Get ready to find your academic path in the great outdoors! College of the Atlantic focuses on human ecology—the relationship between humans and our environments. Each Summer Field Institute (SFI) program explores this central theme. For instance, you may spend the morning discussing a novel about life on a remote island, and spend the afternoon exploring the shore of that same island, spotting whales and identifying seabirds and their nesting grounds.

Our programs are designed for rising juniors and seniors who:

  • Are curious about the world and ready to engage
  • Have strong academic backgrounds and are excited about learning
  • Want to be challenged
  • Think outside of the box
  • Value learning both inside and outside the classroom
  • Want to change the world and help create a more sustainable future
Wonder of Acadia: July 8-20, 2018
Wonder of Acadia is not just a walk in the park! Explore your thoughts about the delicate balance of purpose in one of the country’s most beautiful parks.

Along with faculty in art, biology, geology, and law, and visits with local National Park Service Professionals, you will contemplate the “national park idea” and investigate the various aspects of park operations and the day-to-day challenges of managing a busy park in keeping with its original intention. 

Islands Through Time: July 22–August 3, 2018
Islands through Time is a field-based program designed to provide you with opportunities to reflect on your place in the world and develop skills you will use in college and beyond. 

Our classroom will include rocky island shores and the woods and waters of Maine and Acadia National Park. Students will explore the connections between science, art, and the humanities while they engage in an intensive program combining academic work with field experiences.



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High school students participating in COA’s 2016 Summer Field Institute class, Wonder of Acadia, join Christie Denzel Anastasia ’92, Acadia National Park’s deputy chief of interpretation, on the fire tower at Beech Mountain. (read more)
Credit: Photo by Donna Gold