Doing Research in Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is a uniquely valuable natural laboratory with a long history of ecological research and monitoring. Schoodic Institute is also home to a dynamic research community and an array of citizen science opportunities and education programs that offer opportunities for synergy with new research projects. Currently 65 to 70 active research projects are underway in Acadia National Park every year.
The Institute helped document and digitize thousands of Park research records and museum collections to make them available to researchers and the public. Acadia National Park research records are now available in a searchable database hosted by the National Park Service. Tip: Filter your results to Acadia National Park, then enter a search term to narrow your results.
If you are interested in doing research in Acadia National Park, please also see the Park’s Information for Researchers page. Schoodic Institute staff help Acadia National Park administer the research program. Click here to view a list of active research projects in Acadia National Park. The Acadia Science Symposium is an annual forum that provides an opportunity to learn more about research in Acadia.
Working, living, or meeting at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park offers:
- Spectacular physical setting
- Opportunities to benefit management of a premier National Park
- Opportunity to interact with a welcoming and dynamic community of researchers, educators, students, and visitors
- Opportunity for research to contribute to education of Acadia National Park’s enormous audience of visitors and supporters
These facilities are available for researchers interested in doing field or lab work, running courses, holding workshops, or just getting away to a beautiful place to write a paper or proposal. For more information about our facilities, see our campus or facility rental pages.
Schoodic Institute is based within Acadia National Park in a bold physical and inspirational location at Schoodic Point. The Schoodic Education and Research Center campus offers housing and meals for individual researchers, groups, and conferences of up to 200 people; classrooms; laboratories; and a modern 124-seat auditorium. Located within the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, it offers immediate access for research, education, and recreation.
Acadia Science Symposium
The Annual Acadia Science Symposium brings together researchers, educators, students, resource managers, and members of the public for presentations and discussions of current scientific research in and near Acadia National Park. Hosted by Schoodic Institute, the symposium is a forum for the connections between science, education, parks, and people at the core of Schoodic Institute’s mission.
Citizen Science Opportunities
Citizen science is a way for people to learn about research through meaningful participation. Schoodic Institute is helping lead the development of citizen science internationally. The theme of citizen science runs through many of our public education programs, programs for schools, teacher professional development programs, and research activities.
Schoodic Institute Research Fellowships
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park announces the availability of grants to support science research in or near Acadia National Park. Schoodic Institute has particular interests in bird ecology, forest ecology, and freshwater and ocean ecology, especially as they relate to environmental change, conservation, and resource stewardship.
Science Research Focus Areas
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park partners with the National Park Service on science initiatives throughout the Park and the region. “Understanding and learning how best to respond to rapid environmental change is the top science priority for Acadia National Park” – Abe Miller-Rushing, Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park. Natural resource managers at Acadia National Park rely on the research to restore Acadia’s ecosystems and improve their resiliency in the face of challenging environmental changes.
Marine Exploration on RV Schoodic
Schoodic, a Presto 30, adds a new dimension to Schoodic Institute. Schoodic is a versatile, low-maintenance, shallow-draft sailing vessel capable of carrying six passengers plus captain and crew member. It provides opportunities for enhancing research and education efforts at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park by providing access and a marine perspective for researchers or participants in campus programs.