Second Century Stewardship

The partners of the Second Century Stewardship: Science for America’s National Parks announce the availability of Research Fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park. The selected Research Fellows will contribute to strengthening and broadening public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.

Second Century  Stewardship (SCS) was founded in 2016 by Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service (NPS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the David Shaw Family Foundation. SCS seeks to advance conservation and ecosystem science and support stewardship of park resources. 


The RFP can be found HERE. The application portal on the website will open on September 17, 2018.

Proposals must be submitted by midnight eastern U.S. time on October 26, 2018.

A webinar overview of Second Century Stewardship, the Research Fellowship, the application process, and park research priorities will be held on Monday September 17, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Please register HERE.

Second Century Stewardship was created in 2016 as a collaboration between, Schoodic Institute, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to advance science and inspire audiences of all ages by inviting visitors and others to view national parks through a “science lens” while providing authentic learning experiences.

On June 25, 2016, David Shaw, a trustee of the National Park Foundation, announced a $1 million gift to set in motion a vision of the next century’s legacy for America’s national parks. Today, partners Schoodic Institute, the U.S. National Park Service, and the David E. Shaw Charitable Trust further the effort.

Second Century Stewardship began at Acadia National Park and will grow to include national parks across the country, advancing science and engaging with audiences of all ages – not just those who visit national parks, but all people, each of whom has a share in protecting and preserving our nation’s natural places and maintaining the vital health of our air, soil and water.

The National Park Service

Acadia National Park currently serves as the project pilot park. It is one of the nation’s most visited parks within the NPS. Acadia National Park leadership has a strong commitment to applying current research to its resource and visitor management decisions so as to protect those resources and assure the quality of visitor experiences and education.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National park is a non-profit partner to the NPS and is dedicated to promoting scientific literacy and environmental stewardship through science research and learning for all ages. Located within Acadia National Park the Institute weaves education with research, supports priority science, provides professional learning opportunities, and builds understanding and appreciation for the natural world.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous donation of David Shaw.

David Evans Shaw is managing partner of Black Point Group LP, with wide-ranging interests in technology companies and public service. His business creation, leadership, investment and board experience includes numerous science-based companies including IDEXX Laboratories, Ikaria, Curiosity Stream, Ironwood, Physion, Vets First Choice, Modern Meadow, and others. Shaw’s public service experience includes AAAS, the National Park Foundation, the Jackson Laboratory, the Sargasso Sea Alliance, State of Maine, Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Maine Medical Center, Hurricane Island Outward Bound, the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, Service Nation and others. He is a lifelong beneficiary of experiences in marine and terrestrial parks around the world.

View the feature-length film, Second Century Stewardship from David Shaw on Vimeo.

Second Century Stewardship from David Shaw on Vimeo.

The Second Century Stewardship partnership was announced and launched on June 25, 2016.


  • Support stewardship of park resources through advancing conservation and ecosystem science.
  • Strengthen public understanding of the importance of science for parks and society.
  • Increase public engagement with science.
  • Pursue solutions to critical conservation challenges.


  • Research fellowships focus on park stewardship challenges.
  • Science communication training for Second Century Stewardship Fellows, National Park Service staff and partners, and educators.
  • Enhance park education activities and school curricula infused with SCS Fellows’ research.
  • Convene leaders to pursue solutions to critical challenges.


Innovative science and engagement with managers and the public.

Communication workshops to improve skills of Second Century Stewardship Fellows, National Park staff, teachers, and other partners.

Symposia at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) highlight the role of science and communication to meet conservation challenges.

Tweets, blog entries, videos, op-eds, teacher trainings, public talks, and other science communication from Second Century Stewardship Fellows as a result of training.

Educators work with Second Century Stewardship Fellows to do fieldwork, manage and analyze data, and discuss how teachers will integrate information into school curricula.



2016 – Abbey Paulson, Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

2017 – Allyson Jackson, Ph.D. Oregon State University. Assistant Professor, Purchase College

2017 – Alessio Mortelliti, Ph.D. La Sapienza of Rome. Assistant Professor, UMaine

2017 – Chris Nadeau, Ph.D. student, University of Connecticut

2018 – Allison Gardner, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Assistant Professor, UMaine

2018 – Jennifer Smetzer, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Faculty, Smith College

For information about Second Century Stewardship or to join our effort, please contact CJ Langley at 207-288-1385 or email Visit our website at



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