Admissions Events

Upcoming 2024-2025 Admissions Events

Start:
August 24, 2024 1:00 pm
End:
August 24, 2024 2:30 pm

Join us for a fun and informative afternoon, exploring Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. Meet our admissions team and faculty, tour our beautiful campus, and connect with some of our amazing alumni to learn more about our program. Light refreshments will be provided. 

The open house is from 1:00-2:30pm on Saturday August 24th. All prospective students and their families are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

 
Reach out to Will at wtjeltveit@chewonki.org with any questions!
Start:
August 19, 2024 10:00 am
End:
August 20, 2024 4:00 pm

Unplugged and In-Place: Cultivating Student Success with Place-based Teaching and Learning

Join us on the coast of Maine for two-day professional development symposium designed for teachers and administrators who would like to learn more about place-based education, and how this curriculum design can help improve student engagement, outcomes, and transform student culture.  

Dates & Location:

Monday, August 19 – Tuesday August 20

This symposium will be held at our main campus in Wiscasset, Maine. Chewonki is located on a pristine 400-acre saltwater peninsula with rocky shores, salt marshes, boreal forests, a working farm, miles of hiking trails and much more. Over the course of this event we will explore much of the campus as we examine the role of place and natural systems in our curriculum design. 

Chewonki Foundation
485 Chewonki Neck Road
Wiscasset, Maine 04578

Chewonki Neck in Wiscasset. View on Google Earth.

Schedule of Events:

Monday, August 19

10:00am – 12pm – Arrivals & Check-in
12:00pm – Lunch in the Wallace dining room
1:00pm – Opening community gather with Maine Coast Semester faculty & staff
1:45 – 2:45 – Place-Based Curriculum Workshops Part I

These sessions will explore how our courses incorporate Chewonki Neck and the coast of Maine as learning tools we use in our courses for high school Juniors and Seniors. You will see how our curriculum is relevant to developing student emotional growth and supports our Goals for Graduates. Participants can select from the following course options:

  • Art and the Natural World
  • Teaching US History in Place
  • Energy Systems campus tour
  • Farm and Food Systems
  • Literature and the Land 

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Weaving Intentional Community with Nature as a Partner Part I

We will explore the ways that Maine Coast Semester creates intentional community using the principles of restorative practices.  We will explore how we see the natural world as a partner in this work, and use our cabin life, advising, and solos curriculum to manifest a community built on trust, composed of community co-creators, students and adults alike.  Through this time together we’ll explore the approach and tools for: 

  • Creating a container with community expectations and rules for the community to grow and thrive
  • Mending that container when it cracks as rules and expectations are pressed up against
  • Tending the contents of the container – the soup!
    • Connecting across difference with cabin, AAI and school meeting  
    • Backcountry skills and solos curriculum

4:15pm – 6:00pmOptional Activities

  • Free time before dinner
  • Trail run
  • Nature walk to the tip of the peninsula
  • Visit the farm

6:00pm – Dinner

Tuesday, August 20th

7:00am – Optional Polar Bear Plunge at the waterfront
7:30am – breakfast
8:45am – 9:00am Morning Meeting at the campfire circle
9:30 – 10:30 Weaving Community with Restorative Practice Part II
10:30 – 11:45 Place-Based Curriculum Workshops Part II: 

  • Art and the Natural World
  • Teaching US History in Place
  • Energy Systems campus tour
  • Farm and Food Systems
  • Literature and the Land example class

12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – 3pm – Field Lab Excursion (Pemaquid Point or Reid St. Park depending on weather and tides)
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Free time
6:00pm – Formal program ends. Participants are welcome depart, or, to stay Tuesday night and depart the following morning. There will be the opportunity to join a group for a dinner out on Tuesday evening to a local area restaurant. 

Wednesday, August 21st:

10:00am – Departure

Hosts:

Sarah Rebick

Co-Director, Dean of Academics

Julie barnes

Co-Director, Dean of Students

Accommodations:

Participants are welcome to stay on site in one of our cabins at no additional charge, or you are welcome to book your own local accommodation. Wiscasset has several hotel, motel, and Airbnb options nearby.  Each cabin will host a group of 4-6 participants. 

Registration Fee:

Attendees will be charged a $100 participation fee. Many schools are willing to fund this type of professional development opportunity, please check with your supervisor or HR representative. 

How to Register:

Please follow this link to register, or click the RSVP for this Event button below. 
Registration Deadline: August 1, 2024!

Start:
October 26, 2024 1:00 pm
End:
October 26, 2024 9:30 pm

Pack up your dancing shoes, grab your loved ones, and join us on the stunning coast of Maine this October for a day of rustic fun and celebration! Chewonki Homecoming is a special one-day event bringing together alumni from all programs to relive memories and make new ones. We’re opening our gorgeous coastal campus to old friends starting in the afternoon for nature walks, family-friendly activities, and a volunteer work project. The evening includes a farm-fresh harvest dinner and traditional contra dance with an experienced caller. 

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