What Participants Say

what past participants have to say...

"Everyone was so incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable about the island and Acadia in particular. This was so wonderfully "anti-vacation" that we wish we could live the same week all over again. This experience has ushered in a new vision of what a vacation should be for our family, and we will never again waste a beautiful week away on a repetitive, purchase-driven vacation!" – FNC 2013 family

"This was, by far, our best family vacation! We have the highest regard for the staff and we made some great friends! This was an amazing experience; frankly it was difficult to leave."
– R. Schaffer

It was awesome! I wish we had come years earlier! The instructors were great. The food was great! The grounds are breathtaking. We will be back. Thank you." – T. Heister

“I was very impressed with how friendly everyone at COA was. The kitchen staff was the bomb - always great with the kids and VERY friendly!” – Y. Johnson

“After 20 years you have it just about perfect.” – C. Darkangelo

“This was our second trip, and it was even better than the first. We love the area, and we love the camp. I feel like I learn more during the camp week than I ever would have if we traveled to the area on our own, and it is fun.” – B. Barth

“Even though we've been to Family Camp 17 times, we do not tire of the program. Each year, there is something different to experience. Many lasting friendships have been developed at COA. Our trip to Maine is a highlight of each year.” – The Gumpert Family

"NOT TO BE MISSED: Family Nature Camp and its leaders and organizers are unbelievable! If you have ever been thinking of attending, don't wait—do it now! A great deal, too, and great food, people, location, etc. Remember the Maine slogan... the way life should be." – M. Vaugh

"The whole week exceeded expectations. It is a comfortable and beautiful setting, and the program was excellent." – M. Fisher

"I wish there were more of these programs around the world. I think COA should be a model for other colleges! This was a great way for me to bring my three kids on vacation alone and get professional development points." – K. Scibelli

"After our fourth consecutive summer here, our expectations and experiences have not diminished. They only grow. We have formed friendships and this year planned our trip with 2 other families we met last summer during Family Week." – N. Katzenbach

"It was great for family time and for learning. We are homeschoolers and this week was a year's worth of science! Our children are motivated to learn more about what they studied and that makes my job delightful!" – L. Pinkham

"Family Nature Camp is fun! Excellent! You'll never want to leave." – Shiloh (age 6)

2014 Sessions & Rates


July 6–July 12, 2014 

July 13–19, 2014 - FULL

July 20–26, 2014 

July 27–August 2, 2014  - FULL

(Returning Family Week)


$935 per adult

$480 per child (15 and under)

Registration costs for all sessions include lodging, meals, and all scheduled field trips. There is an additional $50 per family application fee.

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Payment may be made by check or credit card. A non-refundable deposit of $550 (including $50 application fee) is due with your initial registration.

Contact Information

Summer Programs

College of the Atlantic

105 Eden Street

Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone: 1-800-597-9500

Fax: 207-288-3780

Email: summer@coa.edu

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