1. You’ll Dig Deeper, Work Harder and Make Meaningful Connections
At Chewonki, you’ll be encouraged to produce top-quality academic work, and to think broadly about the value, importance, and meaning of your education.
2. You’ll Explore the Spectacular Maine Coast
Chewonki is situated amidst one of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes and diverse ecosystems. During Maine Coast Semester, you’ll bring your knowledge beyond the classroom as you sea kayak to Hungry Island, head out on a lobster boat, go snowshoeing across a frozen lake, or explore the eastern border of Maine by canoe.
3. You’ll Get Your Hands Dirty
Through growing and eating our own food, we strive to have a complete relationship with the land. Our small, diversified, Salt Marsh Farm is an essential part of the rhythm of semester days.
4. You’ll Learn to Live Sustainably
You’ll not only learn about sustainability, you’ll live it every day. You’ll split the wood that heats your cabin, install solar panels, turn compost, and care for the animals that work for and feed us. You’ll join in thoughtful dialogue about how each of us impacts the natural environment, and how we can work toward meaningful change through advocacy and example.
5. You’ll Develop an Appreciation for the Interconnectedness of the World
Weekly science field trips bring students to rocky intertidal zones, sandy shores, salt marshes, freshwater marshes, ponds, streams, bogs, and forests, where we study systems ecology at each site. These trips reveal the beauty, complexity and interdependency of the world we often take for granted–the one at our fingertips.
6. You’ll Build Tenacious, Enduring Friendships
Each semester, students from around the country come together at Chewonki to form a small, intimate community based on a shared love of learning, adventure and the outdoors. You’ll learn to live and work together, to communicate honestly, to be sensitive and generous in spirit. Friendships made during Maine Coast Semester are often for a lifetime.
7. You’ll Tackle the Wilderness
You’ll learn how to pack light, stay warm, dry and comfortable, even when home is a 4-day snowshoe, hike or paddle away. You’ll push yourself mentally and physically, and be rewarded by awesome, first-hand experiences of Maine’s wild areas.
8. You’ll Explore Topics of Deep, Personal Interest
The Human Ecology Capstone project will give you the opportunity to explore a topic of individual interest, come to understand it in a holistic way, and present a viable course of action. You’ll choose a personally relevant topic that is place-based and explores the relationships between humans and the natural world.
9. You’ll Experience Transformational Growth
You’ll have the opportunity to step outside the world you’ve grown up in, to push yourself intellectually and challenge yourself to live sustainably. You’ll be empowered to lead, creatively solve problems and make ethical decisions. You’ll expand your world, your mind and your limits.
10. You’ll Prepare Yourself for a Meaningful College Experience and Life Beyond . . .
We will work with you to begin the college application process through a college counseling weekend, local college visits and by offering standardized tests. You’ll be empowered to take ownership of your own education, and to be build thriving, sustainable communities throughout your life.