Life-Changing Learning in Nature

For High School Juniors and Seniors

You should go!

“I learned what a positive and inclusive community really is, and I gained a much deeper appreciation for the natural world. I pushed myself academically through the small class sizes and hands-on learning.”

10 years later...

“…I am continually discovering new things about myself that I can trace back to Chewonki. It has been a hugely transformational experience, and not just in the short term.”

I was challenged...

“…academically, socially, and my world-view grew. I made lifelong friends who I am still in touch with, and I carry the memories and lessons from my time at Maine Coast Semester with me every day.” 

My semester experience...

“…was formative in my college choice, and my path as an educator. It was one of the single most impactful experiences in my life, and has inspired me to create and build community where I go.”

What's so unique about a Maine Coast Semester experience?

The Coast of Maine is Our Classroom

Over 400 acres on the Maine Coast are yours for inspiration, education, and exploration, whether you’re modeling tidal changes, designing energy-friendly buildings, or hiking our network of trails.

Hands-on and Place-based Academics

With a 3:1 student-faculty ratio, a rigorous curriculum, and the natural world as a laboratory, Maine Coast Semester challenges you to break through classroom walls and not just learn, but do.

Explore and Build Your Leadership Skills

Grow your team leadership skills and learn the essentials of backcountry living and travel. Hike, paddle, ski, and challenge yourself to explore the natural world. 

Sustainable Living and Learning

Put your head, heart, and hands to work growing and harvesting food and caring for livestock on our sustainable, horse-powered working farm. You won’t just learn about the connection between human and natural systems, you’ll live it.

Why Choose Maine Coast Semester?

Maine Coast Semester offers a unique, four-month educational program that takes students out of the traditional classroom and into a hands-on, experiential learning environment. Our program includes backcountry adventures, science field labs, and daily opportunities to learn about sustainable living. Graduates often describe Maine Coast Semester as “the place where I learned how to make a difference in the world.”

Students participate in rigorous and relevant academic classes along with a diverse group of peers and educators from across the country. The natural landscapes of Maine, including rocky shores, salt marshes, boreal forests, and sandy beaches, serve as our classroom. Students become part of a close-knit group, where we work collaboratively on tasks such as farming, wood splitting, and other responsibilities that are crucial to the functioning of the community.

Maine Coast Semester is the perfect choice for students looking for a unique and meaningful educational experience that will prepare them for college and well beyond. With our emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning, you will gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make a positive and lasting impact on the world.

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