Chewonki Foundation

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The Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki Foundation logo.jpeg
Foundation logo showing the osprey mascot
Formation 1915 (1915)
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Wiscasset, Maine, United States
Coordinates 43°57′0″N 70°42′10″W / 43.95000°N 70.70278°W / 43.95000; -70.70278Coordinates: 43°57′0″N 70°42′10″W / 43.95000°N 70.70278°W / 43.95000; -70.70278
Services Educational programs

The Chewonki Foundation is a non-profit institution in Wiscasset, Maine, that runs educational programs with an environmental focus.


The main buildings of the Chewonki Foundation. The fields are part of the organic farm.

Founded in 1915 as a summer camp for boys, the Foundation now runs a four-month high school program—Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, boys and girls summer camp programs, wilderness trips for teenagers and families, an organic farm, traveling natural history programs where non-releasable wildlife are brought to schools and libraries, as well as week-long environmental education programs for school groups around New England. Willard Morgan is the President of the foundation, Garth Altenburg is the Director of the boys summer camp, Emma Mabel-Carlson is the Director of summer wilderness programs, Greg Shute is the Director of Wilderness Programs, Lisa Packard is the Director for the Outdoor Classroom, Emma Balazs is the Director for the Traveling Natural History Program, Susan Adams is in charge of the Big Eddy Campground, and Peter Sniffen is head of the Semester School.

The Chewonki Foundation is located on a 400-acre (1.6 km2) peninsula between Westport Island and the town of Woolwich. The peninsula protrudes into Montsweag Bay. The foundation is also a steward of the former Debsconeag Lake camps on Fourth Debsconeag lake, and the owners of the public Big Eddy Campground off the Golden Road. With their off site program specific properties, Chewonki took possession of several islands in Mid-Coast Maine to keep them available for public access.[1]


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