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Discover Chesapeake Forum

Chesapeake Forum is a cooperative of lifelong learning, with courses planned, run, and led by dedicated volunteer faculty. Chesapeake Forum is open to everyone who wishes to learn, and welcomes anyone willing to listen and discuss a myriad of topics with an open mind and a respectful curiosity for the views of others.

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Our Vision

To make lifelong learning an integral part of Maryland's Eastern Shore culture.

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Our Mission

Chesapeake Forum, an Academy for Lifelong Learning, provides affordable courses and discussions on a wide variety of topics for people of all ages and backgrounds where ideas are shared with civility and mutual respect.


Our Curriculum

With a continuously changing curriculum, Chesapeake Forum offers sessions on current events, science, literature, history, art, music, and writing along with outdoor courses on birding, ecology, and much more. There is also an occasional trip to museums or historic sites.

Chesapeake Forum has a long history as an Academy for Lifelong Learning here on the Eastern Shore 

 We started out at the Maritime Museum simply as an A-L-L in 2001 and in the Fall of 2019 broke off on our own as Chesapeake Forum.  Take a look at the course listing from 2001 to today! It shows both the depth of the courses we have offered over the years, as well as the growth we have experienced as we reach a growing number of Lifelong Learners across the Eastern Shore.

Lynn Randle


Dear Lifelong Learners:
Springtime is for the great outdoors here on the Eastern Shore!  Join us for learning more about Conservation Landscaping, Birds and Birding with seven (!) field trips to amazing locations, a trip to Mt. Cuba to learn more about native plants across the seasons, and a trip to Winterthur to see the Spring blooms.  Don’t forget to sign up early to take the trip out to Poplar Island, so popular we have added two trips to choose from.  We are heading back out to Horn Point to see the famous oyster hatchery and learn from the post-doc students.  I can hardly wait for Mark Mulligan to introduce us to options for cycling, e-biking and hiking on the Eastern Shore.

Talbot County Councilman Pete Lesher will talk with us in May about planning and growth issues facing our beloved rural county and Harriette Lowery joins us this semester with what she has learned about her family’s history in Unionville and the gift of historic preservation.

Have I mentioned FOOD?  We’ll join Chef Enrique “Henry” Miller for a Cinco de Mayo cooking class, and Sal Simoncini for Italian bread making with his wonderful marinara sauce.  Jay Hudson will teach us the ins and outs of roasting coffee beans and savoring the results, and Bill Frost will share how he got started with home wine making.
I can’t wait!  See you in class!
Lynn Randle
President, Chesapeake ForumJoin

you asked, we listened!

We have created an online calendar with every course session shown for your easy reference!  Click the button below to see for yourself! 

(You can also access the calendar easily in the header of our website from anywhere you happen to be.)

Our Library of Course Recordings is available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone wishing to learn

Registration is required to access the course recording links.  Your Registration Confirmation/Receipt from Chesapeake Forum will have the YouTube links for the course session(s).  Check your SPAM folder if you don’t see it immediately after registering.  If you want to be on our mailing list for the Course Offering mailer that goes out prior to each semester, be sure to include your full mailing address when registering.  

Help Support Our Mission and Vision

Your contribution allows Chesapeake Forum to continue connecting Eastern Shore community members by offering affordable courses, discussions, presentations, field trips, and events that encompass diverse topics.   

The Chesapeake Forum Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) charity.  Contributions to the Fund support the lifelong learning program and are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law. 

Donate online below, or mail a check to Chesapeake Forum/MSCF, 102 East Dover St, Easton, MD 21601  

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Become a Faculty Member

Chesapeake Forum welcomes anyone willing to share their knowledge, experience, or passion. If you are interested in leading a Chesapeake Forum course, please complete the online course proposal form via the link provided below.

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