Bailey Island

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The Coast of Maine

There is no place else in the world quite like the Maine coast. With 3500 miles of shoreline, Maine has thousands of bays, tidal inlets and jagged cliffs interspersed with fishing villages, industrial waterfront, undeveloped coastline and the only national park in New England.   Bowdoin's proximity to the coast gives students a unique array of opportunities for study, research, and recreation.

Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center (CSC) offers facilities and resources that support student and faculty research and courses focused on coastal settings and issues. The scope of studies supported by the CSC is inter- and multi-disciplinary including humanities; arts; social, natural and behavioral sciences; and mathematics.  In addition, the College maintains a research facility on Kents Island, Nova Scotia.