Live and Learn in Maine

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Whether it’s during the program or during the weekend, there are countless opportunities to enjoy all Maine has to offer throughout the fall.

  • Course includes six daylong research cruises down the Damariscotta River and into the Gulf of Maine
  • New, award-winning residence hall provides a beautiful place to live along the Damariscotta River estuary
  • Maine’s rugged coastline, rocky mountains, and charming towns offer an idyllic weekend playground

Student Life at Bigelow Laboratory

Student running outside with fish. People cheering in the background.

Sea Change students are housed at the Graham Shimmield Residence Hall, overlooking the Damariscotta River. The new 15,000-square-foot eco-friendly facility on our campus, is located just a short walk from our laboratory. Energy efficiency, ease of maintenance, and respect for the surrounding environment are all embodied by the modern design, which blurs the lines between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Residence hall building

The two-story structure houses a communal fully equipped kitchen and social area, adaptable meeting space, recreation areas, fitness room, laundry facilities, and wireless Internet access.

Students on dock

Students are given a food stipend and are responsible for their own meals. Membership to the local YMCA is provided, with access to its Olympic-size swimming pool, indoor track, racquetball, squash and tennis courts, and weight and cardio exercise facilities. East Boothbay is a small, rural community in Midcoast Maine. It offers plenty of outdoor activities with unparalleled vistas of the rugged Maine coast. Hiking trails are abundant and within close proximity to the Laboratory.