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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

Spotting Spotted Salamanders

We were in science class, and our teacher had just told us that Big Night might be tonight. Big Night is a night near the end of March when a lot of frogs and salamanders migrate to vernal pools to breed. It’s a wet, warm (for Maine) night and supposedly the weather was going to […]

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In the First Weeks Here

About a month before I went to Chewonki, I was having a lot of doubts. Is this actually something that I can do? Will I even feel like I belong there? I thought. I told myself that it would be foolish not to go, especially when I had been given this opportunity in the midst […]

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Sawing, Splitting, and Other Outdoor Skills

Last Saturday was our first-ever outdoor skills training. Every Saturday we learn new outdoor skills in preparation for Chewonki’s three experience peaks; outdoor leadership weekend, solos, and our backcountry expeditions. This year is also very special because at the end of May, we will be going to the heart of Maine’s North Woods to Fourth […]

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