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Parks for Science, Science for Parks

Acadia National Park's skilled team of park scientists study the park to inform how we best care for the park. This is a form of resource stewardship, where staff use science to inform our understanding of the park and how to best manage it.

In addition to park scientists, as many as 80 scientists each year do field research in Acadia. Many conduct research at the park's science and education partner, the Schoodic Institute; within the park's museum collection and archive; and at neighboring institutions such as College of the Atlantic, Mount Desert Island Biological Lab, Jackson Lab, Abbe Museum, and area historical societies, museums, and libraries. Together, the insights produced by this research play a central role in the management of Acadia and other protected areas. Research also advances basic science and our understanding of natural history and human-natural systems.

If you are interested in seeing past research projects at Acadia, please search the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) Portal for Acadia National Park.or visit our Reports page.

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David Shaw's film launching the collaboration with several organizations for the "second century stewardship" program. "This collaboration is intended to more powerfully engage science in America's national parks to benefit park stewardship and to encourage public engagement in science through park experiences." - David Shaw

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Apply for a Research Permit

To do research in the park, you must apply for a research permit through the Research Permit and Reporting System.

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Find a Research Report

Whether specimen data, GIS information, or Investigator's Annual Reports, reports are crucial to document the research that has been done.

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Peregrine falcon banding

Photo by Will Greene, Friends of Acadia, NPS

Natural Resource Monitoring

The National Park Service’s Inventory & Monitoring Northeast Temperate Network (I&M NETN) program helps Acadia document and keep track of the health of a wide array of park natural resources. Breeding birds, forest health, rocky intertidal communities, water quality, and more are monitored each year by this network. The data collected helps give park managers the most current information possible so they can make the best-informed decisions about taking care of the park.


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