Location & Travel


The Ecology School is close to the luxuries of a bustling city while situated in the peacefulness of the rural country — the school's campus at River Bend Farm offers a scenic experience of Maine's landscape, just twenty minutes from the Maine coast.


The campus is located in Saco, Maine and is 25 minutes from the Portland International Jetport. Amtrak trains arrive daily from Boston to the Saco Transportation Center, and Concord Coach has multiple buses to Portland from Boston daily. Both Uber and Taxis are available from these locations.

The Ecology School is:

  • 90 minutes north of Boston
  • 25 minutes south of the Portland International Jetport
  • 15 minutes from the Saco, Maine Amtrak station
  • 10 minutes from I-95

Address: 184 Simpson Road, Saco, ME, 04072


Maine in Winter

This is Maine's best-kept secret: the adventures and activities of winter. At the RELC Summit you'll have time to hike, cross country ski, toboggan, snowshoe, or just find a cozy place to watch snow fall. The 105-acre property at River Bend Farm holds 3.5 miles of trails, a legendary tobogganing hill, and a campus peacefully nestled among the trees overlooking the Saco River. Field trips will take you down to the ocean for sand beach, salt marsh, and tide pool explorations. The bustling foodie city of Portland, with its amazing brew pubs and restaurants, is just a quick trip up the road! (Portland was named Bon Appetit's 2018 "Restaurant City of the Year"!)

Not from a cold climate? Don't worry, you can still delight in snow and cold weather! We recommend bringing insulating layers (here's a guide on how to dress for cold weather). You don't need expensive gear, though — we'll never be far from civilization, and The Ecology School staff are experts in keeping program participants both safe and comfortable.

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