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Update: Friday’s events have been cancelled due to a winter storm watch.

WINTER HARBOR – Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park hosts the eighth annual Acadia Winter Festival, February 4-6. This year’s festival features outdoor and virtual events and activities for adults, children, families and friends to explore Acadia in winter.

Outdoor activities include the magic of raku pottery with Schoodic Arts for All. Investigate animal tracks with Acadia National Park rangers, and take a moss and lichen walk with Schoodic Institute Forest Ecology Director Peter Nelson.

A lecture (virtual and in-person) on The Edge of Winter by Dr. Sarah Nelson, Director of Research for the Appalachian Mountain Club, who worked with collaborators to study 100 years of weather data and learn how the winter season is changing in Acadia and the surrounding region. Festival participants may also attend Nelson’s lecture in-person in Moore Auditorium, and stay for dinner in Schooner Commons.

Workshops on campus include pine cone bird feeders, needle-felting, snow journaling with Karen Zimmerman, and an iNaturalist citizen science workshop for the whole family. Join friends and neighbors for hot beverages and s’mores on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday watch the movie Togo in Moore Auditorium and then enjoy a closing Ice Cream Social.

The Winter Festival is an opportunity for the public to experience the Schoodic Institute campus within Acadia National Park, including meals and lodging. Most events are free, and registration is required.

COVID-19 health and safety precautions include keeping activities outdoors and distanced as much as possible. Masks are required inside all buildings on the Schoodic Institute campus.

Sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Brown, Holmes & Milliken Agency; Lynam Insurance Agency; Schoodic Insurance Services; Winter Harbor Agency; Lynam Real Estate; Design Group Collaborative, E.L. Shea Builders, and Engineers, W.S. Emerson, Full Circle Printing