Color + Light

June 21 – June 25
5-Day Session: $275 Resident / $350 Non-Resident
[Full— please register to be added to the waitlist.]

Color is a collaboration—a collaboration, Paul Cezanne says, of the mind and world. Spend the week in this collaboration and saturate yourself in the world of vivid color all around us. Draw and paint from found pigments, dye with plants, experiment with light waves, use the sun to make prints, and make cyanometers. Explore the spectrum and the island alike as we illuminate studies in color. Reflect on what we see outside and, more importantly, what is inspired within.

Mount Desert Mountaintops

June 28 – July 9
2-Week Session: $440 Resident / $520 Non-Resident
[Full— please register to be added to the waitlist.]

Tie up those hiking boots and let’s hit the trails! Summit some of the most picturesque peaks on the island while gaining a new perspective on the landscapes and bodies of water below. Swim in a high elevation pond, witness the work of glaciers, and investigate some of the hardy flora and fauna that make their home in the unique environment of the alpine zone. Plenty of games, art, and exploration along the trail!

Field Notes

July 12 – July 15
4-day Session: $220 Resident / $290 Non-Resident
[Full— please register to be added to the waitlist.]

Rachel Carson, John Muir, Jane Goodall, and Bernd Heinrich did more than just appreciate the wilderness for themselves—they had/have a knack for taking field notes to share the beauty they experienced with others. Join us for a colorful week of photography, illustration, collage, creative writing, and painting, and then bind it all together in a field journal. Explore a different place each day by hiking, swimming, biking, or paddling.

Saltwater: Frenchman Bay Ecology

July 19 – July 29
2-Week Session with 4-day/3-night overnight trip: $480 Resident / $560 Non-Resident
[Full— please register to be added to the waitlist.]

Like any good island, MDI is surrounded by water.  For thousands of years a salty garden of clams, herring, and codfish sustained those who called this place home.  Today the near islands and bays provide recreation and livelihoods to sailors, kayakers, lobstermen, and seaside daydreamers. On boats, beaches, and on the big island of MDI and its smaller neighbors; see what is so special about the mix of minerals and water that are the foundation of the Gulf of Maine. Learn the basics of sea kayaking and venture to a few nearby islands for an overnight excursion.

Note: This session includes a 4-day/3-night camping trip from July 26th to July 29th. Participants will leave COA beach on Monday morning and be back on campus to be picked up at 3pm on Thursday.

Canoe Class

August 2 – August 12
2-Week Session: $440 Resident / $520 Non-Resident
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Crisscrossed by lakes, streams, and ponds—one of the best ways to explore Mount Desert Island and its watery corners is afloat. Launch canoes and paddle with a partner over clear waters and deep lakes. Get up close to beaver houses and check out the aquatic life swimming in and around MDI’s freshwater. Follow the meanders of a marshy stream, learn the proper strokes to paddle a canoe, and build skills for portaging, packing, and waterway map-reading. Enjoy the satisfaction of being in a place you can only get to by boat.