Family Nature Camp (Week Six)

Bar Harbor, Maine
Sunday, July 25, 2010

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Take home more than souvenirs and photos! "What we did on our summer vacation" is given new meaning by families participating in a week-long Family Nature Camp at College of the Atlantic. As a family, you will discover the natural wonders and enjoy the majestic beauty of the Maine Coast and Acadia National Park. COA is accredited by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

Voted one of the top 5 family camps in the country by GOOD MORNING AMERICA and FAMILY FUN MAGAZINE!

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A typical week at family nature camp...

Each week at Family Nature Camp will have it's own unique feel, but for those wanting a "sneak peek," here is an idea of what you can expect:



  • check in between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.
  • meet other families at orientation
  • dinner and ice cream social
  • film presentation by Buzz Scott, an engineer who helped design the ROV featured in the Blue Planet and other Nova / National Geographic specials.

Monday and/or Tuesday:

  • take a trip into Acadia - history and orientation
  •  Bass Harbor Nature Cruise
  • visit local Beaver sites in Acadia National Park
  • assemble the bones of a real Minke Whale skeleton
  • visit COA's  Natural History and Whale Museums


  • free day to hike or take your Whale Watch trip
  • presentation by Tony Sohns - the "Bug Man" in the evening

Thursday and/or Friday:

  • field ecology hike in Acadia
  • tide pooling in Acadia
  • one of these two days will be a "free day" ending with an evening trip on the  Starfish Enterprise with Diver Ed, where you will visit the bottom of the sea and never get wet!


  • vacate the dorms by 9 a.m.

Also available are optional sea kayak tours with Ardea Expeditions around which we would book all your other field trips.  Meals are served in our award winning dining hall starting with Sunday night dinner and ending with Friday night dinner.  If you and your family plan a day-long outing, the dining hall will make sure you have a delicious bag lunch to take with you.
Off-hours can be spent socializing with other families or visiting Bar Harbor or other areas of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  You can either drive or use the Island Explorer, which is a free bus service that picks up and drops off passengers at the COA campus every 15 minutes daily.

Returning Families

New activities include a sail on a four-masted schooner, a narrated nature cruise to the offshore fishing village of Frenchboro, and new and different self-guided hikes, walks, tours and activities suggested by program coordinators.


Contact Information

  • Phone: 8005979500, Email:
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