Since 1977, Exploration has been continuously growing, changing, and adapting — all while keeping its core mission in focus:

Exploration Summer Programs creates a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry, responsible decision making and spirited adventure. Led by enthusiastic teachers, our students are encouraged to respect the differences that make us individuals and to find the common ground that makes us a community. At its heart, Exploration inspires students to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of learning.

In this section of our Alumni Website, we highlight recent developments, trends, and stories about Exploration today.


richard steele scholarship fund: students from northern maine attend explo and receive college guidance

The Richard Steele Scholarship Fund gives high school students from northernmost Maine the opportunity to attend the Exploration Senior Program on the campus of Yale University and also offers individual college counseling from an industry professional upon their return home.


poetry, persuasion, and perseverance: an artist-in-residence comes to Explo

As one of Exploration’s inaugural artists-in-residence, Mali spends two full days at the Intermediate Program, co-teaching classes, leading activities with students, running a poetry slam main event, and working with faculty in professional development sessions.


explo spirit day 2010

For the second annual Explo Spirit Day, people from all across the Exploration spectrum -- students, summer faculty, board members, and full-time staff -- took part in the celebration. 


former faculty member helps bring 9/11 victims’ children to explo

After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Scott Schilling [Jr Faculty '97-'99] worked to set up Exploration's 9/11 Scholarship Fund for the children of the attack's victims.


curriculum advisory committee

Exploration has assembled a talented and experienced group of experts from various academic fields and industries for its Curriculum Advisory Committee. The committee helps generate new course ideas for the summer Programs, shape curriculum, and keep Explo on the leading edge of new ideas.


the exploration center

Exploration was looking for a new office building for its year-round headquarters. What it found was a 47,000 square foot printing factory. And a dining room. The Exploration Center, a converted 19th century industrial building, is Exploration's new home for curriculum and collaboration.


welcome letter from 'dell

The former Chair of Exploration's Board of Trustees, Wendall Mitchell [Sr Faculty '81-82, Board '02-Present], invites you reconnect with Exploration. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Exploration Summer Programs, I want to welcome you to the new Explo alumni website.


on curriculum + teaching

A conversation with Barb Trainor, Explo's first full-time Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Among topics Barb discusses: the value of the Exploration model of education, her thoughts on the direction of curriculum development and teaching at our Programs and what she loves about her job.