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ASC Members' Art Show

May 1 - 29, 2021

Northeast Harbor Library, Mellon Room

The annual ASC Members' Art Show will be held during the month of May at the Northeast Harbor Library. While we won't gather in person for an opening reception, the art show will be open to everyone for in person viewing.

This year's suggested theme is "Go Lightly". Over twenty five talented artists have interpreted the theme in a variety of media including watercolor, oil paintings, mixed media, wood carvings, photographs and fiber art.

The art show is open for in person viewing in the Mellon room of the Northeast Harbor Library during library hours except during times when the Mellon Room is booked for private use. Please check the library website for hours and for the availability of the exhibit. .


Virtual Reception

Friday, May 7th from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Join us for a special virtual cocktail demonstration followed by a sneak preview of the Art Show.

ASC Members' Art Show

Naturalizing Your Landscape

May 14, 2021

12:00 Noon

Free virtual presentation via Zoom

Have you ever asked “How can I enhance my property to support pollinators & birds?” Or “Should I only plant native plants?” Val Libby will discuss such topics from the perspective of a lifelong gardener, professor and former employee of Surry Gardens. She will give suggestions on where naturalistic plantings can thrive, how to enhance existing natural areas, and the advantages and disadvantages of meadow gardens.

Val Libby retired as an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture at Temple University. In 2004 she served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Landscape History in Portugal. She has authored numerous articles on landscape preservation and women’s history and is an Acadia Senior College instructor. Val is also the author of a forthcoming book called The Northwest Gardens of Lord & Schryver (OSU Press, 2021).


To register for this event, please fill out the form below, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

You will receive the Zoom link the day before the presentation.

Naturalizing Your Landscape

Members Only Boat Trip to Petit Manan Island

June 26, 2021

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Leave from Winter Harbor Marina

Join Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, aboard the 40′ Tricia Clark, Maine’s original puffin boat. This is a 2.5-hour tour down Frenchman Bay to circumnavigate Petit Manan Island and view the Petit Manan Lighthouse which was constructed in 1857. The light is a conical granite tower, standing at 119 feet tall, making it the second tallest lighthouse in Maine. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Petit Manan light is still in service today.

During this tour, you will also experience the breathtaking views of Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula. Petit Manan is home to a variety of seabirds and water-dwelling mammals, most notably the Atlantic puffin. Other species you may see are Razorbills, Arctic Terns, Roseate Terns, Common Terns, Guillemots, Cormorants, Bald Eagles, Eiders, Cormorants and a variety of gulls. Also, both Harbor and Gray Seals call this island home.

The boat launch is at the Winter Harbor Marina at 88 Sargent Street. There is plenty of parking available.  Please be at the marina by 9:40 AM to check-in and board the boat. Binoculars and a camera (optional) can enhance the experience, but are not required.

Cost - $85 per person. Limited to 18 participants.

Please call 207-288-9500 to reserve your spot.

All participants must wear a facial mask during the tour. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.  Changes to the status of COVID-19 precautions are monitored closely by Schoodic Institute and are subject to change according to the guidance of the Maine CDC (and U.S. CDC).


Seth Benz, Director - Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab, has amassed nearly 30 years of experience in conservation science and environmental education leadership. He has guided Road Scholar birding trips in Maine, directed Hog Island Audubon Camp (1999-2008), worked as an island supervisor for Project Puffin, served as Education Director of the Audubon Expedition Institute and as Assistant Curator of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania. He is now the director of the Schoodic Bird Ecology Lab, a collaborative field station focused on bird migration, phenology studies, and public participation in scientific research at Acadia National Park.

Seth's hands-on work includes raptor and songbird migration research, hawk watching, tern restoration efforts, bird flight altitude and wind energy studies, telemetry of wintering bald eagles, capturing migratory peregrine falcons at Assateague Island National Seashore, next box monitoring projects with American Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl, and Eastern Bluebird, and, ecotourism scouting trips to Peru and Mexico.

Members Only Boat Trip to Petit Manan Island