A new exhibit, “Exploring Acadia: Our Best Classroom,” has opened at the George B. Dorr Museum at College of the Atlantic to celebrate the relationship of the college and Acadia National Park in the park’s centennial year. PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

Acadia Centennial exhibit opens at COA

BAR HARBOR — The Acadia National Park Centennial celebration inhabits College of the Atlantic’s George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History with the grand opening of “Exploring Acadia: Our Best Classroom,” on Tuesday, June 21, from 5-7 p.m.

The event, free and open to the public, includes the dedication of the large-format oil painting “Trail Workers” by Maine labor mural artist Judy Taylor. Acadia Centennial organizer Jack Russell will present the painting.

“Exploring Acadia: Our Best Classroom” takes the viewer into the treasured national park with animal dioramas, maps, visual art and more. A gurgling touch tank explores Acadia’s beautiful and sensitive intertidal zones and examines the conflict between access and protection. Will Greene’s “Acadia,” a yearlong, time-lapse video, captures the beauty of the park in every season. 100 years of development are examined in COA GIS Lab Director Gordon Longsworth ’91’s interactive map, “ANP through Time.”

The exhibit, “shows how our community is involved with Acadia [and] will inspire visitors to get involved with citizen science,” said Dorr Museum director Carrie Graham.

The Dorr Museum is an apt setting for highlighting the rich opportunities that a national park creates for artists, conservationists, scientists, researchers, writers, collectors and thinkers. As the original headquarters for Acadia National Park, the building that houses the museum served as George B. Dorr’s office during the park’s founding during the summer of 1916.

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, located on the COA campus at 105 Eden St., is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is by donation. “Exploring Acadia” will be on display through 2017.

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