The MDI Biological Laboratory is located in the coastal village of Salisbury Cove, Maine, on the north shore of Mount Desert Island (MDI).
The largest island off the coast of Maine, MDI is known for its pink granite shoreline, rugged mountains, mossy forests, and exceptional views. Native Americans, European explorers, fishermen, artists, vacationers, and scientists have gathered here for centuries. In addition to MDIBL, the island is home to Acadia National Park, College of the Atlantic, and The Jackson Laboratory.
Recreational opportunities abound on MDI. Acadia National Park offers over one hundred miles of hiking trails and excellent cycling. Coastal islands and craggy shorelines provide superb opportunities for boating and kayaking. In winter, there is snowshoeing, ice skating, and cross-country skiing on the Park's groomed carriage roads.
Salisbury Cove is a village within the town of Bar Harbor, a busy tourist and cruise destination in the summer and fall. Bar Harbor offers excellent restaurants and shopping.
The MDI Biological Laboratory is located on two hundred acres of rural land. Laboratories are concentrated near Star Point, which extends into Frenchman Bay. Cottages for visiting scientists are close by in the woods, along the coast, and on Hamilton Pond.
Our Conference Center is within easy walking distance of the labs. The center consists of Maren Auditorium and Dahlgren Hall, the old Salisbury Cove schoolhouse recognizable by its wooden bell tower.
The Adirondack-style dining facility—the Co-op—is across the road from Maren and Dahlgren.