Last Tuesday, Maine Coast Semester welcomed its largest semester ever–46 high school juniors representing 39 schools in 14 states and 3 countries. This talented and diverse group of students will spend the next four months on and around Chewonki Neck, taking a deep dive into placed-based education. They’ll study human ecology, natural history, art, literature, foreign language, sustainability, math, and farm and food systems, all the while exploring Maine on foot and by canoe and kayak.
Students spent much of their first day at our Salt Marsh Farm, getting to know each other while harvesting over 2,000 pounds of squash, potatoes, and beans. The rest of the week included teambuilding exercises and learning the in’s and out’s of the Chewonki campus. Students also got the chance to begin forming their connection to this 400-acre saltwater peninsula as they explored the hiking trails and visited various points along the shoreline.
We are excited for what the fall will bring: wilderness trips across the state, adventures on science field trips and in classrooms, sharing food that students have helped plant, tend, and harvest. We look forward to creating a community bound together by our appreciation for the natural world and thirst for learning. Let this wonderful new semester begin!
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