College of the Atlantic: Summer Field Institute


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July, August
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
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    The Summer Field Institute offers transformative, pre-college immersion experiences that focus on the environment. Here students explore the connections between science, art, and the humanities while they engage in an intensive program combining academic work with field research.

    Our three programs offer unique experiences depending on your interests!

    Islands Through Time: whether it's studying seabirds or whales, you will learn how to communicate your observations through data, writing, painting, and statistics! You will travel on small boats with your team to islands and beaches, but not as a tourist! Over 12 days, you will learn about marine biology, ecology, spend nights in a field station, visit whale feeding grounds, and learn more about preservation and conservation.

    Field Botany: students of all ages are welcome to learn about the plant life in New England! Field experience trips include visits to Deer Isles and Brooksville, as well as visiting the seaside to look at plants in rock outcrops. Students will learn how to identify over 200 native plants and take field quizzes, participate in class, and develop a small herbarium collection.

    Plein-Air Water Color Painting: students will go to a variety of scenic locations to learn how to identify plein-air landscapes. Classes are arranged based upon subjects, styles, and lighting that students want to learn or improve upon. Students will learn about different techniques, about the masters and at the end of the day will participate in group discussions.

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