About Us


Research Learning Centers increase the effectiveness and commu­nication of science in national parks.


Research Learning Centers envision a world in which national parks are living laboratories, tellers of science narratives, and exemplars of using science to manage resources and enrich visitor, local community, and employee experiences.

Strategic Goals

To realize this vision, the RLCs pursue the following strategic goals in accordance with the mission.
A. Promote national parks as premier places for scientific inquiry.
B. Facilitate and promote the use of science to make resource management decisions.
C. Improve science literacy by incorporating science into park visitor and staff experiences.
D. Assess and evaluate RLC activities and adapt as necessary to achieve the vision.

Schoodic Education and Research Center

The Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) is a part of this network of Research Learning Centers established by the National Park Service in 2000. The overarching vision for SERC is to become a world-class research and learning institution, providing knowledge and transformational experiences necessary for harmony between humankind and the natural world.

Schoodic Education and Research Center Staff

Abe Miller-Rushing
Science Coordinator
(207) 288-8733

Kate Petrie
Education Coordinator
(207) 288-1312

Mailing Address

Schoodic Education and Research Learning Center
Acadia National Park
Post Office Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Last updated: January 4, 2017