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Fall foliage research in the news

Second Century Stewardship fellow Dr. Stephanie Spera of the University of Richmond, who is studying changes in fall foliage season in Acadia National Park, has been quoted in two recent news articles. From The Washington Post: “We actually were able to piece together, from the 1950s to now, peak foliage is occurring a full week […]

Request for proposals for 2022 research fellowships

The partners of Second Century Stewardship have announced the Request for Proposals for fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park in 2022. Second Century Stewardship is a partnership of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation, with generous support from the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation. […]

Elliot Higger photographs a person in National Park Service uniform on rocks at the edge of the sea

Visiting artist Elliot Higger

Elliot Higger is a filmmaker, photographer, and community workshop facilitator. In Spring 2021 she created environmental portraits of Second Century Stewardship fellows, part of a community arts residency for the Maryland Institute College of Art MFA program. Updated “profile” photographs are an often overlooked but important aspect of communicating science, helping to show who scientists […]

New partnership to support park science

A new partnership with the University of Maine will increase support for faculty and students seeking an opportunity to explore the effects of a changing climate across multiple ecosystems in Acadia National Park. The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture has created two new funding opportunities: The Schoodic-Acadia Research Fund will expand Second Century […]

Three new fellows to conduct research in Acadia National Park

Three scientists have been awarded fellowships to conduct research in Acadia National Park as part of Second Century Stewardship, an initiative of the National Park Service, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the National Park Foundation. The new awards will support research that will inform management of land, water, wildlife and cultural resources in […]

Pollinator citizen science workshop underway

Second Century Stewardship partner Schoodic Institute is currently leading the sixth training for citizen science on public lands. Participating teams represent 14 units of the National Park System, including Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Saguaro, Dinosaur, Pictured Rocks, Niobrara, Freedom’s Frontier, Homestead, Isle Royale, Blackstone, Canaveral, Housatonic, Cuyahoga, and Arabia Mountain, as well as lands […]

All hope is not lost: managing invasive plants in eastern parks

Invasive plants are a problem in national parks across the country. In a recent presentation to their National Park Service colleagues, Kate Miller and Stephanie Perles of the National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program Eastern Forests Working Group provide invasive plant trends in 39 eastern national parks from Maine to Virginia. In their analysis […]

Second Century Stewardship across the National Park System

Since 2016, more than 60 national parks and partners have been involved in Second Century Stewardship, through participation in workshops, collaborative projects, or communications efforts. This network is helping to inform development of best practices for science communication and engagement, supporting researchers working on public lands, and sharing stories of park science with millions of […]

Announcing an online professional development course on pollinator citizen science programs

Schoodic Institute and Second Century Stewardship partners are offering a new citizen science online professional development course for parks and partners, with a focus on pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats. Citizen science is advancing research and learning across multidisciplinary fields. It can also be a valuable way to connect people to places and beings […]