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Second Century Stewardship

At the dawn of the second century for the National Park Service and Acadia National Park, the opportunity exists to more powerfully engage science for the benefit of parks and society. More than 400 parks in the National Park System attract more than 300 million visits annually. These parks provide a remarkable platform for public engagement in science.

The Second Century Stewardship is a collaboration between the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Schoodic Institute, the National Park Service, and other institutations. It aims to:
  • Advance conservation science and provide science that informs stewardship of natural and cultural resources by expanding scientific research programs in parks;
  • Strengthen and broaden public understanding of the value of parks for science and science for parks and society by building on the positive public perception of national parks;
  • Enhance science understanding and appreciation among the public by leveraging park science for education and public outreach.
View the feature-length film, Second Century Stewardship from David Shaw.

The Second Century Stewardship partnership was announced and launched on June 25, 2016.

Research Fellowships

Schoodic Institute, through a competitive process of reviewing proposals awards Schoodic Institute Research Fellowships to support science research in or near Acadia. For more information, visit Schoodic Institute's Research Fellowships page.

Acadia Teacher Fellows

Imagine spending your summer hiking through spruce-fir forests, exploring tidepools, or sailing on clear waters in search of bald eagles, porpoises, and seals. Leave your classroom behind to do all this and more as a teacher fellow at Acadia National Park. The Acadia Teacher Fellowship connects classroom teachers to the rich cultural, natural, and recreational heritage protected by Acadia. The National Park Service provides teacher fellows with uniforms and shared housing, if needed, as well as a $400 weekly stipend. A certificate of completion and continuing education hours are available.

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence program offers professional writers, composers, and all visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their particular art form while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. In the spring and fall, the park provides housing to participants for two-week to four-week periods. No additional stipend is available. Artists are responsible for providing for their own travel and travel expenses.


We regularly seek volunteers. Consider joining this talented, dynamic team of staff and volunteers and make a lasting difference.

Citizen Science Opportunities

Citizen science is a way for people to learn about research through meaningful participation. Schoodic Institute works with the National Park Service and other partners to provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in citizen science programs.

Last updated: January 4, 2017