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Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

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9 Atterbury Circle
PO Box 277

Winter Harbor, Maine 04693

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Event Types Welcomed

Adult Social Event | Corporate Social Events | Family Reunion | Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat | Youth Retreat/Camp
Maximum
Meeting:125
Meeting
Rooms:8
Maximum
Overnight:125

About

About Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park

For generations, the rocky coast of Maine has provided inspiration and a backdrop for some of the most innovative thinking and creativity. Schoodic Institute manages the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus in Acadia National Park, helping to realize the vision of a world-class science and education center and an intellectual and economic hub of Downeast Maine. 
Open year-round, the Schoodic Education and Research Center is a dramatically transformed former Navy base with an attractive walking campus that welcomes students, researchers, artists, and group conferences and meetings.

Facilities include:
  • accommodations for more than 125 overnight guests
  • full-service dining hall 
  • catering options for special events and private parties
  • classrooms, meeting rooms, and laboratories 
  • modern 122-seat lecture hall
LOCATION + TRANSPORTATION

Ellsworth, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Machias

:
Bar Harbor-Hancock County Airport (BHB) - 60 minutes


Taxi | Lyft | Uber


Onsite: Yes Free

CATERING
Our Schooner Commons food services team serves three meals a day as well as break snacks, by reservation. We often prepare field breakfasts and bag lunches when a group requires them. The basic meal plan includes cafeteria style meals including housemade soups, a robust salad bar and our chef's choice entree. We are experienced with accomodating special diets and allergies. Schoodic Institute's culinary staff aims to prepare meals from scratch using locally sourced ingredient when available. Baked goods are prepared on site. Options are many, our team is adept at group lobster bakes, receptions, plated, full service dinners and lunch or brunch buffets for group of 5 to 125. Birthday, anniversary and retirement celebrations, small weddings and memorial services are all a possibility.


Must Use In-House CateringYES
Venue Hosted Alcohol PermittedNO

Self-Service Alcohol PermittedYES


AMENITIES + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
24-Hour Check-In
Business Services
Iron
Television
Washer/Dryer
Biking
Hiking
Meditation
Running
Sightseeing
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
Microphones
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
Food and Beverage On-Site
Sound System
Wi-Fi
MEETING + EVENT SPACE CAPACITIES

125 Attendees


8 Spaces

:
Theatre Style 122 | Classroom Style 108 | Standing Reception 100 | Seated Reception 70

TECHNOLOGY
Campus-wide free guest wifi is available. Projection systems are built into all major classrooms and meeting spaces. Portable projection and presentation equipment is available upon request.

Yes
FreeYES

Yes


MicrophonesProjector ScreenLCD Projectors

RENTAL POLICIES
Alcohol ConsumptionNO
Cannabis Industry-FriendlyNO
Cannabis ConsumptionNO

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

125 Overnight Guests


Bunkhouse (dormitory style), Two and four bedroom apartments

Yes
Free YES


Private and shared.

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Accommodations

Accommodations

125
Total Number of
Overnight Guests


Accommodation Types
| Suite/Apartment Style | 5 rooms | image
Living room and twin bedroom of the Denali apartment

Located mostly on the second floor of the beautiful and historic Rockefeller Hall, these apartments can accommodate between 2 and 4 with a mixture of twin and queen beds.  Each apartment includes a private bath (with a roll-in shower for the ADA-accessible unit).  Each apartment is named after a different National Park and incorporates iconic imagery.  Parking is available adjacent to Rockefeller Hall.

1 unit, ADA-accessible, 1 queen bed (can accomodate 2)
4 units, 1 queen bed and 2 twin beds (can accomodate 4)
| Residence Halls | 17 rooms | 71 (total) beds | floorplan
Bunkhouse floorplan illustrating three types of accomodations

The Bunkhouse provides dormitory-style housing for larger groups.  A total of 71 bunkbeds are distributed across seventeen different rooms, accommodating 1, 4, or 6 guests each.  Shared men's and women's bathrooms are conveniently located and one ADA-accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower is also available.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Suite/Apartment Style | 27 rooms | 58 (total) beds | image

The Schoodic Shores Housing Section includes a number of apartment-style units.

15 2-bedroom units with a private bath
8 4-bedroom units with a full and half-bath
4 1-bedroom efficiency units
| Suite/Apartment Style | 6 rooms | 18 (total) beds | image
Example of the living room of one of the cabins

Our three cabins are divided into two units each.  Each unit includes a full private bath, 1 queen bed, and 2 full beds, and can accommodate 3 - 6 guests.  One unit is ADA-accessible.

Amenities + Unique Experiences

AMENITIES

Amenities
24-Hour Check-In
24-Hour Check-In
Business Services
Business Services
Iron
Iron
Television
Television
Washer/Dryer
Washer/Dryer
Biking
Biking
Hiking
Hiking
Meditation
Meditation
Running
Running
Sightseeing
Sightseeing
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
ADA Accessible
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
A/V Tech Staff
Microphones
Microphones
Parking On-Site
Parking On-Site
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
Food and Beverage On-Site
Food and Beverage On-Site
Sound System
Sound System
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi


Event Spaces

Meeting and Event Spaces

Max Capacities
125
Overall
108
Classroom
Style
100
Standing
Reception
70
Seated
Catered Event


Meeting + Event Spaces
| 725 SQ FT | image
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Half of the conference room set with seating for 18

  • Located inside the beautiful Rockefeller Hall building, the Conference Room (Room 116) provides flexible seating and table arrangements for up to 36.
  • Portable projection equipment is available for use in this space.  No microphones are available. Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Immediately adjacent parking for approximately 10 passenger vehicles and nearby parking for ~100.
| 350 SQ FT | image
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Breakout room set with tables and seating for 12

  • Located inside the beautiful Rockefeller Hall building, the Large Breakout Room (Room 100) provides flexible seating and table arrangements for up to 18.
  • Portable projection equipment is available for use in this space. No microphones are available. Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Immediately adjacent parking for approximately 10 passenger vehicles and nearby parking for ~100.
| 140 SQ FT | image
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Located inside the beautiful Rockefeller Hall building, the Small Breakout Room (Room 104) provides a comfortable setting for small meetings of up to 6.
This room includes a small whiteboard, a flipchart, and a bulletin board. No microphones are available. Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
Immediately adjacent parking for approximately 10 passenger vehicles and nearby parking for ~100.
| 2300 SQ FT | image
Interior forward view of Moore Lecture Hall

  • Located inside the Moore Auditorium building, the Lecture Hall includes fixed seating with folding tablets for 122 individuals with room for a few additional chairs as needed.  Power outlets are provided at each fixed seat.
  • Projection systems and room lighting are controlled from a lectern that can be positioned at one of two locations at the front of the space.  Supported input devices include personal computers, DVD, and lectern-housed document camera, as well as other auxiliary connections.
  • Both wireless and wired microphones are available for this space. Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Integrated H.323 videoconferencing may be available on request.
  • Immediately adjacent parking for 25 passenger vehicles and nearby parking for ~100.
  • For groups utilizing Moore Auditorium in its entirety, the projection systems can overflow to the Breakout Rooms across the lobby.
| 1300 SQ FT | image
Example floorplan of Moore Breakout 1 and 2 with mixed style seating
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Both breakouts used with a modified U-shape for a conference phone in the center

  • Located inside the Moore Auditorium building, the Breakouts can be reserved separately or together.  When booked together they can be utilized as a single meeting space, or separated into two with a partition.
  • Each Breakout Room is equipped with a projector, ceiling-mounted projection screen, and audio system which can be controlled from a touchpanel at the front of the space, opposite the partition.  Supported input devices include personal computers, DVD, as well as other auxiliary connections.
  • Accoustic wall panels serve to insulate against sound penetration, and as convenient workspaces to tack up posters and other event materials.
  • Numerous seating configurations are possible with or without rectangular or round tables (maximum six seats each).  Maximum capacity of 108 with all rectangular tables seating three to each side.
  • Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Immediately adjacent parking for 25 passenger vehicles and nearby parking for ~100.
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View of the main pavilion building and the bathrooms

Our Picnic Pavilion is located near Schooner Commons and is a covered, outdoor function space.  Picnic tables and benches provide seating for over 100.  Amenities include electrical connections, a firepit, grills, and bathrooms.
| 950 SQ FT | image
Lobby of Moore Auditorium looking toward the rear of the building

The Lobby to the Moore Auditorium building is a beautiful setting for smaller receptions, particularly for events already taking place within the Breakouts or the Lecture Hall.  The Lobby is automatically available to groups reserving the entire building, or on its own for functions, if the building is not otherwise in use.
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Courtyard behind Moore Auditorium showing tiered seating and ramp

Directly behind the Moore Auditorium building is the Courtyard which offers a small (20-25) tiered seating space and a larger elevated platform roughly 750 sq ft area for gatherings.  Accessible from the parking areas on either side, or from the rear of the Lobby, this is an ideal outdoor space for smaller functions.
| 800 SQ FT | image
Example floorplan of Classroom Wright 110 with 38 seats plus instructor
| image
Classroom Wright 110 facing forward to the teaching wall

Located in George Wright Hall, Classroom 110 is the largest dedicated classroom offering on campus.
  • The classroom includes a ceiling mounted projector and screen that can accept a computer input.
  • The front wall includes a whiteboard.
  • Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Ample parking is available at either of the North or South lots located nearby.
| 700 SQ FT | image
Example floorplan of Wright Classroom 112 with 32 seats plus instructor
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Classroom Wright 112 from the instructor's perspective

Located in George Wright Hall, Classroom 112 is a medium-sized dedicated classroom offering on campus.
  • The classroom includes a ceiling mounted projector and screen that can accept a computer input.
  • The front wall includes a whiteboard.  The instructor station includes a sink, as does the built-in storage cabinets at the rear of the classroom.
  • Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Ample parking is available at either of the North or South lots located nearby.
| 600 SQ FT | image
Example floorplan of Wright Classroom 114 with 24 seats plus instructor
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Classroom Wright 110 facing forward to the teaching wall

Located in George Wright Hall, Classroom 142 is our smaller dedicated classroom offering on campus.
  • The classroom includes a ceiling mounted projector and screen that can accept a computer input.
  • The front wall includes a whiteboard. The instructor station includes a sink, as does the built-in storage cabinets at the rear of the classroom.
  • Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Ample parking is available at either of the North or South lots located nearby.
| 550 SQ FT | image
Floorplan of Wright Group Lab 103 with 20 workstations
| image
View of Wright Group Lab 103

Located in George Wright Hall, Group Lab 103 is our larger group laboratory offering on campus.
  • The laboratory includes fixed workstations with sink access, storage, a fume hood, and a whiteboard.
  • Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Ample parking is available at either of the North or South lots located nearby.
| 290 SQ FT | image
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Small group lap with movable tables

Located in George Wright Hall, Group Lab 119 is our smaller group laboratory offering on campus.
  • The laboratory includes movable tables and seating with fixed storage and sinks along the walls, a fume hood, and a whiteboard.
  • Guest wifi is freely available in the entire building.
  • Ample parking is available at either of the North or South lots located nearby.

Food + Beverage

Food + Beverage

Availability
YES
NO
YES


Catering
Our Schooner Commons food services team serves three meals a day as well as break snacks, by reservation. We often prepare field breakfasts and bag lunches when a group requires them. The basic meal plan includes cafeteria style meals including housemade soups, a robust salad bar and our chef's choice entree. We are experienced with accomodating special diets and allergies. Schoodic Institute's culinary staff aims to prepare meals from scratch using locally sourced ingredient when available. Baked goods are prepared on site. Options are many, our team is adept at group lobster bakes, receptions, plated, full service dinners and lunch or brunch buffets for group of 5 to 125. Birthday, anniversary and retirement celebrations, small weddings and memorial services are all a possibility.
Dining Options
| Seating Capacity: 48 | image

The Acadia Room at Schooner Commons is a general-purpose, cafeteria-style seating area adjacent to the serving room which offers seating for 48.
| Seating Capacity: 64 | image
View of the Ballroom facing the fireplace

Located at the Schooner Commons building, the Ballroom provides a warm, rustic atmosphere for up to 64 seated at round tables, or over 100 standing.
| Seating Capacity: 48 | image
View facing the back of the Dining Room

Located at the Schooner Commons building, the Dining Room offers a bright, elegant setting for your meal or dining event with seating for up to 48 or roughly 100 standing.

Location

Location + Transportation

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Nearby Airport
Bar Harbor-Hancock County Airport (BHB) - 60 minutes
Nearby Cities
Ellsworth, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Machias
Transportation + Parking
Taxi
Lyft
Uber
Onsite Parking

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions
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Home to the Schoodic Institute, the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park is the only portion of Acadia National Park on the mainland.
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Home to the Schoodic Institute, the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park is the only portion of Acadia National Park on the mainland.

Testimonials

Testimonials


It was great! Your staff is the BEST! Zero complaints and nothing but compliments and gushing praise. Every single one of us had an amazing time, and I want to thank you for helping us make that possible!

The bunkhouse suited our needs perfectly and was very comfortable. The food was also very good. The dining hall staff is so friendly and accommodating!

The Maine hospitality of Schoodic Institute’s team from Megan to Michelle to Sallie to Phyllis remains its greatest strength. Our group (with many returning participants) commented on how the food had improved, the internet connectivity seemed better, and how fascinating Seth’s birding tour was. Thank you for a great session. We’ll be back!

Schoodic Institute is one of the best facilities in 25 years of the North American Dendroecological Fieldweek Program. This has been a wonderful facility and a wonderful opportunity.

We fueled up in Schoodic’s cafeteria-style dining hall, which has the warmth of a woodsy lodge. Home-baked lasagna, seafood chowder, chicken-salad wraps, Caesar salad, pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies, blueberry pancakes, vegetarian options—the food was all delicious, and we shared it at communal tables where new friends were made at each meal.

Here we have acres of untouched forest, miles of ocean, and state of the art science facilities like nothing I’ve ever worked with before. Students can go from a pine forest to a coastline in under five minutes, and they are fully immersed in nature.

I have hosted a conference and writing retreats at Schoodic Institute over the years and it is a marvelous venue. The location is without parallel, the staff are kind and congenial, and it is affordable. The conference was the highpoint of many graduate students' careers, I have been told. For the retreats, we usually rent several apartments for a week, cook for ourselves, and use a classroom for a workspace. It is restful yet productive. Schoodic Institute is wonderful.

As Vice President of OBFS: the Organization of Biological Field Stations, I'm tasked with chairing the Planning Committee for our Annual Meeting and working directly with our host sites. This past fall [2018], we met at Schoodic Institute, and I can confidently say that our hosts set a new standard for our annual meeting site. From the pre-meeting preparations and registration process to the on-site accommodations and facilities, the staff at Schoodic provided professional, first-class service, coupled with warm, friendly hospitality. Between the positive comments throughout the meeting to the formal feedback from the post-meeting survey, the participants absolutely loved Schoodic. We hope to return again soon.



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