BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College has been given the green light by the U.S. Department of Education to acquire 259 acres on the west side of Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The land will be conveyed when the base closes next year.

It includes 12 acres for construction of a storage facility and warehouse space; 104 acres for athletic fields, service building, parking and interpretive nature trails; and 143 acres for environmental studies, including a classroom/lab building and parking.

Approval comes more than three years after Bowdoin began working with local officials to determine the appropriate location and boundaries for the land.