Our programs are selected to balance COA’s academic mission with the lure of Mount Desert Island, seeking to introduce people to the region’s natural history, cultural richness, artistic potential—and to the human ecological mission of College of the Atlantic—while also enhancing funding for student scholarships and faculty research.

Adult Courses in summer 2016 will include workshops such as Conservation Photography taught by Dr. Randy Fitzgerald and Dr. Nancy Harris; Life on Mount Desert Rock with Dr. Christoph Richter; and The Model in the Maine Landscape with Judy Taylor.

Family Nature Camp (FNC) is a series of week-long overnight camps for families in July. FNC was named one of the top five family camps in the nation by Good Morning America and Family Fun Magazine. Participants stay in campus housing, enjoy COA’s award-winning cuisine with locally-sourced food from our organic gardens, enjoy guided field trips with professional naturalists that include bird-watching, hiking in Acadia National Park, exploring ponds and tide pools, and combing the cobblestone beaches of Mount Desert Island. Family fun at its best!

Conferences and Events—COA is host to one-day (the annual Abbe Museum Native American Festival) or week-long conferences such as the Samba Meets Jazz Workshops, musicians dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of Jazz, Brazilian Music and World Rhythms; The Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts focusing on music from Ireland, Canada, Scotland, New England, Louisiana, and Appalachia, and Celtic culture; or the Deutsch Woche for the American Association of Teachers of German.

Summer Field Institute is a series of field-based immersion programs in human ecology, taught by COA faculty, for high-school students, eligible for college credit. In summer 2015 we offered the course Islands Through Time for 16 juniors and seniors who spent a portion of their study out at COA’s Blair Research Station on Mount Desert Rock, a remote island situated approximately 25 nautical miles south of College of the Atlantic, and the Eno Research Station on Great Duck Island, home to some of the largest known breeding populations of marine birds.

Summer Field Studies offers one- and two-week day camp sessions based at COA’s Dorr Museum of Natural History. In small groups with individual attention, children grades K–9 learn about natural history, become citizen scientists, plant vegetables, draw, put on plays, and have fun through active learning and adventure, taking advantage of trails in Acadia National Park, our shoreline in Frenchman Bay and on MDI’s lakes and ponds. 

Wedding Ceremonies—The front lawn of The Turrets, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an ideal location for a romantic and memorable oceanfront wedding ceremony.