Our programs are selected to balance COA’s academic mission with the lure of Mount Desert Island, introducing people to the region’s natural history, cultural richness, artistic potential—and to the human ecological mission of College of the Atlantic—while also providing a fun summer escape to learn something new!

Adult Courses in summer 2017 begin in June with Seal Cove, ME artist, Judy Taylor instructing The Model in the Maine LandscapeConservation Photography for a Fragile Planet taught by Dr. Randy Fitzgerald and Dr. Nancy Harris is back again for one week in July; new this summer are two, one-week Hike, Bike & Write Workshops in July with freelance writer and editor, Mary Collins; and at the end of July, an art workshop with Sullivan, ME artist, Philip Frey.

Family Nature Camp (FNC) offers week-long overnight camps for families in July. Participants stay in campus housing with COA’s award-winning dining 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. FNC was recognized as a top family camp by Good Morning America and Family Fun Magazine. Family fun at its best!

Conferences and Events COA is host to one-day or week-long conferences over the summer. (see side panel for list of 2017 conference and workshop partners)

Summer Field Institute are field-based, human ecology, immersion programs,
taught by COA faculty, for high-school students and are eligible for college credit. Our popular Islands Through Time for juniors and seniors takes students out to COA’s 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.


Summer Spotlight