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President's Message

Hello friends,

I'm pleased to share with you Schoodic Institute's 2015 annual report.  I hope you'll enjoy reading about our year, in an attractive format featuring work by our Acadia Artists-in-Residence, among others.  

I'm also excited to announce a great employment opportunity - a potential dream job for a scientist to live and work on the Schoodic Peninsula.  Our Director of Programs will help lead Schoodic Institute into Acadia's second century.  

And don't miss your many opportunities for stimulating and engaging presentations and conversations, starting this afternoon and tonight, with a special presentation by members of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Commission that should interest anyone that cares about our oceans.  

Please watch your email for news on a special event on July 15.  Two days later, on July 17, join Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Schoodic Institute with Bar Harbor Whale Watch for  a Centennial Shore, Seabird and Whale Watch Cruise. Registration opens soon!

If you're eager to participate in science for Acadia, the Centennial BioBlitz on July 23-24 is not to be missed.  It will focus on lepidoptera - our beautiful, diverse, and ecologically important butterflies, skippers, and moths.  


Latest News

May, 2016

Position Announcement
Director of Programs

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is currently seeking a Director of Programs with ambition and motivation to contribute to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages. The Director of Programs will lead the development of new programs and partnerships, seek funding to advance the mission of Schoodic Institute, and coordinate the activities of research and education staff. The Director of Programs will work closely with the President as a key member of the management team. Additional information about the position is available here.

2015 Schoodic Institute Annual Report
Online version now available


Click on the cover above to view online.

2016 Acadia National Park BioBlitz  
Registration is now open

The Acadia National Park BioBlitz, a hands-on citizen science biodiversity event, begins July 23 through July 24, 2016, with collection and identification of Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths), focused on the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park. Additional information will soon be available on two public programs at Schoodic Woods, which will allow anyone to genuinely participate in the Bioblitz by recording observations through iNaturalist.

The Lead taxonomist is Michael Sabourin. Sabourin is an internationally known lepidopterist and field naturalist. He is a Research Associate of the McGuire Center in Florida and has studied at the Universities of Minnesota and Vermont. 

The event starts with check-in from 9 – 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 and continues through lunch on Sunday, July 24.  There will be an official orientation and Bioblitz strategy session at 10 a.m. in Moore Auditorium, on the Institute campus on Saturday. The collection period will commence Saturday at Noon and continue for 24 hours. Lab work will be spent sorting, pinning, and identifying collected as well as photographed specimens. This annual event is sponsored by Maine Entomological Society, Maine Forest Service, University of New HampshireUniversity of Maine, and Schoodic Institute. Register for BioBlitz here.

Upcoming Events

Tonight, May 26Protecting Special Ocean Places: How marine protected areas help sustain nature and people. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

June 3, Acadia Birding Festival: Hands-on-Birding, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
June 5-11 Summer Acadia Artist Retreat, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
June 7 Plants on Maine's Offshore Islands: Glenn Mittelhauser, 7 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
June 16 Brown Bag Lunch: Wild Seed Project, Noon
June 22 Climate Change for Beginners, Dean Goodwin, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
June 24 Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Maine, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
June 30, 2016 Protecting ANP: Reflecting on the past - preparing for the future. 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Register here now! Only a few spots left!
June 9 -13  Mountains to the Sea Bird Tour I
June 17 - 21  Mountains to the Sea Bird Tour II

June 17-18SOLO Wilderness First Aid  
July 9-10SOLO Wilderness First Aid Afloat 

More Events at; check often for new events!
Schoodic Institute welcomed children to campus, on May 14, 2016 to celebrate National Junior Ranger Day and International Migratory Bird Day.

76 children experienced hands-on-learning as 25 volunteers, rangers, and Institute staff led education stations on woodland and wetland animals, as well as feather and fish identification. Fire safety was a big hit, as kids tried their hand as a National Park Service firefighters. Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director, shared spotting scopes with young birders, while others learned  bird identification. Click here for more photos.

"I learned all kinds of things that I wouldn’t have been able to learn in a classroom. I learned a lot about the ocean and some about the animals and plants that inhabit it. I also learned quite a bit about the tools that would be used to research elements of the ocean. Also, we got to experience a bit about which tools are used to determine a weather forecast. It was definitely a cool experience, and definitely much better than just sitting in a classroom. I liked that we got to do everything the [...] teachers were explaining to us. We got to use all of the tools and everything." - Kaytee Reid, Pathways student, Sumner High School

Media attention to Schoodic

Acadia: Special Collector’s Edition summer 2016. Page 102. May 22, 2016. Down East Magazine.

Schoodic Marine Center to be transportation, visitor hub. May 19, 2016. The Working Waterfront,

Earthwatch Expedition 2015 – Climate change: Sea to Trees. Earthwatch Team video


iSWOOP training (Interpreters and Scientists Working On Our Parks) at Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, learn how to collect a core sample of peat. Peat can be used to extrapolate landscape changes over thousands of years!

June Brown Bag Lunch 

Bring your lunch and join us as we welcome Heather McCargo, from the Wild Seed Project on June 16, 2016. 
Brown bags are offered free the third Thursday of each month. No registration needed.

AP Summer Institutes.

Schoodic Institute offers Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in Acadia National Park.
The campus and park provide a unique setting for intense work with other teachers and institute instructors. Accommodations are available. Register here now! 

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