National parks harbor some of the greatest landscapes for scientific exploration, whether they are terrestrial, marine, or freshwater. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will stress that connection Friday when she visits Acadia National Park and applauds the work the Schoodic Institute does to connect and engage youth with earth sciences.
The secretary will be joined by National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. Both will make comments at a ceremony behind the Rockefeller Welcome Center at SERC at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Schoodic Institute is hosting the event, and has requested RSVPs in advance to (207) 288-1310.
'We are pleased to have these two leaders speaking about the importance of youth and science in national parks,' said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele. 'It emphasizes the important work we are doing with our partners in Acadia, like Schoodic Institute and Friends of Acadia. The programs and partnerships increase our capacity every day to accomplish the mission of the National Park Service. '
'One of the unique attributes of our national parks, including Acadia, is their unmatched ability to serve as living laboratories where the effects of climate change and other threats can be studied in places that are largely unimpaired by human activities,' added Director Jarvis in prepared comments. 'The collaboration between Acadia and the Schoodic Institute and other partners supports the unique research and learning opportunities at Acadia and is a model that other national parks can emulate.'
'Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park partners with the National Park Service on science and education initiatives,' said Schoodic Institute President and CEO Mark Berry. 'Our education efforts blend science and art, and are focused on giving students and participants of all ages opportunities to contribute to research that provides information valuable to Acadia National Park and the region.'
Secretary Jewell has launched an ambitious youth initiative at the Interior Department to inspire millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. Acadia National Park is playing an important role in providing educational, volunteer and engagement opportunities to young people.
'Schoodic Institute works with the National Park Service, Friends of Acadia, and other partners to bring hundreds of school children for a multi-day residential outdoor science education experience in Acadia National Park each year,' added Mr. Berry. 'Other programs created by the Institute offer teacher professional development opportunities and are bringing park science to teachers and students across Maine and the nation. These dynamic learning experiences increase science literacy for the next generation.'
'We know that engaging the next generation is key to the stewardship of the park and that continuing our efforts in science is what will help us to make informed decisions about how to manage Acadia National Park,' said Superintendent Steele. 'Both of these things are critical to our success as we move into the next 100 years of managing our national parks.'