Media Information

We invite the media to learn more about Schoodic Institute:

  • Schoodic Institute is a major contributor to a transformation of research and education through public engagement in science.
  • Our unique partnership with the National Park Service is a catalyst and magnet for ecosystem research and inspirational education experiences.
  • Projects incubated and tested here contribute to advancing research and education at statewide and national scales.
  • By inspiring people of all ages and helping them engage in science we accomplish and facilitate research that will advance our understanding and inform decision-making.
  • Schoodic Institute builds appreciation for the beauty and complexity of nature, encouraging civic engagement and resource stewardship.

    OceansWide ROV

    Photo Credit: Brett Seymour

We invite the media to contact us directly to learn more about ongoing citizen science initiatives, research, and major events. High-resolution photos are readily available.

MarkBerry, President and CEO,,  (207) 288-1349

Upcoming 2017 event and program opportunities for the media:


Celebrate Environmental Stewardship with former Senator George Mitchell

August 1, 2017. Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor, ME.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park invites you to celebrate environmental stewardship with former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Please join us for a public presentation and outdoor reception at Rockefeller Hall at 4:00 p.m. Event information HERE.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.


Acadia Winter Festival 2017
February 10 – 12, 2017. Schoodic Institute campus, Winter Harbor, ME.

Find your winter! Visit for more information as Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hosts Acadia Winter Festival 2017! New and interesting indoor and outdoor winter activities await. Enjoy park science right here in Acadia. Be sure to visit our FaceBook page as well for all the details.

Second Century Stewardship Celebration
July 15, 2016, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) The Bar Harbor Club
Join us for a celebration of the new science partnership between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute, the National Park Service, and other institutions. This celebration will include remarks from David Shaw and Dr. Sylvia Earle, and viewing of David Shaw’s new film, “Second Century Stewardship: Science Beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park”. Event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. See more details here.

Centennial Shore, Seabird and Whale Watch Cruise: A Benefit for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
July 17, 2016. Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Join Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Schoodic Institute with Bar Harbor Whale Watch for an evening cruise in honor of the Acadia Centennial, highlighting coastal conservation, research, and education in and around Acadia National Park.
Thanks to the generosity of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., all proceeds from this trip will benefit the nonprofit work of Maine Coast Heritage and Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. See more details here.

Acadia National Park 14th Annual BioBlitz – Hands-on Citizen Science Biodiversity event.
July 23 – 24, 2016. Schoodic Institute. 2016 BioBlitz Focus: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Lead Taxonomist: 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. Sabourin currently resides in Marshfield, Vermont where he has served as the Vermont Entomological Society president for several years.
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. It will be focused on the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park.  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 Hampshire, University of Maine, and Schoodic Institute. See more information here.

2015 Events:

Acadia National Park Schoodic Woods Ribbon Cutting, September 2
The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to attend the grand opening of Schoodic Woods Campground at 3 pm on Wednesday, September 2. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the campground ranger station with remarks by The Honorable Angus S. King, Jr., United States Senator; Sheridan Steele, Superintendent, Acadia National Park; and Mark Berry, President and CEO, Schoodic Institute. The campground will be open for self-guided tours starting at 3:30 pm, and the event will conclude with a presentation about the Schoodic Institute at the amphitheater starting at 4:30 pm.  See more details here.

Tribute to Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele,
Sept. 7, 5-7pm, Bar Harbor Club
Retiring Acadia National Park Superintendent, Sheridan Steele, will be honored at a cocktail buffet at the Bar Harbor Club on Monday September 7th from 5 pm to 7 pm. The Board and Council of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park will host the celebration along with a committee of individuals and non-profits including Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Friends of Acadia.  See more details here.

Earthwatch Expeditions, Sept 21-27, and Oct 2-8
These week-long citizen science-based expeditions work closely with Schoodic Institute and ANP staff  to bring citizen scientist volunteers to Acadia National Park. Earthwatch works internationally, bringing individuals from all walks of life together with world-class scientists to work for the good of the planet. See more details here.

Acadia National Park Science Symposium and DEREN Convergence Conference, October 7 & 8
Wednesday, October 7: The fourth annual Acadia National Park Science Symposium will feature science taking place in and beyond the park boundary, and will highlight science to plan for the future, the theme of this year’s meeting. The symposium will provide a forum to hear about science taking place in the region and to interact and build collaborations with scientists, students, park staff, and others working in a range of fields. The following day, October 8, the Down East Research & Education Network will hold their 5th annual CONVERGENCE Conference, bringing together conservation professionals from throughout eastern Maine to discuss the importance of science-based conservation as an effective tool for protecting the region’s ecosystems. See more details here.