Science at Schoodic Institute

The Schoodic Institute campus is one of 18 National Park Service Research Learning Centers across the nation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and communication of research in the national parks.

Schoodic Institute is located at the eastern edge of Acadia National Park, a region of islands and peninsulas where mountains rise next to the sea. This ever-changing mosaic of different landscapes, with varied topography and climate, supports a unique diversity of flora and fauna and has inspired environmental stewardship for thousands of years.

Current global-scale changes—in climate, land use, and threats from invasive plants, pests, and diseases—are dramatic and unprecedented. Working in partnership with the National Park Service, Schoodic Institute Adjunct Research Faculty, local communities, and other organizations, Schoodic Institute science programs study environmental change and human responses in three focal areas:


The Science Information & Communication Program works with researchers to ensure that data about Acadia National Park’s natural and cultural resources are documented, archived, and accessible, while sharing stories of science past and present. We also help host the Acadia National Park Science Symposium.

In addition, education and citizen science programs help people make sense of their environment by engaging students of all ages in research related to resource conservation and management. The Second Century Stewardship program supports science for America’s National Parks.

Resources for Researchers

Interested in doing research in Acadia? Get more information on research permits, lab space, housing, and past and ongoing research.