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WHY CHOOSE MAINE COAST SEMESTER AT CHEWONKI?

Looking back, how many students wish they had spent more time behind a screen? At Maine Coast Semester we take your education outside the traditional classroom with four months of intensive, hands-on learning. With backcountry adventures, science field labs, and daily discoveries in sustainable living, the juniors and seniors who graduate our program often call it “the place I learned how to make a difference in the world”.

Maine Coast Semester is a college-preparatory program for high school juniors and seniors who are ready to take their education to the next level with a four-month, immersive experience studying ecology on the coast of Maine. 

During your semester, you will meet inspiring students and teachers from around the country and dive into real and relevant academic classes. Together, you will explore Maine’s vibrant landscapes: rocky shores, salt marshes, boreal forests, and sandy beaches. You will experience hands-on science field labs, embark on backcountry adventures, and study the art and science of sustainable living. As a member of our close-knit community, you will make friends for life and contribute to the group every day, working on our horse-powered farm, splitting wood for your cabin, or helping in a thousand other ways, great and small. 

And when you return home, ready for college and beyond, you will hold a new sense of who you are and what you can accomplish. At Maine Coast Semester, you will grow, learn, and find your purpose and your place.

THE
COAST OF MAINE

Over 400 unspoiled 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.

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THE
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.

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THE WORLD OUTSIDE

Not every classroom is in a room. You'll learn life-long skills to hike, paddle, camp, and explore the natural world.

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THE
FARM

Put your head, heart, and hands to work growing and harvesting food and caring for livestock on our sustainable, working organic farm. You won’t just learn about sustainability, you’ll live it.

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TO THE POINT

Our student blog

Halloween Hype: Fall Festivities and Fitting in at Chewonki

If the title has not clued you in yet I am very into Halloween, an obsession only exacerbated by the changing seasons. Being from Hawaii and never having experienced a true fall I was more than a little eager to experience the full hype of East coast style Halloween. Walking onto campus I could hardly […]

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How Do You Pet a Sheep: Farm Chores at Chewonki

We’re almost two weeks into the semester and I already know one of the things I’ll miss most: early morning farm chores. My cabin mates might disagree, but nevertheless, we’ve all made it to farm chores every morning for the last week and a half. And I absolutely love it.  Each day, we wake up […]

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68 Moments I’ll Never Forget

68 moments I’ll never forget from Semester 68: Arriving on the very first day and meeting all the staff, including my advisor and cabin parents! Waking up on the second day when our fire went out overnight; it was FREEZING, and no one wanted to get out of bed! Doing Phenology for the first time, […]

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