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President's Message

Hello friends,

For those of us interested in the natural world, spring is an easy time to celebrate and be grateful for.  This spring has started with some cold spells, in seeming counterpoint to the mild winter.  We're also seeing many signs of spring, from red maple buds opening to the arrival of Phoebes here at Rockefeller Hall.  It won't be long until more of our seasonal migrants arrive.

It will be a fun season ahead, with many opportunities to learn and participate in science.  Sign up right away if you, or someone you know, is interested in a birding tour with Seth Benz and Bob Duchesnes, where you'll not only learn and explore, but also contribute observation data to science.  Or register for a SOLO course to learn and practice outdoor safety and first aid.  Whatever your preference, we hope to see you - and appreciate your support.  


Latest News

March, 2016

Welcoming Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli  
Schoodic Institute's first
Forest Ecology Program Director

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Nicholas Fisichelli as the Institute’s first Forest Ecology Program Director. 

Fisichelli is a forest ecologist examining natural resource dynamics in a continuously changing world. He focuses on protected areas and the effects of climate change, non-native species, and disturbances such as wind and fire. Prior to coming to the Schoodic Institute, he worked for the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program developing and applying management-relevant science, including global change impacts to forests, plant and wildlife species, protected area operations, and visitor experience. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota in 2012. He also previously worked at Shenandoah National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Oceanswide returns to Schoodic Institute

Oceanswide, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together students and scientists at sea in the Gulf of Maine, returns this summer to offer an exciting and expanded lineup of marine-science camps.

Five unique residential camps will be available to students attending fifth-grade through college. Each of the four week long programs provides innovative science-based curricula, hands-on intertidal exploration around Schoodic, working understanding of ROVs (remotely operated submarine) and additional activities with scientists.

Students attending an Oceanswide summer marine program at Schoodic Institute will also participate in citizen science with Institute and Acadia staff researchers. 

Upcoming Events

April 2016
April 9, 2016 Winter Birding and Brunch
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
April 24, 2016: Movies at Moore!  Oceans  
3 PM - Suggested donation $3.00 at the door. Moore Auditorium
April 21, 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Series: Humpback Whales 12 - 1 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
June 9 -13  Mountains to the Sea I
June 17 - 21  Mountains to the Sea II
August 19 - 23  Maine's Winged Migration I
Learn more about these tours HERE.

More Events at; check often for new events!


Schoodic Institute was pleased to host a community reception for Acadia National Park Superintendent, Kevin Schneider on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Welcome Center, Rockefeller Hall.

Media attention to Schoodic

Schoodic Institute names new Forest Ecology Program Director.  April 4, 2016. Ellsworth American.
SERC Update Offered. February 27, 2016. MDIslander

In March, the Southwest Harbor Public Library celebrated Women’s History Month and the Centennial with “A Passion for Acadia,” an exhibit and series of events focused on art, women, and Acadia. In "Women Leaders of Acadia National Park and Schoodic Institute," Hannah Webber, Kate Petrie and Alexa Pezzano spoke to guests on programs and research currently underway at the Institute.
 Birding & Brunch at Schoodic
Spring migratory birds are returning. Join Bird Ecology Program Director, Seth Benz, for Birding and Brunch at Schoodic Institute on April 9, 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 waterfowl and land birds. 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.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Schoodic Institute kicked off a Brown Bag Lunch Series with a backyard composting presentation in March. 

We offer a range of topics to guide present and future generations to a greater understanding and appreciation for nature and the local environment. 

Bring your lunch and join us as we welcome Rosemary Seton, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator at Allied Whale, on April 24, 2016. 

We meet the third Thursday of each month for a free, hour long program. No registration needed.

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.
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