COA students tend to have eclectic interests—and lots of them. Much of our energy is channeled into coursework, but we also make room to pursue plenty of other passions outside of class. In the evenings, there may be film screenings, theater productions, poetry out loud, or a meeting to organize a trip to a protest or conference. Students also get together in both official clubs and unofficial groups to botanize, do fiber arts, make music, or create a pop-up restaurant. You’re in a community full of really smart, creative people: who knows what you’ll cook up together.

Current student organizations:
  • Anime and Gaming Club
  • Botany Club
  • COA Council on Foreign Affairs
  • College of the Atlantic Quidditch Team
  • Earth in Brackets
  • Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Group
  • Fiber Arts Club
  • The Good Film Club
  • Picante Pelotas Futbol Club
  • Poetry Collective
  • Random Acts of Kindness Club
  • Sore Toes
  • Spectrum
  • Student Framework for Environmental and Social Justice
  • Vegan/Vegetarian Club
  • Woodworking Club
  • Zero Waste Club
Want to create a new student organization?

Contact Lauren Rupp at to learn how. 

Upcoming student activities:

  • May
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    Hike Gorham and The Beehive with the Outing Club

    1:00pm, Whale Skull This is an amazing hike in Acadia National Park that offers a great look at the southeastern side of the island. The hike has expansive views of open ocean and some tricky steep climbs!
  • May
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    Kundalini Yoga with Mahan Deva Singh

    4:00pm, Gates Center Each Kundalini class utilizes postures and movement (asana), along with breath, mantra, chanting and meditation to work on all aspects of your being.
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    Zen Meditation and Practice

    6:00pm, Deering Common - 2nd Floor Meditation Room COA students and staff, along with the community at large, are invited to join the True Nature Zen Sangha for weekly practice. We will meet in the campus meditation room, on the second floor of Deering Common. Practice will be led by Laura Neal (Reverend Bonyon Prajna), an ordained priest and Dharma Holder in the Five Mountain Zen Order.
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    MDI’s Freshwater Fisheries: Subsistence, Recreation, and Conservation

    4:10pm, McCormick Lecture Hall

    The historical and modern-day uses of freshwater fisheries on Mount Desert Island are explored by researcher Dr. Erik Reardon at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum.

  • May
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    Soul Flow Vinyasa Yoga with Heather Murray, 95’

    4:10pm, Gates Center Heather’s class is a mix of steady Vinyasa Flow Yoga to strengthen and engage body and mind mixed with mindful alignment and the occasional Yin or restorative posture to drop you into a deeper place of stillness.