A Bar Harbor Whale Watch cruise on July 17 will benefit the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Schoodic Institute. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCHOODIC INSTITUTE

Cruise, watch for centennial

BAR HARBOR — A centennial shore, seabird and whale watch cruise will honor Acadia National Park’s Centennial and highlight coastal conservation, research and education in and around Acadia on Sunday, July 17, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., all proceeds from this trip will benefit the nonprofit work of Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Schoodic Institute.

“I look forward to joining many friends of conservation on the upcoming cruise,” said Tim Glidden, president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. “The beauty of the Acadian region has long been safeguarded by the watchful efforts of many committed individuals and organizations. This is a great chance to savor one of the truly majestic stretches of the eastern seaboard.”

Guests will depart from downtown Bar Harbor aboard a comfortable Bar Harbor Whale Watch vessel and head across Frenchman Bay to Schoodic Point. MCHT and Schoodic Institute staff will be onboard to highlight many conservation and ecological successes, as well as continuing challenges and research taking place in Frenchman Bay and on the surrounding coastline. Onboard naturalists will be available to answer questions and point out the diverse wildlife participants may encounter: seals, porpoises, peregrine falcons, eagles, ospreys, many varieties of seabirds and more.

“I’m very pleased to partner with Maine Coast Heritage Trust in offering this cruise in celebration of Acadia’s Centennial,” said Mark Berry, president of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. “Collaborating to connect conservation, science and education is at the core of our work, and MCHT is an important partner leading and facilitating conservation statewide.”

Zack Klyver, naturalist and whale watch guide for over 25 years, will lead the tour offshore and out of Frenchman Bay. The Gulf of Maine is host to humpback, finback and minke whales. Passengers will look for these magnificent creatures under the guidance of the Bar Harbor Whale Watch staff. At the conclusion of the tour, guests will enjoy a cruise back to port under a sunset over Frenchman Bay. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available onboard throughout the cruise.

Tickets are $55 for adults, $30 for children aged 7-17 accompanied by an adult; MCHT and SI member rates are $50 for adults, $25 for children. An additional, optional donation of $100 includes an annual membership for both Schoodic Institute and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

Space is limited. Guests must register online at www.SchoodicInstitute.org or www.mcht.org by July 14.

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