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Acadia Institute of Oceanography (AIO) offers “Advanced Sessions”, which comprise pre-college summer courses for students 15 – 19 who have completed at least one year of high school science, ideally biology or chemistry. The programs are analytical two-week sessions, in which students will prepare lab reports and field work analyses through the hands-on camp at the Acadia Institute of Oceanography in Seal Harbor, Maine. Students can also explore collegiate and marine science-related career options, as well as have the opportunity to earn college credit through their participation, depending on their chosen enrollment and outcomes.


The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, offers up to four $10,000 in annual scholarships to students accepted into their program with a recommendation from an Acadia Institute of Oceanography Director. Thus, participation can be a meaningful and financially rewarding networking opportunity for those who make the most of their experience.

Two separate sessions are offered each summer in July and August, and the first advanced session includes the opportunity for students to earn college credit from the University of Maine Machias, AIO’s affiliate university partner. Students who excel in the program are invited to apply for one of our winter programs in Belize and Florida.

Mock Schedule for a Typical Day in the Advanced Program at Acadia Institute of Oceanography:

  • Morning: Water testing boat trip, Shark Dissection
  • Early afternoon: Beach Profile and Sediment Sorting
  • Late afternoon: Mini seminar based on a marine topic
  • Evening: Rec Time/Lecture: Ocean Evolution

Housing and logistics:

Students will reside in the vintage 1931 Durham Schoolhouse dorms, and the schoolhouse also has a lecture hall, recreation room, research wet laboratory, library, director’s office, nurse’s office, dining room, bathrooms, and showers. In addition to the daily academic schedule, students do have built-in time for daily recreational activities such as hiking in Acadia National Park, swimming, group games, and visits to local laboratories and museums, as well as free time to read, write letters, socialize and relax.

Checkout Acadia Institute – Advanced Marine Science Camp Program Watch Video

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