University of Maine
May 14-16, 2019
optional field trip May 17, 2019
The nearest international airport is in Bangor, Maine (airport code BGR). Depending on where you are coming from, flights into Bangor can be expensive and time consuming because of layovers. Consider flying into the Portland Jetport (Portland, Maine) or Boston Logan International Airport (Boston, MA) and taking a bus up to Bangor (Concord Coach Lines has regular service between Boston, Portland, and Bangor). This can often take hours off your total travel time and save tens to hundreds of dollars.
Local transportation (getting to and from the airport/bus station and Orono): -we are offering rides to-from the airport and bus station in Bangor (only). Please provide us with your travel plans as soon as possible so that we can ensure there is a ride available for you and so that we can coordinate amongst our drivers to reduce emissions by minimizing the number of trips.
If you would like to plan on getting your own ride, your best bet for getting to Orono from the Bangor Airport or Concord Coach bus station is a taxi/Uber/Lyft. Multiple taxi services are available at the airport, and the ride will cost you ~$15-$28 one way (~10 miles/20 minutes). Uber and Lyft have only recently expanded in the area and may have similar prices and longer wait times relative to a taxi. In addition, the University Inn offers a complimentary shuttle service that includes the airport, which must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.
A block of rooms has been reserved on a first come-first served basis at the University Inn (5 College Ave, Orono, ME 04473) for the nights of 13-16 May at a special discounted rate of $99/night + taxes and fees. The majority of the rooms available contain two double beds, though a few rooms with one king bed are also available. You must reserve your room by April 23, 2019, in order to receive this rate. Please reference the "Arctic Data Workshop" (group code: ADW19) when you call to make your reservation (800-321-4921).
The University Inn is within easy walking distance (~1 mi / 2.2 km) of campus and close to multiple eating options in downtown Orono. It is the only hotel available within walking distance of the University campus.
For graduate students attending the workshop, a limited number of dormitory style rooms are available on campus at a reduced rate of $39.79/night. The majority of the rooms are single rooms with a double bed, linens and towels, micro-fridge, and rocking chair with shared kitchen and bathroom spaces on the floor. A very limited number of double rooms are also available. To reserve one of these rooms (which are available on a first come-first served basis), please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2019 with your name, contact information (including email and physical address for billing), and the exact dates you would like to reserve the room for.
There is a $55 registration fee to attend this workshop. The project grant will cover participant working lunches and supplies during the workshop. Participants or their institutions are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from the workshop as well as lodging and some meals. We have limited funds available to offset participants' attendance costs; these funds will be distributed after the workshop. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their need for funding assistance during the registration process.
Mid-May is a beautiful time of year to visit Maine, with many opportunities for outdoor adventures. Temperatures are moderate this time of year, and the spring canopy is just emerging while black fly season is not yet in full swing. In anticipation that some workshop participants may want an outdoor experience, we are organizing a post-conference field trip to take place Friday, 17 May. We will be headed to Maine’s iconic Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, just over an hour from the UMaine campus. Acadia National Park offers great hiking and sightseeing along Maine’s rocky coastline. We will bring the group to the Sand Beach area, where you can lumber about on the beach (bear in mind the ocean water will be very cold!), walk along Ocean Drive, or take a hike up the Beehive. We will also have the option of driving to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Participants should bring cool-weather clothing (fleece and/or windbreak), a hat, sunglasses, and hiking boots or (sneakers with good tread) to make sure your Acadia experience is a good one. A light rain jacket is recommended in case of less than perfect weather.
While transportation cost will be covered for the field trip, participants will be expected to cover individual food and park admission costs. Further details and signup will be available at the conference.
During the workshop we will also provide two local trips on the first and second afternoons. Weather permitting, these trips will include paddling on the Stillwater River adjacent to campus and a nature walk at the nearby Hirundo Wildlife Refuge. More details will be made available during the workshop.