At last year’s “Eek of Ecology” Halloween Festival, children got acquainted with marine creatures such as starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers in a touch tank as part of the festivities. SCHOODIC INSTITUTE AT ACADIA NATIONAL PARK PHOTOS

Eek! Halloween festival to celebrate ecology



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Former Acadia National Park ranger Bill Weidner got into the act and suited up in a costume to entertain and introduce young park visitors to the natural wonders of the Schoodic District.

WINTER HARBOR — Have fun learning about bats, spiders and other creatures that may provoke fear among some folks, but actually perform crucial functions in the environment on Saturday, Oct. 29, as part of Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park’s “Eek of Ecology” Halloween Festival. Admission is free.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend this year’s festival from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on the institute’s campus in the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park.

“Eek of Ecology” uses Halloween as a springboard to offer fun, educational activities with a special focus on the nation’s national parks. National Park Rangers, Schoodic Institute staff and volunteers are all pitching in to make the activities informative, but entertaining.

In celebration of the National Park Service and Acadia National Park‘s 100th birthdays, kids nationwide are invited to explore the “Eeek!-y” creatures and ghouls at national park sites across the United States. Art and games also will figure in the activities.

Participants will gather at the Moore Auditorium on the Institute campus. No registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 288-1310 and visit www.SchoodicInstitute.org.

Skunks are among the many diverse animals that inhabit Acadia National Park. This imposter was a draw with his sweets.

Skunks are among the many diverse animals that inhabit Acadia National Park. This imposter was a draw with his sweets.

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