The Naturalist’s Notebook is a pair of fun, interactive, brain-envigorating exploratoriums/shops that merge nature, science, art and the frontier of knowledge in creative installations. Invented in 2009 by longtime Sports Illustrated editor and writer Craig Neff and artist/photographer Pamelia Markwood, the Notebook has been named a Best of New England destination by Yankee magazine, a Best of Maine destination by Down East and one of the 50 Things to Do in Maine This Summer by the Bangor Daily News. Visitors learn, shop and feel inspired as they explore content-rich 13.8-billion-year environments created by Neff and Markwood with top scientists, naturalists and artists and also with children. Locations in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor.
For the Acadia National Park Centennial, The Naturalist’s Notebook will transform rooms in its Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor exploratoriums into walk-in installations highlighting the wondrous nature and eye-opening science of Acadia National Park. Artists, naturalists, scientists and students will collaborate with Notebook founders Pamelia Markwood and Craig Neff to create interactive spaces that celebrate not only Acadia’s tradition of science but also the frontier-of-knowledge research now being conducted by scientists and citizen-scientists in the park and at the Acadia-linked Schoodic Institute. Visitors to the Notebook will learn the story of Acadia from its elemental roots in the Big Bang to its future role as a biologically unique bellwether of climate change. They will see the park with a fresh eye and a heightened sense of curiosity.