ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Maine entrepreneur David E. Shaw announced that he and his children plan to give $1 million to a new initiative to promote and engage science in America’s National Parks. The “Second Century Stewardship” initiative will support collaborative programs between the National Park Service, the Schoodic Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and other partner institutions.
The announcement was made June 25 as part of the Park Science Day celebration at Sieur de Monts in Acadia. The event highlighted the park’s role as a living laboratory and vital setting for scientific research, in celebration of Acadia’s Centennial.
Shaw also announced the premiere of his new feature-length film, “Second Century Stewardship: Science beyond the scenery in Acadia National Park.” Free screenings are set for 9 p.m. June 25 in the amphitheaters at the Blackwoods, Seawall and Schoodic Woods campgrounds, and 9:15 p.m. at the Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor.