Credit: Beverley Guay '19
Exploring the National Park Idea: July 8-20, 2018

Students working closely with COA faculty, in small groups or in individual tutorials, will examine the historical, ecological, cultural, social and interpretive workings of the park through a variety of activities and learning experiences.

Faculty in art, biology, geology, and law will work with National Park Service professionals to expose students to various aspects of park management and day-to-day challenges of implementing the “national park idea.”

Through adventures in: 

  • field trips,
  • journaling,
  • service learning opportunities,
  • and  interpretive projects,

Students will be immersed in the management and experience of Acadia. Having just celebrated the centennial of the national park system last year, and specifically, Acadia National Park, this course provides exciting opportunity to explore, through art, research, reading, and writing, the broader themes of:

  • preservation,
  • attitudes toward nature, both past and present,
  • the history of conservation,
  • and appreciation of our natural environment.

Throughout the course, students will work directly with College of the Atlantic faculty members, writing extensively about their experiences, and working as part of a team to develop a presentation to share with their professors, peers, and the public at the end of the session. Successful completion of the program will make students who apply and are accepted to the College of the Atlantic eligible for a $10,000/year scholarship should they ultimately choose to matriculate as a degree candidate.

2 semester hours = .6 credits


Credit: Beverley Guay '19