The Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center—located on Orr’s Island about 14 miles from campus—will soon be more accessible. 

Beginning this semester, the College will run trips to the Center every Friday when classes are in session. A van will depart from the Polar Bear statue at 8:30 a.m. and noon, and depart from the Center at 11:30 a.m.and 4:30 p.m. A one-way trip takes about 25 minutes.
Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Coastal Studies Center David Carlon conceived the idea for the shuttle service. 

“Just from my teaching experiences here, I noticed that there were kids who really wanted to come [to the Center] and didn’t have the chance to,” Carlon said in a phone interview with the Orient. “So I just thought we really should provide some kind of opportunity for all kinds of students to come out and use the resource.”

The shuttle service currently uses one 12-passenger van, although the number of vans that will ultimately be used depends on student interest. Carlon hopes the van system will allow more students to visit the Coastal Studies Center and he encourages students to make suggestions about the Center’s facilities. 

“We’ll also listen to people and hear their ideas, what they think about the property, because it is a time [to think] about potential development. So I think now’s the time for people to say what they think and they would like out here,” said Carlon. 

Steve Allen, the assistant director of the Coastal Studies Center, echoed this sentiment. 

“We’d like to see [the Coastal Studies Center] be utilized more by both students and faculty at Bowdoin,” Allen said. “Right now it’s a underutilized area … not everybody from main campus has been out there. I think this will be a good way to start to get more people to get out there and experience what we offer.