Alexis Grillo

Step by Step: Building Anti-Racist Culture at Chewonki

Our entire staff recently participated in an anti-racism training facilitated by Martha Haakmat of Haakmat Consulting and Alissa Schwartz of …

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Alumna Talks Wealth, Class Privilege, and Chewonki

Olivia Woollam, an alumna of Semester 38, is using her class privilege to support the redistribution of power and resources …

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Foggy morning on the farm

A New Year of Learning Begins

Less than one week from today, Chewonki will welcome thirty-four elementary and middle School students to campus for their first …

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Cooking for our Community

Fresh food is central to the Chewonki experience – students and campers help our farm team generate nearly 1/3 of …

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A Safe Return to School

This Friday, our board of trustees approved a plan to reopen our schools for in-person programming this fall. “Health and …

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From Residential to Remote – A Story of Academic Adaptation

The abrupt, nationwide shift to remote learning this spring was more than unexpected, it was stunning. But perhaps we shouldn’t …

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Viral Volunteerism – Young Alumnus Responds to Pandemic

High schoolers who attend Maine Coast Semester are adventurous, hard-working, and community-oriented, and we are often inspired by their work …

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Chewonki Debuts Rooarring New Exhibit in NYC

This past weekend, thousands of visitors at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City had the chance …

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Chewonki Waypoint Harvests Ice in Historic Reenactment

Chewonki Waypoint eighth graders helped mark, saw and convey huge blocks of ice in a historical reenactment of ice harvesting …

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Boatbuilders Expedition: Not your Average Wilderness Trip

Chewonki’s Boatbuilders Expedition is not your average wilderness trip. While after most trips you take home photographs, grains of sand …

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A New Scholarship for Maine’s Future Environmental Leaders

To acknowledge the importance of Maine students and their impact towards leading Maine’s environmental future, we recently launched a new …

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You’ve Got a Friend in ME – Introducing Our New Alumni & Friends Program

I’m excited to announce the launch of Chewonki’s new Alumni & Friends Program. This program will invigorate and centralize Chewonki’s …

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Brushing up on Community

Living at Chewonki for this past month has opened my eyes to all the behind the scenes work that goes …

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Friends, Flannel and Fires: Awwwtumn at Maine Coast Semester

Six weeks into the fall semester, the days have grown short and Chewonki is brilliantly outfitted in gold, orange, red …

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Work Program? More like Fun Program.

I’m from Minneapolis, which is a pretty big city, so living and working on a farm is far from what …

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At the End of Wilderness Trips, What’s Left?

Last Saturday, on September 28th, Semester 63 students returned from their five-day wilderness trips. Vans arriving from all different parts …

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Exactly What a Normal Week Looks Like at Maine Coast Semester

One of the biggest questions on my mind when applying to Maine Coast Semester was what daily life felt like. …

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Semester 63 Doesn’t Waste a Moment!

Exactly four weeks ago, on August 28th, 39 students from 17 states and 34 high schools arrived at Chewonki to …

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Home is Where the Heart is

It’s sort of intimidating to move into a cabin with six other girls for an entire semester. Before coming to …

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Now I’m Sure – Maine Coast Semester was the Best Decision

When I applied to Maine Coast Semester in February, I got my application in minutes before the deadline. After clicking …

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What if… it’s Better than I Expected?

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I first stepped foot on Chewonki Neck. For the past three years, …

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An Actively Passive House

Nearly every day I can hear the sounds of construction if I head towards the farm. Between Pack-Out and Park …

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Out in the Woods by a Crackling Campfire on the Coast

I groaned as alarms blared through the cabin, jolting me from a deep, dreamless sleep. “Is it morning already,” I …

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Merry, Muddy Memories

Last Sunday, the entire semester ran full speed from the dry docks at the waterfront to the mudflats that line …

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