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President's Message

Hello friends,

I hope you've been enjoying Acadia's Centennial summer, and finding opportunities to appreciate the park or other outdoor places nearby.  Spending time in the natural world is more than fun - it's good for our health and our brains.  

We're committed to helping more people connect to and enjoy the natural world, and to making connections between science, learning, and conservation so that future generations will be stewards of our special places and important natural values.  

If you haven't yet had an opportunity to watch "Second Century Stewardship: Science Beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park", it will air Saturday on Maine Public Broadcasting Network at 11 am.  

Also see the link below for video of artist Duncan Martin's great presentation about his project painting in 58 national parks over 58 months - the exhibit is up at Moore Auditorium through August.  You could see it on August 17, 2016 at 7 p.m., when Nick Fisichelli, Schoodic Institute Forest Ecology Director presents "Seeing the Forest and the Trees: natural history of Acadia's woods". Join us for this informative talk and gain a new understanding and appreciation for Acadia's woods.  

If you're a supporter of Schoodic Institute, thank you again!  You make our work to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages possible.


Latest News

August, 2016

Dr. Abbey Paulson awarded
Second Century Science Fellowship

Dr. Elizabeth “Abbey” L. Paulson has been awarded the first Second Century Science Fellowship by Schoodic Institute. Dr. Paulson is a newly graduated PhD from the University of Colorado. The announcement was made July 15, 2016 in Bar Harbor, Maine during a celebration of the new science partnership between the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and other institutions.

Dr. Paulson’s research project entitled ‘Environmental DNA analysis of soil and intertidal communities and freshwater habitat connectivity in Acadia National Park’ supports the goals of the Second Century Stewardship Partnership, with a focus on research relevant to informing stewardship and management of Acadia National Park, potential to advance science education, communication, and public engagement. Learn more about the Second Century Science Fellowship here.


Centennial Shore, Seabird and Whale Watch Benefit
Cruise highlights conservation, research and education

Schoodic Institute and Maine Coast Heritage Trust extend a thank you to the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company for donating a cruise on July 15.  The Centennial Shore, Seabird and Whale Watch drew more than 150 passengers who enjoyed an informational voyage.  Passengers enjoyed sightings of porpoise, seals, and Gemini, a humpback whale. A special stop just offshore from Petit Manan Island allowed guests an opportunity to see puffins, razor-billed auks, and terns. Proceeds were shared to benefit the work of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Schoodic Institute. See more photos.

Acadia's biodiversity studied during BioBlitz

In addition to the physical collection of Lepidoptera: moths and butterflies at the 2016 BioBlitz, Schoodic Institute, with the support from Carrie Seltzer of National Geographic, conducted a workshop on using iNaturalist. 31 iNaturalist participants submitted 632 all-taxa observations from Acadia National Park that included 167 species. iNaturalist is both a tool to document nature observations from a community of people, from all walks of life, interested in the biodiversity of planet earth. This activity allows for the use of smart phones, iPads and digital cameras to photograph target species and contribute to a biodiversity database devoted to Acadia National Park. To learn more about iNaturalist click HERE.

Thank You Business Members

With appreciation, Schoodic Institute welcomes Dead River Company, Realty of Maine, and Sutherland Weston as our newest 2016 business members. We extend a special thank you to business member West Street Cafe for continued support of Schoodic Institute, and to the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company for their support of a cruise for the third consecutive year.

Free Events
August 13: Visit the Schoodic Institute display at the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
August 17: Seeing the Forest and the Trees - natural history of Acadia's woods. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Moore Auditorium, Institute campus.
August 18: Brown Bag Lunch Series- Ecology of Fly Fishing with D.J. Schmidt. 12 Noon - 1:00 p.m. Moore Auditorium, Institute campus.
September 12: Safe Encounters with the Out of Doors: Sept. 12, 3:30 - 5 p.m.  Moore Auditorium, Institute campus.
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August 27  Capture the Night Workshop - with photographer Brent Ander. 

More Events at; check often for new events!
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Media attention to Schoodic

Five National Park Citizen Science projects anyone can join. August 1, 2016.

Second Century Stewardship. July 27, 2016. AAAS.

Parks Face Greatest Threat: Climate Change. July 26, 2016. / Environment and Energy Publishing

Volunteers Flock to BioBlitz event on Schoodic Peninsula. July 26, 2016. Ellsworth American

Scientists and Volunteers Join Acadia National Park Biodiversity Search. July 24, 2016. Bangor

Oceanographer touts inquiry. July 22, 2016. Mount Desert Islander

Duncan Martin debuts National Parks paintings at Schoodic Institute. July 18, 2016.

Noted oceanographer joins National Park science push. July 13, 2016. Mount Desert Islander

Winter Harbor Campers Flying Underwater Robots. July 8, 2016. Bangor

Some find more peace by traveling to Schoodic Peninsula. July 6, 2016., Bangor

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

For the month of August, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag at the Hannaford store located at 86 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, Maine. Bag purchases must be made at this location ONLY for donation to be applied. 
Thank you for your support!

Volunteers Needed for ANP Shoreline Clean-up

Shoreline Clean-up Schedule: 
Meet at Frazer Point - 9:00 AM
Monday, Aug. 8, 2016
Wed. Sep. 7, 2016

Dress in comfortable layers, long pants, and sturdy shoes. Bring insect repellent, a hat or sunscreen, and work gloves. Schoodic Institute will provide water to fill or refill personal water bottles, a light snack, and work gloves for those who do not have them. Please note this event will be canceled in case of inclement weather. 

Auugust Brown Bag Lunch 

Bring your lunch on August 18, 2016, and join DJ Schmidt for the Ecology of Fly Fishing.
Brown bag talks are free, at noon on the third Thursday of each month. 

August Art Exhibit


Click here to WATCH: Into a Large Place, a presentation by artist Duncan Martin.

The public is welcome to view Martin's exhibit, 'Into a Large Place' during special viewing hours in August at Moore Auditorium on the Institute campus every Tuesday & Thursday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. No registration is required.

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