Alexis Grillo

Chewonki Educator Rescues, Rehabilitates Stranded Seals

On a cold, windy day earlier this year a small crowd watched curiously as Chewonki Science Educator Jessica Woodend, along with her husband, struggled to lift a seventy-pound harp seal into a large crate. Earlier, a passerby had noticed the seal alone and dehydrated, prompting a call to the Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) response …

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Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner FoundationHighlights Chewonki Waypoint

This video was filmed and produced in 2019 by MEDIA LOMA in partnership with the Emanuel and Pauline A. Lerner Foundation. It is part of a long-term documentary project profiling the six unique youth-development programs within the Lerner Foundation’s Aspirations Incubator. This production spanned the entire state of Maine, documenting and advocating for long-term mentorship and post-secondary aspirations.

Chewonki Waypoint works with the local school district to support youth within the community via outdoor education and relationship-focused mentoring.

Director’s Cut | 2021

🎥 Watch “The Route of It,” Featuring Greg Shute

The Route of It: Reflecting on People, Place, Wildlife and Environmental Change in Remote Landscapes Originally Recorded on Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 pm est Watch the Recording Join Greg Shute, Vice President for Lands and Waters, in conversation with Willard Morgan, for a campfire-style chat highlighting Greg’s 37 years leading Chewonki trips. Greg will share …

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Agriculture: A Girl Culture? Studying Female Farmers in Morocco

“When we think about improving food systems, workers often get sidelined,” says Tasnim Elboute. “I want to narrate the lives of those at the center of food production.” In her native Morocco, these are most often the stories of economically precarious women and girls.  An alumna of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki (semester 48), Elboute …

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Camp Leader Honored With Golden Lens Award

A huge congratulations to Emmy Held, winner of the American Camping Association (ACA) 2021 Golden Lens Award. The award recognizes exceptional photographs that illustrate the camp experience. The ACA chose Held’s photo from hundreds of entries and plans to publish it on the cover of their May/June 2021 issues of Camping Magazine. Held has been …

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Whitewater Wanderer Follows The Flow

“When you’re on the river, problems go away,” says Tom Shwartz, a former Chewonki camper, tripper, and leader. Shwartz was introduced to whitewater kayaking during our Umbagog leadership expedition in 2011. Since then, he’s pursued his passion for rapids all over the Americas, including Oregon, Idaho, and Patagonia, Chile. “The river is always home,” Shwartz …

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From Polyps to Policy: A Marine Biologist Finds Her Niche in D.C.

“There need to be more scientists working on policy,” says Lauren Linsmayer. “We are analytical thinkers who do things in methodical ways.”  Linsmayer is an alumna of Maine Coast Semester 35 and a staff member to the United States House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Her Ph.D. research on coral metabolism recently appeared in Scientific …

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