Sally Jewell to boost youth program at Acadia National Park

A youth program at Acadia National Park will receive a boost during a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Jewell and Jarvis will speak during an event at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.

Blueberry Hill on the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park

Blueberry Hill offers fine ocean views from the Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park.

It will be the first visit to Acadia National Park by Jewell in her official capacity as Interior secretary, a spokeswoman said.

Jewell and Jarvis will promote a program between the park service and the Schoodic Institute involving youth and science research, according to a release by Acadia National Park.

“Schoodic Institute works with the National Park Service, Friends of Acadia and other partners to bring hundreds of school children for a multi-day residential outdoor science education experience in Acadia National Park each year,” said Mark Berry, president and CEO of the institute, in a statement.

The public is invited to attend. People should call the institute in advance at 207-288-1310.

“We are pleased to have these two leaders speaking about the importance of youth and science in national parks,” said Sheridan Steele, superintendent of Acadia National Park, in a statement. “It emphasizes the important work we are doing with our partners in Acadia like Schoodic Institute and Friends of Acadia.”

Schoodic Institute, a private nonprofit organization, works closely with the National Park Service to support science education, the release said. The institute manages the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus.

Friends of Acadia is a private, nonprofit group that supports Acadia National Park and local communities in a variety of ways.