Public and Community Programs

Life-long learning

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park offers public seminars, discussions and brown bag lunches by notable authors and experts. We partner with Acadia National Park to offer family activities such as the spring Junior Ranger Day and International Migratory bird Day, and the autumn Eek of Ecology event. We offer multi-day birding eco-tours, with a citizen science component, in partnership with the Maine Birding Trail. In 2015, Schoodic Institute piloted the Schoodic Winter Festival, and in 2016 offered the Acadia Winter Festival, one of Acadia National Park’s first centennial celebration events, encouraging families and the community to experience outdoor winter activities in Maine.

Ecosystem Science

From a welcome center to brief presentations to chances to participate as a citizen scientist, to in-depth residential workshops and multi-day tours, from introductory experiences to long-term volunteer opportunities, Schoodic Institute offers many life-long learning opportunities.


For generations the rocky coast of Maine has provided inspiration and a backdrop for some of the most innovative thinking. When hosting your event at The Schoodic Institute, you’ll be immersed in the beauty and promise of one of the world’s most scenic areas, Acadia National Park.

Located within more than 2,000 acres of Maine’s Acadia National Park, Schoodic Institute’s setting features easy access to over 10 miles of Maine’s most dramatic ocean shorefront, and miles of peaceful nature trails.

Our modern campus includes a state-of-the-art lecture hall, a variety of meeting and breakout rooms, classrooms, laboratories, dining facilities, and accommodations for more than 100 overnight guests.

Bird Ecology

Join Schoodic Institute and the Maine Birding Trail on exciting multi-day birding adventures in Maine, and learn how citizen scientists advance our understanding of bird ecology and migration.

Presentations & Lectures

Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park work together to present interesting and dynamic public lectures and other educational opportunities.


BioBlitz is a signature citizen science program for Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. During BioBlitzes, huge numbers of arthropod species are documented, many never previously observed at Acadia National Park.