An Outdoor Classroom on the Gulf of Maine

Sponsored jointly by Waynflete School and Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, Sustainable Ocean Studies is a field-based, adventure filled, community-oriented experience open to students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. Sustainable Ocean Studies blends hands-on learning with adventure as participants do important work on pressing issues related to ocean sustainability.

Sustainable Ocean Studies is a three-week blend of field science and adventure in the Gulf of Maine designed to inspire a new generation of ocean advocates.

Offered through a partnership between Waynflete and Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, SOS is a rigorous and inspiring marine biology summer program focused on promoting ocean health and sustainability.

Through field work and engaging interactions with scientists and coastal community members, SOS provides a fun, empowering, and relevant learning experience that cultivates important skills for academic success after high school. The program challenges participants to make full use of creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills while exploring the ecological and cultural sustainability of the Gulf of Maine.


Gulf of Maine as Classroom and Laboratory

Using the Gulf of Maine as a classroom and a laboratory, participants explore the Gulf and delve deeply into its rich ecology, economics, politics, and culture. Your leaders will be experienced independent school science educators.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Explore the coastal ecosystems of Maine from Portland to Stonington
  • Sea kayak and camp on islands in Penobscot Bay
  • Experience an introductory scuba dive; work with faculty from the University of Maine, School of Marine Science
  • Participate in a variety of field-based experiences
  • Investigate key issues and work with a rich array of teachers, including scientists, conservationists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and those who earn their livelihood from the sea
  • Hone the collaborative leadership, research, and analysis skills necessary for success in college


Download the Sustainable Ocean Studies Brochure


Please contact David Vaughan, Director of Sustainable Ocean Studies

Phone: 207-774-5721 ext 1318

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