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Acadia Institute of Oceanography
Seal Harbor, Maine

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9 Lower Dunbar Rd.
Seal Harbor, Maine 04675

P.O. Box 8308
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

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CAMPER AGES: 10-19 years of age

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: As the premiere marine science summer program in New England for 46 years, AIO introduces students to the physical, chemical and biological aspects of oceanography while students explore their future in marine science.

Swimming, Team Sports, Science, Academics, Wilderness/Nature, and more. We Are Primarily An Academic Marine Science Program Though We Also Offer Recreational Activities Including Hiking, Swimming & Boating.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located on Mt. Desert Island next to Acadia National Park in Seal Harbor, Maine. We are 8 miles from Bar Harbor.

CAMP FACILITIES: Our schoolhouse has been converted to include large dormitories, a working wet lab, bathrooms/showers, classrooms and a cafeteria.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: In 1975, chemistry teacher George Hahn yearned to find a way to give his students a strong marine science experience through hands on exploration. Though classroom instruction is valuable, he knew they also needed to learn the practical application of marine science and so the Acadia Institute of Oceanography (AIO) was born. Located in Seal Harbor, Maine on beautiful Mt. Desert Island, the rugged Maine coast is our classroom. As the premiere marine science summer program in New England for 45+ years, AIO introduces students to the physical, chemical and biological aspects of oceanography while students explore their future in marine science.

Over 200 students from across the country and around the world attend AIO. These are all students with strong motivation and interest in learning about the ocean. We require a teacher recommendation for acceptance into the program so we know we’re getting highest caliber of student. Our staff are qualified educators, many with advanced degrees, who come to us from schools and universities around the country.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: We offer a limited number of $400 and $750 need/merit based scholarships.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): AIO offers a one week Introductory session for 10-12 year olds, two 2-week Intermediate sessions for 12-15 year olds and two 2-week Advanced sessions for high school students.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: In November of each year, we alternate offerings of either a Florida Exploration Program or a tropical program in San Pedro, Belize.

OTHER CAMP INFO: One session each summer is offered for 4 college credits through the University of Maine Machias. Both of our advanced session are for students who have completed a minimum of freshman year, though to take it for credit you must be a rising junior or senior.

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