A coastal refuge open to the public.

The Schiller Coastal Studies Center, on Orr’s Island, is a research and teaching facility located on a 118-acre landscape of forest and meadows. The property includes 2.5 miles of rocky coastline, a spruce–fir swamp, early successional communities, an old apple orchard, and red pine, cedar, and oak–pine forest. The marine communities (high intertidal splash zones, rocky shores, mudflats, and eelgrass) are typical of Maine’s sheltered coastal habitats.  

The Center is an ideal gathering place for Bowdoin faculty, staff, students, scholars, and community members—particularly those invested in the climate and environment, but also for anyone who appreciates working in a natural setting by the sea. 

Schiller Coastal Studies Center 
240 Bayview Road 
Orr's Island, Maine 


Directions from Bowdoin College to the Schiller Coastal Studies Center: 

  • Take Highway 123 (Harpswell Road) 6.1 miles 
  • Turn left on Mountain Road and drive 2.7 miles 
  • Turn right on Highway 24 (Harpswell Island Road) and drive 2.6 miles 
  • Turn right on Bayview Road and drive 0.8 miles to the entrance of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center 
  • Continue another 0.2 miles to the parking area 


All visitors should seek to carpool to the maximum extent possible. Parking at the SCSC is limited. Access by car past the main parking area (by the trailhead) is only permitted for research, course, and maintenance purposes, and even then only when delivery of equipment, rapidity of access, or safety concerns make vehicle access essential for these officially sanctioned activities. 


A network of well-maintained trails is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Visit the Trails page for a map of trails and guidelines.


For academic use inquiries and scheduling requests, please contact: 

Steve Allen, Assistant Director of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center

For other inquiries, please contact: 

Tony Sprague, Executive Director of Events and Summer Programs 

Guidelines and Fees