Saint Croix Island International Historic site interactive presentation with park ranger– discover Champlain’s 1604 bird list and much more.
Interact with National Park Service Ranger Meg Scheid as she involves you in the story of Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a monument to the beginning of the United States and Canada. In 1604, Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, accompanied by Samuel Champlain and 77 other men, established a settlement on Saint Croix Island. Preceding Jamestown (1607) and Plymouth (1620), Pierre Dugua’s outpost was one of the earliest European settlements on the North Atlantic coast of North America.
From Saint Croix Island, Samuel Champlain explored and charted the coast of Norembegue (Norumbega), including the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic coast as far south as Cape Cod. The valuable insights gained from both the Saint Croix settlement and further exploration formed the foundation for a more successful settlement at Port Royal, and an enduring French presence in North American continuing to the present day. While the focus of this session is local history, Ranger Meg will also connect you with some fun birding facts from this earliest settlement.
Meg Scheid grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. Integrating her interests in arts, science and education she earned a degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. She began her career with the National Park Service in 1983 as a naturalist in Acadia National Park. In 1995, she moved to Nova Scotia where she started a business guiding tours for visitors to historic Acadia (Eastern Canada and Maine). Today, Meg works as a park ranger at Saint Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais, where she continues to interpret historic Acadia.