While on Mount Desert Island, students will explore Acadia National Park, which provides a connection to the outdoors for millions of visitors each summer. Students will work directly with College of the Atlantic faculty, conduct group projects, and write extensively about their experiences.
The course begins on the COA campus with an introduction to the history and policy of the northern Maine Woods and the idea of wilderness. These experiences and observations will be contrasted with the experience of a downriver canoe-camping expedition on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in northern Maine - one of the last remaining premier wilderness waterways in North America. This expedition will serve as our laboratory to experience and explore the nature of wilderness, the role of science in understanding the biology of wilderness, as well as the transformative power of shared adventure.