perching raptor. Early January has not disappointed. A snowy owl was seen on two consecutive days - first near the point of Little Moose Island across Arey Cove, then photographed on Schoodic Point. 

Through these first dozen days of the new year,
eBird statistics – a well-known repository for submitting bird observations – reports that 11 separate checklists have been submitted by 9 observers with a yield of 25 total species seen. 
Michael Good photo.

Brown Bag Lunch
February 16, 2017  

The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail 

The Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail consists of traditional Wabanaki canoe routes and portages in Maine’s Kennebec and Penobscot River drainages over which Henry David Thoreau traveled in his three excursions into the Maine Woods, his last two with Penobscot Indian guides.
Enjoy a slide show presentation by Paul Johnson, member of Maine Woods Forever, and all volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the legacy of Maine’s forests and woodlands.

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

Schoodic Institute Welcomes 2017
Business Members

Schoodic Institute is extremely grateful to our most recent 2017 business members for their support! Please learn more about our business membership program HERE. With appreciation, we recognize Cadillac Mountain Sports and Brown, Holmes and Milliken

An Extraordinary Destination
for Science. Visit Today!

Your research is exciting! Your colleagues are inspiring! Don't let your conference be ordinary!

Schoodic Institute can help drive the success of your conference from our bold and inspirational setting at Schoodic Point in Winter Harbor, conveniently located one hour from Bangor International Airport. We offer an auditorium, meeting rooms and classrooms, along with lodging and full-service dining facilities for up to 125 guests. Open year-round, your group can enjoy field trip options, and a convenient walking campus. Partner with Schoodic Institute and support science, education, and our National Parks. To learn more call 207-288-1337 or email

Artist-in-Residence Applications Close February 10, 2017

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. In the spring and fall, the park provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. Apply HERE before February 10, 2017. 

Show Your Support with Schoodic Institute
Apparel and Gifts

Ready to show your support for Schoodic Institute? Stay warm with a fleece beanie this winter!

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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