Acadia Institute: Marine Science Summer Programs

For 38 years, AIO has offered teens the opportunity to study oceanography through its summer camps. Mount Desert Island is the perfect place to study marine ecology because the cool Labrador Current brings minerals from the north to feed the food chains of coastal Maine. Waters are rich in plankton and there are many species of fish and marine mammals. Offshore dredges yield sediments full of benthic life. Rivers and estuaries serve as ocean nurseries. Rocky tidal pools shelter invertebrates and small fish. And mud flats and marshes present new environments and species for study. All of these diverse environments are within a few miles of AIO.

We also offer students the chance to explore their collegiate options during the advanced sessions with college tours and meetings with the Jackson Lab and Mt. Desert Island Biological Lab, both of whom offer internships to high school and college age students. Several of our students have participated over the years.

The caliber of our students is so well respected that College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine, now offers $10,000/year scholarships to any AIO student who is accepted into their program with a recommendation from one of our Directors. As of 2011, AIO is also pleased to announce our first advanced session will be available for college credit through the University of Maine Machias.

At the heart of the AIO summer camp program is an experienced and qualified core of educators trained in the field of oceanography. These are classroom teachers, practicing scientists, and researchers - many with advanced graduate degrees. The student to instructor ratio is approximately four to one. Other staff members include a full-time nurse, a professional chef, recreation coordinator, and interns.


Ages: 15-19

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
PO Box 285
Seal Harbor, ME USA 04675

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This summer program has 2 comments.

jo BRONZE said...
on Oct. 9 at 6:20 pm
jo BRONZE, Rexburg, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
"My women of Paris, seek your own enlightenment!" - The Musketeers (BBC)

Is this program expensive?

hello said...
on Dec. 29 2012 at 8:04 pm
The advanced session at AIO was a great experience! I learned a lot and had tons of fun. The program is really what you make of it, you can really focus on learning or spend more time relaxing depending on what you are looking for. 

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