Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider will lead a ribbon cutting for a climate science exhibit at Sieur de Monts Spring as part of Park Science Day on June 25. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Day to celebrate science

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — A Park Science Day will be held at Sieur de Monts Spring on Saturday, June 25, from 1-5 pm. The National Park Service event will highlight the park’s role as a living laboratory and vital setting for scientific research in celebration of Acadia’s Centennial.

Parking for the event will be at the Jackson Laboratory parking lot off Route 3 just north of the Sieur de Monts entrance to the Park Loop Road. A free Island Explorer bus will provide transportation between the laboratory parking lot and Sieur de Monts from noon to 5:30 p.m. The parking lot at Sieur de Monts will be closed except for those with disabilities who require accessible parking.

From 1-2 p.m., the public is invited to attend a ceremony to commemorate 100 years of science in the national parks with presentations by several speakers, including Rush D. Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. Following the speakers, Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider will lead a ribbon cutting at the Sieur de Monts Nature Center for the debut of a new climate science exhibit, which was designed with help from College of the Atlantic students.

From 2-5 p.m., visitors of all ages can enjoy more than a dozen interactive stations and take guided walks highlighting science and research in the park. Visitors will learn how to do things at home that can help protect Acadia – from building bat houses to planting native plants to restoring fish passages. Visitors also will have a chance to climb aboard the park’s “green” vehicles and discover simple ways to cut petroleum use and reduce emissions in their own vehicles.

At 4 p.m., Schneider will recognize the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for providing a grant to the NPS through its Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to replace 10 gas-powered vehicles with eight electric and propane-powered vehicles at Acadia National Park and to partner with Maine Clean Communities to provide public educational and outreach programs.

Film premiere

Following Park Science Day, the National Park Service will debut a new film by Maine entrepreneur David Shaw that explores science in Acadia. The free showing is set for the Criterion Theatre on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor beginning at 9:15 p.m. and running until approximately 10 p.m. The place and time is different from earlier publicity that scheduled the debut for campground amphitheaters.

“Second Century Stewardship: Science beyond the Scenery in Acadia National Park” will play, and Shaw and Acadia park staff will be there to talk about the film.

“We are excited to be debuting David Shaw’s Acadia science film to highlight the important role that science plays in the future of all national parks,” said Schneider.


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