Click on the pins below to see some of the resources in and around Mt. Desert Island. Zoom in for a closer view of in-town Bar Harbor and some of the key landmarks within walking distance of the COA campus.

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Student perspectives:
  • Wandering and turning over rocks in the intertidal, watching gulls and gannets, exploring the bogs and other dystrophic wetlands on the Island.  I would be kidding myself if I didn’t say that tourist season can be a real nuisance (especially if you wish to cross Eden Street before the end of September).

    - Joshua Harkness
  • The town is small and concentrated but becomes unusually busy in the summer months and the beginning and end of the school year. Poorly suited to agriculture and trade and traditionally hostile towards fishermen (through the park service), the town is overwhelmingly reliant on tourism. Areas immediately off the island, on the nearby islands, and on the southwest side tend to be more typical downeast communities, with their small, diversified farms, sprawling blueberry barrens that redden in the fall, thriving lobster fisheries, and clam flats.

    - Lucian Vazquez
  • I love sunrises at the top of Cadillac Mountain, and it is the first place to see it in the United States for most of the year!  We are so lucky to have Acadia National Park as our backyard. MDI is a close and welcoming community, even for people who come from halfway across the world like me! 

    - Giorgia Paliaga Mills