The grounds are open to the public. However, visiting groups interested in using our facilities need a Bowdoin sponsor. Please submit a written proposal at least three months before planned activities, which are to be academic in nature, and must be approved by the director. The fee schedule for visitors varies with the nature of use.
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
Visitors may park at the main trail head or drive past the Farmhouse and down the hill to the right where they will find additional "visitor parking." Please observe the 15 mile per hour speed limit while on the property.
For academic use inquiries and scheduling requests, please contact:
Holly Parker, Director of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center
For other inquiries, please contact:
Tony Sprague, Executive Director of Events and Summer Programs
It is anticipated that visitor uses will be variable, and fees charged to individual groups may vary according to circumstances as determined by the director of the Schiller Coastal Studies Center.
- Standard bench fees for the SCSC Marine/Dry Lab: $200/week or $700/month
- SCSC Technician: $55/hour
- SCSC Boat Fees: R/V AOK: $60/hr + Captain Fee
- Maritime Skiff: $30/hr + Captain Fee
Visiting courses, conferences, and outreach groups will be charged a $50 minimum, plus $2 per person per day. These nominal fees are intended to cover the additional energy, supply, and administrative costs generated by visitors' activities. These fees are intended as a guideline, and may be revised as appropriate by the director. Any special needs may incur additional fees.
If you have any questions about submitting a proposal or the process, please contact Steven Allen (email@example.com).