Alexis Grillo

From Umbagog to Bootcamp: The Path to Becoming a Rescue Pilot

“Chewonki,” says Nate Arnold, “was my first real introduction to leadership, and I’ve been able to carry that all the way through my career.”  Based in Bangor, ME, Arnold is a Supervisory Instructor Pilot for the Maine Army National Guard. His job is to train U.S. Army flight school graduates to become highly skilled helicopter …

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Watch: Mission Centered Design – The Chewonki Eastside Campus

Mission Centered Design – The Chewonki Eastside Campus is a recorded panel discussion featuring Susan T. Rodriguez, Principal at Susan T Rodriguez Architecture | Design, and Timothy Lock, Management Partner at OPAL Architecture. Rodriguez and Lock are the principal architects behind our recent campus expansion. This one-hour video will give attendees an in-depth look at …

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Space to Grow: Chewonki Waypoint Revitalizes Greenhouse

This summer, Chewonki Waypoint Coordinators Austin Muir and Izzy Janzen collaborated with Bath Middle School to transform a neglected greenhouse on the BMS campus into a light-filled outdoor classroom space. The revitalized structure is now available to use by BMS faculty and students for socially distanced outdoor learning. Chewonki Waypoint hopes to use the greenhouse …

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Welcome New Faculty and Fellows

Eight new teachers and fellows joined the Maine Coast Semester and Elementary and Middle School teaching teams in August. Each brings unique talents, deep love of the natural world, and an incredible dedication to nature-based education. Two weeks into the 2020 school year, these characters are deeply enmeshed in life at Chewonki. Please join us …

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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 Solid Fire Consulting. The consulting team specializes in organizational development within a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework. They will be working with us over a multi-year period. During the workshop, faculty and staff learned …

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Recapping a Rollicking Remote Summer

Chewonki Chip Cookies Shelter Building – Creating Your own Space Within Your Place We just wrapped up one of the most irreverent, innovative, and imaginative summers we’ve ever had – the first-ever season of Camp Chewonki@Home. This remote seven-week program featured fun, low-screen activities to connect kids with the natural world at home, and was …

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Hiking the Hundred-Mile Wilderness

Shane Killen has an eye for adventure. A junior at Carnegie Mellon University, he’s spent ten summers at Camp Chewonki for Boys, first as a camper, then cabin counselor, where he earned notice for his vivid photographs of Chewonki wilderness expeditions. When a close friend and roommate (and novice backpacker) expressed interest in exploring Maine …

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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 in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Woollam’s passion for social justice work is buoyed by a firm grasp of her personal values and the ability to build authentic relationships – both of which she …

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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 day of school, and forty-two high school juniors for their first day of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki. We couldn’t be more excited to greet this amazing group of learners next week when they arrive …

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