Learning for all ages

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park partners with National Park Service educators to provide exceptional educational experiences to schools in Acadia National Park, and to bring park science to schools.  To learn more about opportunities for teachers, including professional development, and chances to bring park science to your school, use the links below or to the left.

AP Summer Institutes©

Schoodic Institute offers Advanced Placement Summer Institutes on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Acadia National Park. The park provides a unique setting for intense work with other teachers and institute instructors.

Schoodic Education Adventure

Middle school students (4th through 8th grade) attend the acclaimed multi-day, residential outdoor Schoodic Education Adventure (SEA) programs led on campus by Acadia National Park educators. Curriculum-based classroom activities and hands-on field experience on the rugged coast of Maine offer unparalleled experience for young students and an exciting way to build science literacy and enthusiasm.

Curriculum-based Field Trips

The multi-day Schoodic Education Adventure is the signature school education program at Schoodic, but Schoodic District Education Ranger Kate Petrie also leads single-day curriculum-based field trips on a variety of topics, from ecology to cultural history. If your school isn’t ready to plan for the multi-day experience, get in touch and consider bringing students for a day!

Hosting Education Programs

Schoodic Institute’s campus now offers housing and meals for individual researchers, groups and conferences up to 200 people, classrooms, laboratories, and a modern 124-seat auditorium in one of the most inspirational natural settings in the country. We especially seek opportunities to welcome groups conducting education and research programs connected to our mission and of relevance and importance to Acadia National Park. If you’d like to explore a possibility for bringing a course or workshop to Schoodic Institute, please contact us.

Maine Physical Sciences Partnership

Schoodic Institute partners with the University of Maine to bring improved STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education to twenty school districts across Maine.