A Note regarding Summer Field Institute 2020 

College of the Atlantic has made the difficult decision of canceling COA’s 2020 summer programs.

Our mission to bring visitors to our campus in the summer, and the activity, energy, and excitement will be sorely missed. However, we feel the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic leaves us little choice in the matter. Cancelling these programs is the best step we can take to protect your health and safety and that of our students, staff, faculty, and guests. We feel that there are just too many unknowns right now to feel comfortable opening without a clearer sense of a recovery timeline.


However, we do look forward to a fresh start next summer in 2021 and hope you will be able to join us!


Islands Through Time 

An interdisciplinary exploration of the ecology, culture, and history of Downeast Maine as seen through the lenses of art, natural history, science and the humanities. Successful Islands Through Time students earn two college semester credits. Open to rising eleventh through twelfth graders.

July 19 - July 31, 2020

Field Botany: Plants of New England

A field-based experience focusing on the diversity, ecology, and human uses of common plants of New England, with the aim of enhancing understanding and appreciation of the plant world. Course may be taken for college credit. Open to all ages—high school, college and adult learners.

August 2 - 15, 2020 

Institute for Environmental Journalism
A partnership with Inside Climate News

An examination of the nation’s most pressing environmental concerns through ambitious journalism immersed in the rugged coast of Maine, embracing science journalism as a tool to provoke meaningful conversations about climate and the broader environment. Open to rising tenth through twelfth graders, as well as recent high school graduates.

July 6-17, 2020