Field Schools & Institutes
- Grade Level:
- Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
- Literacy and Language Arts,Math,Science,Social Studies
With 25 years experience, the Schoodic Education Adventure Program (SEA) offers residential education field trips targeted to middle school aged students. Students spend 3-4 days on the Schoodic Peninsula, living and learning in Acadia National Park. Curriculum-based a la carte programming offers a tailor made and invaluable learning experience in a unique setting! Situated on the rugged coast of Maine, the campus is accessible to shoreline, wetland, and forest ecosystems and provides a rich educational environment for students.
Reservations to attend the Schoodic Education Adventure are accepted January through mid February with consideration for remaining open spots through June. The application process is ongoing, but program reservations fill quickly. For the best chance of securing a program date for your class, submit your reservation, through our google form by mid-May. (Contact Alexa Pezzano to request access to the google form.)
Partial tuition scholarships are available. The scholarship application information is included in the google form.
Contact SEA coordinator, Alexa Pezzano for information.
The low-cost SEA program is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and integrated across the Common Core. Opportunities for study include math, science, technology, social studies, language arts, physical education, health, and art. Students participate in actual scientific and cultural research taking place on site. Students practice small-group cooperation and communication skills while participating in activities led by rangers and teachers.
Ranger programs cover a wide variety of topics:
Biological inventory of a forest
GPS mapping with computers
Marine investigations and population study by tidal depth
A well-stocked teacher's library is available on site, providing prepared kits about diverse topics. Teachers also have the freedom to bring their own related lessons.
Facilities and Staff
The Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) campus offers a comfortable learning environment within Acadia National Park. Programs are held both in indoor classrooms as well as outdoors with an emphasis on maximizing time in the field. The SERC campus has a wireless Internet system for laptop users and on-site computer labs.
All students are housed with their own teachers and chaperones in a modern, heated dormitory with four-person bunkrooms. Well-balanced meals are provided by a certified cook; with advanced notice, food allergies and most special diets can be accommodated.
Program staff are trained in subject matter and teaching techniques, as well as First Aid and CPR. The Education Coordinator overseeing the SEA program holds Maine state teaching certification, ensuring that all instruction is curriculum based.
Last updated: June 22, 2021