Building a Community of Lifelong Learning

Live. Learn. Share.

Winter Course Sneak Peek!

Registration Opens January 3rd

you asked, we listened!

Chesapeake Forum will be back in the classroom this Winter Semester with HYBRID teaching- in-person at the Easton YMCA, ZOOM or Recording- Your Choice!

Discover Chesapeake Forum

Chesapeake Forum is an intellectual 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.

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 Vision

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

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.


Dear Lifelong Learners,

We are excited to bring a new Fall Semester to life for you!

We have 24 courses that have been put together by new instructors to Chesapeake Forum as well as returning favorites. Registration opens on Monday, August 23, at 7am. Be sure to register early as course enrollment is limited on many of these courses.

This Fall, you will find courses on everything from lessons in Chesapeake Bay sustainability to fortifying your online security, and much more, including a fun look at Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a public service presentation on stroke and aphasia recovery, and for the 1st time ever – our tribute to getting back together in person – a holiday wine pairing dinner!

With so much insecurity regarding future policies under COVID, we have opted for a mix of Zoom, Recordings and (drumroll please…) LIVE on location courses for this Semester. Expect Hybrid courses that add in-person teaching next Semester.

Our thanks go out to some of our community supporters who have graciously offered their facilities for courses that have always been popular. Because of them, we will see our friends live this Semester at Snifters, Robin’s Nest, Jason’s Computers, Pickering Creek and the Midshore Foundation. We LOVE being able to give back to our community businesses and organizations!

Oh – last but not least! We outgrew our old website platform, and thanks to the crafty consulting of Sally Moore, have created a new design that offers much greater functionality. I hope you like it as much as I do! So go ahead. Click on Fall Courses 2021 and have fun exploring all the wonderful work our instructors have done this past year!

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions, and to those of you who participated in the annual survey, a big thank you for taking the time. We will tell you about the results in the October newsletter.

Lynn Randle
President, Chesapeake Forum


Help Support Our Mission and Vision

Your contribution allows Chesapeake Forum to continue offering affordable courses, discussions, presentations, field trips, and events that encompass diverse topics.  

Please designate your gift to the Chesapeake Forum Fund. 

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.   


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.

Subscribe to Chesapeake Forum