From the Chair’s Office
Dear friends of Chewonki:
Many who are introduced to Chewonki as children come back for another program as young adults and then later in life. “Life changing” is a phrase Chewonki alums often use to describe their experience, including my own daughter who spent the fall of her 11th grade year at the Semester School. If you are exploring Chewonki for the first time, I hope you see a program that strikes your fancy and that you want to learn more about. If you know Chewonki well, I hope you see ample evidence of continued extraordinary opportunities that mirror those you enjoyed.
This website amply demonstrates the range of exciting opportunities Chewonki provides for enjoyment of the natural world and for personal growth. Chewonki provides something extraordinary for a person of almost any age. If you are eight years old, you will enjoy Camp for Boys; if you are ten, you will enjoy Adventures for Girls; if you are any age, you will enjoy one of the Wilderness Vacations for Adults and Families. Chewonki programs take place all 12 months of the year. Many take place on the 400 beautiful acres of Chewonki Neck, while others are held at our remote sites at Big Eddy or in the Debsconeag Lake region or as far away as Northern Quebec. The common themes of the programs, as stated in the mission, are inspiring transformative growth, teaching appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenging people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives.
Generations ago, a young naturalist named Roger Tory Peterson taught nature at Chewonki and his ornithological work sprung in part from his years at what was then a saltwater camp for boys. Today, Peterson is credited for increasing the enjoyment of the outdoors for millions of people worldwide. Chewonki’s contemporary efforts to continue that heritage have resulted in much statewide recognition, including a 2012 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. As Chewonki nears its 100th birthday, we are as committed as ever to providing enrichment as well as enjoyment, whether the program lasts an afternoon or for four months. We also remain committed to contributing positively and substantially to the local, state, and national dialogue about environmental education.
Board of Trustees