Category: education and research
Goals: Tanglewood is an educational program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension that features summer camp and school programs for youth, and workshops for adults. Our mission is to teach Maine youth and adults to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and nature-based experiences.
Summer camp, school programs, and adult programs are available on two separate camps. Summer youth programs include residential summer camp for 8-14 year olds, Discovery Trip for 10-18, and Day Camp for 6-8 year olds in Lincolnville and Day Camp for 6-10 year olds and Discovery Trips for 10-18 in the Tenants Harbor camp, Blueberry Cove. These programs provide a variety of fun-filled learning experiences through which young people develop lifelong skills, a sense of community spirit and an awareness of their connection to the natural world. Discovery Youth Programs are outdoor exploration and leadership programs for youth ages 10-17. Discovery programs are designed to immerse youth in beautiful outdoor places in Maine under the guidance of a skilled, caring adult counselor. Programs include “Living with the Earth,” “Ducktrap Exploration,” “Farm Living,” “Island and Sea Exploration,” “Appalachian Trail Expedition,” and Leadership I and II. Youth are provided with hands-on opportunities to learn skills in leadership, ecological study, low-impact camping, group living, and self-sufficiency. Day camp at Blueberry Cove offers fun activities with marine science, creative arts, music, and opportunities to learn sailing. Discovery trips at Blueberry Cove include “Blueberry Cove Adventure” and “Island and Sea Exploration,” and involve saltwater living themes. The 4-H Earth Connections School programs in the winter, spring and fall offer day and overnight experiences for grades K-8. These programs are organized around the six guiding Learning Results Principles of the State of Maine including clear and effective communications, self-directed lifelong learning, problem-solving, responsible citizenry, collaboration and integrative thinking. Programs highlight various environmental concepts including marine, forests, watershed, woodlot, freshwater ecology, communication and group building. Adult and family opportunities include the Yankee Woodlot Forestry Camp, Coverts Project in Maine: a Wildlife Workshop, Elderhostel, and seasonal walks.
The Lincolnville camp overlooks the Ducktrap River and is situated on 830 acres of a beautiful, secluded, forested section of the Camden Hills State Park. The facility, which was constructed as a national recreation area in the 1930s by the CCC, consists of 45 rustic wood frame buildings including dining hall and kitchen, nature center, classrooms, sleeping cabins, wash buildings, and playing fields. Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor is a seaside camp first established in 1949, and has undergone major renovations recently. Trails lead through the forested 25-acre site to the harbor and ocean access. Hiking and cross-country ski trails in the Lincolnville camp lead from the camp along water courses and through woodlands. Nearby mountain tops offer spectacular vistas of Penobscot Bay and its islands. Tanglewood is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Tanglewood Camp and Learning Center, Inc.
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