Press Release: September 23, 2016
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Exploring Conservation and the National Parks

BAR HARBOR — The Acadia Centennial Lecture Series continues Oct. 9 with a look into the relationship between conservation and our national parks by College of the Atlantic president Darron Collin ’92.

Collins will present, “Our National Parks: A Petri Dish for Understanding the Blurred Boundary between Humanity and Nature,” at 5 p.m. in the Thomas S. Gates Community Center on the COA campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Collins will reflect on the future of conservation in the United States and on protected areas globally. He will draw on his years of experience as a conservationist working with World Wildlife Fund in Mongolia and the Amazon Basin and will explore the roles human being have played and will play in the management of the environment.

The Acadia Centennial Lecture Series is held in celebration of Acadia National Park’s Centennial. Visit for more information.

Founded in 1969, College of the Atlantic was the first college in the U.S. to focus on the relationship between humans and the environment. The intentionally small school of 350 students and 35 faculty members offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in human ecology – the study of how humans interact with our natural, social and technological environments. Each student develops their own course of study in human ecology, working across multiple disciplines, collaborating, innovating, and thinking far outside the box.

Recognizing the school’s commitment to sustainability in the curriculum, the Sierra Club named College of the Atlantic the #1 Green College in the United States in 2016.

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