The Schoodic Institute hosts the 8th Annual Acadia Winter Festival

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WINTER PORT – The Schoodic Institute in Acadia National Park is hosting the eighth annual Acadia Winter Festival February 4-6. This year’s festival features outdoor and virtual events and activities for exploring wintry Acadia.

The Winter Festival is an opportunity for the public to experience the Schoodic Institute Research Learning Center campus in Acadia National Park, including meals and lodging. Most events are free, registration is required.

Outdoor activities include skiing, snowshoeing or walking into the future of the Schoodic Peninsula with Superintendent of Acadia National Park Kevin Schneider and Schoodic Institute President and CEO Nick Fisichelli. Investigate animal tracks with park rangers and take a moss and lichen walk with Peter Nelson, director of the Schoodic Institute Forest Ecology. Experience the magic of raku ceramics with Schoodic Arts for All.

Virtual programs include a presentation by Acadia National Park rangers on Acadia’s winter ecology and a talk entitled “The Edge of Winter” by Dr. Appalachian Mountain Club Research Director Sarah Nelson, who worked with collaborators to study 100 years of weather data and learn how the winter season is changing in Acadia and the surrounding region. Festival-goers can also attend Nelson’s talk in person at the Moore Auditorium and stay at Schooner Commons for dinner.

On-campus workshops include winter photography, pine cone bird feeders, needle felting, snow journaling with Karen Zimmerman, and an iNaturalist Citizen Science workshop.

Hot drinks and s’mores are served on Saturday afternoons, and on Sundays, catch the film ‘Togo’ at Moore Auditorium, followed by an ice cream to finish.

Health and safety precautions related to COVID-19 include keeping outdoor activities as socially distancing as possible. Masks are mandatory in all buildings on the Schoodic Institute campus.

Visit the Schoodic Institute website, www.schoolicinstitute.orgfor the full list of scheduled programs and to register.

Winterfest is sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Agency Brown, Holmes & Milliken; Lynam Insurance Agency; Schoodic insurance services; winter port agency; Lynam Real Estate; Design Group Collaborative; EL Shea Builders & Engineers; WS Emerson; and full circle pressure.

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