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WHY CHOOSE MAINE COAST SEMESTER AT CHEWONKI?

Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki provides ambitious high school juniors the opportunity to hone their critical thinking through the immersive scientific study of coastal ecology, place-based curriculum, and liberal arts. Our students develop a robust set of outdoor skills that build character and confidence that heightens their appreciation for the natural world.

For over 30 years, Maine Coast Semester students have gone on to achieve success in college and beyond as independent thinkers with broad perspectives enabling them to make an impact through thoughtful collaboration and leadership in our complex world.

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

Scrubbing, Spraying, Sanitizing, and Sorting… Dish Crew!

Each Tuesday night and Sunday morning, my cabin mates from Gordy and I turn on our speaker to maximum volume in the dish room and start scrubbing. After every breakfast and dinner, a cabin is designated to be on dish crew. Dish crew consists of cleaning all the dishes, silverware, cooking supplies, and serving dishes. […]

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Solos: A List of Activities for Savoring Solitude

You may be wondering: What are some of the things people spend their solos doing? There is no correct way to spend your solo, it is your time. While some people spend their time being introspective, others spend the whole time sleeping. I never found myself bored. The following are some of the things I […]

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A Mid-November Saturday Well Spent

My Saturday started off bright and early at 6:10 for farm chores. It was very misty and foggy as the sun started to rise over the dew-covered gardens and pastures. Completing the various tasks we were set (mine was feeding and mucking the cows) around 7:10, the sun shed angelic beams through the trees, illuminating […]

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