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Alumna Opens Up About “Unfurling Ferns” Multimedia Project

We love catching up with recent alumni, and today we’re sharing news from a really recent alumna, Scarlet Labbé-Watson, one of our 2022-23 Youth Environmental Leader Scholars. Scarlet just returned to Watershed School in Camden, ME, after participating in Maine Coast Semester this fall, and she’s already hard at work on a new project, “Unfurling Ferns: An Exploration of Climate Change through Music and Poetry.”

Best in Snow: Backcountry Expeditions

Maine Coast Semester students just returned from wintry backcountry expeditions – a highlight of the semester experience. Trips visited five locations throughout Maine and New Hampshire, and each brought back a camera full of images documenting their journey. Which is Best is Snow? We’ll let you be the judge.

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Semester Student Stats %

With the Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki application deadline approaching on February 15, we wanted to take a moment to highlight this unique program. Have you ever thought about Maine Coast Semester for a young person in your life but weren’t sure how they’d fit in? Well, we’ve got a few numbers for you.

Outdoor Program Dir. Jen Adams Supplies the Trail Magic

Resupplying our backcountry expeditions is most definitely my favorite summer work task. The process begins when I open the door to Packout, our on-campus trip coordination hub, and I’m hit by the smells of garlic powder, cheddar cheese, plastic bags, white gas, and humans working in the hot sun. Adventure is afoot, and excitement bubbles.

Head of Semester School Lise Goddard on Educating Teens

“Every semester writes its own story.” This is not just a declarative statement, but a piece of oral history and wisdom, something passed on to me when my sons joined Maine Coast Semester 64. A compelling invitation. A unique narrative, an original outcome, a story line that could only be written by these young authors. So much opportunity, space, and agency to shape and weave a narrative.

Glass Animals

*By Megan McOsker, Semester Science Teacher​* When Teal and I dipped a plankton net into Montsweag Brook this November, we weren’t sure what we would find. Teal had chosen to study plankton for their final project in our Natural History and Ecology class but had never done a plankton tow before and I had never sampled the waters off Chewonki Neck in the late autumn.

A Blossoming Naturalist Flowers

*By Greg Shute, Director of North Woods and Coastal Properties​* Observing the natural world has always been at the heart of the Chewonki experience, and I find great satisfaction in passing this vital skill to the next generation at Chewonki’s Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camp, where I am based each summer. So, it was truly exciting when Lulu, a young adventurer visiting with her family this August, flipped the script by making a completely unexpected aquatic observation that surprised even this Debsconeag old-timer.

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