Middle school students become citizen scientists when they attend the acclaimed multi-day, residential outdoor Schoodic Education Adventure (SEA) programs led on campus by Acadia National Park educators. Curriculum-based and hands-on field experiences on the rugged coast of Maine offer an unparalleled experience for students and an exciting way to build science literacy and enthusiasm.

The low-cost SEA program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and integrated across the Common Core, including programs in math, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, health, and art.

Students use – and sometimes contribute to – real scientific research taking place in Acadia. Students practice small-group cooperation and communication skills while attending both ranger and teacher instruction.

The Schoodic Education and Research Center campus is accessible to the shoreline, wetland, and forest ecosystems. Ranger programs cover a wide variety of topics, such as:

  • Biological inventory of a forest
  • Mock archeology dig
  • Geology walk and bedrock geology mapping
  • Forest succession study
  • GPS mapping with computers
  • Marine investigations and population study by tidal depth

A well-stocked teacher’s library is available on site, providing prepared kits about diverse topics. Teachers also have the freedom to bring their own related lessons. See a complete list of standard available programs.

For more information on the SEA program, contact acad_education_office@nps.gov.