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 […]

Fellow seeking input on lakes, streams in Acadia National Park

Do you love Acadia National Park’s lakes, ponds, and streams? Share your thoughts in this survey from the University of Maine, part of Second Century Stewardship Fellow Kate Ruskin‘s study to characterize how visitors, students, local residents, natural resource managers, educators, and others perceive and value Acadia’s freshwater resources. Ruskin planned to interview people in […]

Request for Fellowship Proposals

The partners of Second Century Stewardship have announced the Request for Proposals for fellowships to support research in Acadia National Park in 2021. Founded in 2016 by the David Evans Shaw Family Foundation, Second Century Stewardship is a partnership of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation […]

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It’s field work season in Acadia

photo by Linda Moses Despite delays and complications presented by the global Covid-19 pandemic, Second Century Stewardship fellows are proceeding with field aspects of their research. Jay Wason set out on July 3 to locate six sites in Acadia National Park used by Ronald Davis in his authoritative study of Maine’s coastal spruce forests in […]

New article on Dragonfly Mercury Project research

The foundational work on the Dragonfly Mercury Project was published today in the journal, Environmental Science & Technology, “A national-scale assessment of mercury bioaccumulation in United States national parks using dragonfly larvae as biosentinels through a citizen-science framework.” Working with citizen scientists, National Park Service scientists and research partners assessed mercury concentrations in dragonfly larvae […]

Science knowledge is a blessing…and a curse

by Catherine Schmitt, Science Communication Specialist with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park Scientists often express frustration over their attempts to communicate with public audiences. Through our workshops and presentations, I’ve come to believe that one root of this frustration is the difference in nature-related knowledge and experiences between scientists and their audiences. Unaware of […]