BAR HARBOR, MAINE â€“ The National Park Service (NPS) and SERC Institute are hosting two public events to celebrate the grand opening of the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC), which is located in the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, Maine. The NPS has invested nearly $18 million in Congressional appropriations and park user fees over the past nine years to transform the former Naval Security Group Activity base to a state-of-the-art campus for SERC and support the local economy. The total investment includes $9.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which played a significant role in advancing the conversion of the navy base facilities. The facilities include classrooms, laboratories, lodging, dining rooms, and a 125-seat auditorium on a newly landscaped, pedestrian-friendly campus.
A grand opening ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at SERC. The ceremony will include a presentation of remarks followed by a reception under an open-air tent. Scheduled speakers include Senator Susan M. Collins (Maine); Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (Maryland); Ms. Elizabeth Williamson, Regional Director, U.S, Department of Education; Dr. Gary E. Machlis, Science Advisor to the NPS Director; and Mr. Alan J. Goldstein, Chairman, SERC Institute Board of Directors. The new campus and facilities will be open for touring from 3-5 p.m. after the presentation. NPS and SERC Institute staff will be on hand to answer questions and highlight SERCâ€™s programs and activities.
In addition, a community open house is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27, from noon to 3 p.m., at SERC. The open house will include tours of the new facilities, kidâ€™s activities, and a cookout generously supported by Hannaford. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 288-1310.
Contact Name: John T. Kelly
Telephone Number: (207)288-8703