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President's Message

Hello friends,

I write today to share our news and updates as we approach the end of a remarkable year. The Institute has continued to deliver outstanding education experiences and led important science partnerships.  We've invested in the future by attracting outstanding new staff to carry the Institute forward into Acadia's second century, while making stronger contributions to science and learning locally, regionally, and nationally.  

Many of our subscribers contribute to make our work possible - and we thank you sincerely for your gifts of support.  

I also write today to ask and encourage every other recipient of this newsletter to consider a contribution.  It takes only a few seconds to make a gift.  

It has never been more urgent to invest more in the effort to increase appreciation for science, evidence, and the natural world.  To hear directly from teachers about the importance of this work, see the snowpack project video linked below.  If, like me, you believe Schoodic Institute can make important contributions to this effort, please join us now.  


Latest News

December, 2016

Schoodic Education Adventure Program Concludes for the 2016 Season

The Schoodic Education Adventure (SEA) program has concluded for the season. Curriculum-based and hands-on field experiences, led by Acadia National Park educators, offered an unparalleled experience for students to build science literacy and enthusiasm.

Above, Hebron (Maine) Station 5th & 6th grade students spent three days studying Acadia National Park as part of the SEA program. Selected areas of study included marine ecology, weather, and mapping. A special thank you to parents, teachers and the Acadia National Park team for another inspiring season. 
Learn more about our programs and how you can become involved HERE. Photo by L. Eusden

Chickadees Lead 2016 Bird-Banding Effort

Visitors to Schoodic Point this fall, if attuned to bird sounds, were greeted by the familiar calls of two of our most recognizable birds. “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee” and “Yank – yank - yank”-- the respective calls of the Black-capped Chickadee and Red-breasted Nuthatch. Hardly a minute of silence would pass before one or the other or both of these species would sound off, giving away their locations amidst the bordering trees. The nasal-voiced nuthatch was found near the tops of the green, spire-pointed spruce trees, while the chickadee was found generally lower down, from mid-canopy to the ground. These different foraging locations apparently point to a disparity in the number of each species caught in our three-meter high bird-banding mist-nets. Black-capped Chickadees - the lower-foraging, insect-seeking species - were captured at a rate 5 times greater than the higher foraging, cone-seeking Red-breasted Nuthatch. A list of the top ten species captured is HERE.


Acadia Winter Festival 2017 Sponsors

Winter is here and Schoodic Institute is proud to present the 3rd Annual Acadia Winter Festival on the
weekend of February 10-12! Our goal is to deliver transformational programs that educate and inspire
deeper connections to nature and the great outdoors in winter. Lodging and meals will be available at our beautiful facilities on the Schoodic Peninsula.
We welcome and thank Acadia Winter Festival Icebreaker ($100 level) sponsors, The Lobstore at DC Air and Seafood and Tradewinds Marketplace, and thank Pugnuts Ice Cream Shop in Surry as an in-kind sponsor and host of the afternoon ice cream social. If you or your business are interested in becoming a winter festival sponsor, please email: 2017 festival information can be found HERE.

New Schoodic Institute Newsletter!

If you're a current supporter of Schoodic Institute, you should have received the first issue of Findings, our new print newsletter.  If you're not yet supporting us - we thank you for your interest, and encourage you to consider becoming a member now!  

If you know someone you'd like to know more about the Institute, consider a gift membership in their name, or ask us to send them information.  Thank you!

An Extraordinary Destination for Science

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
Free Events
December 15, 2016: Brown Bag Lunch Series -  History of Local Christmas Bird Counts. Noon - 1PM
February 10 - 12, 2017:  Acadia Winter Festival 2017 - Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor

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

Philanthropy Plays Increasing Role in Advancing Science. November 28, 2016.

Give a Schoodic Institute Gift Membership this Holiday Season

This holiday season, you can make a difference by purchasing a Schoodic Institute Gift Membership for a loved one.  Actual gift amounts are at the donor's discretion.  All gifts help advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages.  Contact our offices to learn more, or simply visit the online donation page and select "Tribute Gift"  to include the recipient's name and contact information.  They will be sent a welcome packet introducing them to our work, and will be invited to become engaged on a deeper level by learning more about Schoodic Institute in the year ahead.  Help your friends and family become a part of what we do!

Snowpack Project - Watershed Science

Watch this video to hear directly from teachers who partnered with Schoodic Institute and University of Maine to engage their students in science!  The Future of Four Seasons in Maine was a Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnership to investigate climate change in seasonally snow-covered watersheds, funded by the NOAA B-WET program.

December Brown Bag Lunch 

For the past 50 plus consecutive years, Volunteer Count Compiler, Bill Townsend, has faithfully organized the Christmas Bird Count at Schoodic Point. On Thursday, December 15, 2016 at noon, Bill will present “The History of Local Christmas Bird Counts”. This informative talk will provide an overview of birdlife in our region in early winter, with insights into population changes over time.

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

Artist-in-Residence Applications Now Open

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. 

Acadia National Park
Half-price Entrance Pass

Acadia National Park annual entrance passes will be on sale at half-price for $25 during the month of December. Passes are available at the park headquarters visitor center, the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Harbor/Tremont Chamber of Commerce, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, and the town offices of Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro, Mount Desert, and Tremont.

The National Park Service retains 80 percent of the fees collected from annual pass sales to invest in critical improvements that directly benefit visitors at Acadia National Park. 

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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