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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Environment, Environmental Education, Literacy, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Chewonki serves people of all ages throughout the year. The living is simple and our communities are always small. We teach and learn in settings that take advantage of indoor and outdoor classrooms, the woods and water of Maine and beyond, as well as the land and buildings of our 400 acre campus.

Target demographics: Students from K-12, adults, families, active senior citizens.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 young people have an educational experience that taught them about the natural world.

Geographic areas served: Maine, New England, United States, Abroad

Programs: a semester school for high school juniors, summer camp programs for boys and girls, wilderness trips for teenagers, outdoor classroom programs for school groups, traveling natural history programs.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at Chewonki and my brothers did trips and were campers there. It has changed the way we all think about the world and our place in it. My favorite part of Chewonki is the summer camp. It is amazing to see the creativity and energy kids exhibit when they are away from their computers, i-pods, cell phones, etc. If we want to make this world better we need to start teaching kids how to live low-impact lifestyles at a young age and Chewonki does this in a fun, interesting way. On a more personal note, Chewonki has introduced me to some of the most amazing people I have ever met and I continue to be close friends with many of those I met at Chewonki.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at Chewonki for a number of summers and my brothers attended the summer camp there. It has changed our outlook immensely, especially in terms of how we view the world around us. Chewonki teaches us that we can live simply and happily with very little negative impact on the environment. My favorite part of Chewonki is the summer camp. Immersing kids in the outdoors and taking them away from their computers, i-pods, Nintendo, etc. is becoming increasingly important. If we want to make this world better we need to start teaching kids how to live low-impact lifestyles at a young age and Chewonki does this in a fun, interesting way.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Chewonki. I worked for 3 years on the Environmental Education staff and 3 more leading wilderness trips for the summer camp. I have worked for many other schools and organizations and few have had the forward-thinking educational integrity that Chewonki has. It was a marvelous workplace and I refer back to what I learned there frequently in my science-teaching career.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chewonki is doing amazing work. Their commitment to educating people in the outdoors in unmatched in the field. Never one to shy away from new ideas, Chewonki is an innovator in renewable energy and wilderness travel.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked at Chewonki for five summers and during the year, too, which gave me ample opportunity to be a first-hand witness to the life changing moments that both children and adults experience at Chewonki, whether braving rapids in a canoe on the Moose River or steering a boat through a fog bank on the Maine Coast, or getting down and dirty on the organic Salt Marsh farm and helping bring local food to our table--only 800 feet away or so! It's amazing to see how much the boys learn at summer camp--they build solar-powered battery chargers, learn the difference between compost and slop, practice sustainability on their wilderness trips, learn about animals in Maine up close through Outreach programs, and generally become caught up in the spirit of generosity towards people and the Earth so essential to Chewonki's core mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience at Chewonki as a high school student was the most formative time of my life thus far. Everything that I have done since has been at least in part driven by the interests and passions that Chewonki helped me to uncover. My dedication to sustainable living and my career in environmental stewardship and conservation are both the result of the model that Chewonki set for me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I went to Chewonki as the math teacher in the first year of the Maine Coast Semester, the semester long, academic program for high school juniors. I had a good deal of experience in teaching and outdoor activities, but not much environmental knowledge. I became very aware of man aspects of the environment such as global warming- this was in 1987-solid waste management, wood lot management, farm management and such. Especially, I saw the impact that this kind of program had on the students, making them aware of the environment and willing to do something to instigate changes in behavior after they returned home. I have kept in touch with many of those students over the years and find that the feel that MCS was a defining point in their education. Although I am no longer working at Chewonki- I am over 80- I return regularly to visit and keep in touch with what is going on there. All of the programs seem to have a similar impact on the students. I have a granddaughter returning for the second year as a girl's camper. I loved my experience a Chewonki and have tried to follow through with teaching others what I learned there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Chewonki Foundation is truly a special organization, and one that has greatly impacted me personally and professionally. As a beginning teacher many years ago, I first experienced Chewonki for a week long environmental education teacher workshop. The experienced and passionate instructors from Chewonki instilled in me a deeper appreciation of the natural world, which I transferred repeatedly to my students over the years. The Chewonki mission of sustainability and earth stewardship is more than lip service. Through environmental outreach, bringing students to Chewonki, wilderness experiences for girls and boys, and promotion of environmental education in general, Chewonki is recognized as a leader internationally in the field of earth stewardship. I am a life long teacher of geography, human and physical, and my long standing relationship with Chewonki has enhanced all I do with students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Chewonki Foundation is an absolutely dedicated Environmental Edcation and Green Machine. They Walk the Walk, and Talk the talk, sponsoring community involvement and environmental awareness in all the programs they run and in all that they do.