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***Note March 16, 2020: For the health and safety of visitors and staff, the Rockefeller Welcome Center is closed until further notice. Read the latest campus operations update here.

Schoodic Institute is part of a community vision for a revitalized Schoodic Peninsula that includes a focus on the arts, science, and education. When the U.S. Navy closed their Winter Harbor base on Schoodic Point in 2002, they turned the property back to the National Park Service, along with lodging, dining, and recreational facilities that now make up the largest of 18 National Park Service Research Learning Centers.

Visitors can view the Acadia National Park Welcome Center exhibits and gift shop in historic Rockefeller Hall, experience the surf at Schoodic Point, and explore miles of hiking trails and bicycle paths. The National Park Service also offers public programs during the summer months. Please note that an entrance pass is required when visiting Acadia National Park between May and October.

Our completely renovated year-round campus includes classrooms, laboratories, and a modern 124-seat auditorium surrounded by wild, rugged shorelines and thousands of acres of evergreen forest. Campus infrastructure enables us to convene and host public events, and provides an inspirational setting for education and art programs, workshops, and conferences. Schoodic Institute offers the most comprehensive meeting facilities in eastern Maine, attracting individuals and groups from all over the globe.

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February 2021

Everest the Hard Way

February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Zoom presentation by Ed Webster as part of the Acadia Winter Festival (registration required). In 1988, American mountaineer Ed Webster…

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Snowga with Maine Yoga Adventures

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This event has reached capacity; registration is closed. Join Holly Twining founder of Maine Yoga Adventures for some fun in…

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Forest Therapy Walk

February 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This event has reached capacity; registration is closed.   Come explore an introduction to the practice of Shrinrin-Yoku, or "Forest…

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Shellfish Harvesting for the Future

February 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A conversation featuring stories and lessons learned in town shellfish conservation projects Shellfish Focus Day, part of the annual Maine…

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Adapting to a Changing Climate

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Acadia Science Symposium Session 4 Presentations will be followed by breakout discussion groups (including posters and other media) and a…

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March 2021

Wabanaki Knowledge, Perspectives, and Science in Acadia

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Acadia Science Symposium Session 5 Registration for this event has closed; the event will be recorded and posted to Schoodic…

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April 2021

Live from the Field

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Remote Sensing of Growth & Diversity “Live from the Field” events are part of The Virtual Field, an international collaboration…

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Pulse Point: Tracking Acadia’s changing bird populations

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Hosted by Maine Audubon Penobscot Valley Chapter Seth Benz, Director of Bird Ecology, presents on Schoodic Institute’s annual bird migration…

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Landscape of Change

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For more than 140 years, Mount Desert Island has served as a magnet for scientific exploration. The fact that this…

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Brown Bag Lunch: Scales & Tails (Virtual Event)

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Holding a tortoise, Photo Credit: Dmytro Siryi

Please note this is a virtual and registration is required. Free and open to the public!  Register early, space is…

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