Summit logo: on the left, a green circle contains an illustration of mountains in the background and a stream leading up to them. Pine trees project up on the left side of the logo. On the right, the text: ANCA Summit 2023 / Community Solutions: The Maine Coast Summit / August 21-25 at The Ecology School in Saco, Maine.

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 20 minutes from the Maine coast. Portland is about a 30-minute drive from The Ecology School.

Nearby Travel Hubs

 Portland Portland International Jetport (25-min drive to The Ecology School)
Saco Transportation Center (Amtrak Station) (15 min)
 Boston Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (90 min)
Boston Logan International Airport (105 min)

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.

More About Maine

Want to explore more of the Pine Tree State outside of the Summit? From its rocky coastline to its lush forests, Maine offers offers endless opportunities to explore and unwind. Below are a few highlights, but you can also check out Visit Maine's website to learn more about all the possibilities.


Portland is a picturesque coastal city, filled with history, culture, and stunning scenery. We'll have a few opportunities to visit Portland during the Summit — including a Field Trip curated by The Ecology School staff — but you may want to stay a few days before or after the Summit. The city offers a variety of cultural experiences, unique restaurants, and waterfront activities.


This charming coastal town offers picturesque views, historic architecture, and a quaint atmosphere. Famous for its welcoming beaches, Kennebunkport is just over 30 minutes from The Ecology School.

Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor

Acadia National Park is a renowned destination for good reason — the park features a wide variety of ecological habitats and scenic experiences, including Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the US eastern coast. The town of Bar Harbor borders the park and offers easy access to trails while providing cultural amenities such as museums and live music.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and is a good choice if you're seeking an inland experience. The mountain is the third-highest peak in Maine, and while it's famous for skiing opportunities in winter, it also offers hiking, mountain biking, and zipline experiences in the warmer months.

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