Helping kids develop healthy habits in the Outdoors since 2000.

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$787,000 RAISED!

For our 10th Year Anniversary, we added new elements and celebrated in a big way!

11,000+ Reached!

Over 11,000 Students, Teachers, and Families participated in the 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!

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Mobile, Kid-Centered, Teacher-Approved,
Results-Driven, and Award-Winning

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.

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Students, Teachers and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

COVID-19 UPDATE

We are continuing to follow the most recent recommendations and guidance from the State of Maine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in regard to COVID-19. Upcoming programs and events may be restructured, postponed, or canceled for the safety of our WinterKids families.

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How We Make an Impact

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Over 12,000 Students, Teachers, and Families participated in the 5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games!
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YOUR TICKET TO OUTDOOR WINTER FUN!

Find great deals on downhill skiing and riding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice skating, winter clothing, and equipment.

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Looking for ideas to increase physical activity in your classroom or home childcare? Register for our virtual training on the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning binder!
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Our Learn Outside Guide makes it easy for elementary teachers to integrate fun, outdoor activities into their winter lessons– all while meeting education standards.
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Our Areas of Impact

SCHOOLS

Outdoor Fun
MOVE! LEARN! EXPLORE!
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    Virtual Training for Pre-K Educators
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    WinterKids Winter Games (January/February)
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    Coming Soon: WinterKids Learn Outside Guide for Elementary Educators
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    Other Resources for Educators

FAMILIES

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GET OUTSIDE! BE ACTIVE! HAVE FUN!
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    The WinterKids App: Your Ticket to Outdoor Winter Fun!
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    WinterKids Family Days
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    Free, Easy to Implement Activities & Printables
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    The Mike and Barbara Peisner Nordic Fund

COMMUNITIES

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THE SNOWBALL EFFECT!
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    WinterKids Story Walk Available on Loan (All Season)
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    Kids Snowshoes Available on Loan (All Season)
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    Carnaval ME (February)
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING EVENTS
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    License to Chill Silent & Live Auction (November)
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    Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf Mountain (March)
How do you combine a community, school, home, nutrition, exercise, team, kids, parents, teachers, school spirit, awareness, and fun? Participate in WinterKids Winter Games!! Seriously had no idea how amazing this would be and what our community was capable of! The support and Camaraderie is incredible. What a positive experience this has been for our kids and all the parents too!
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Christina Barber
I think the WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning binder is great!! There are so many things that can be done to help get kids moving, yet connect it back to many areas of education as well. ELC is an alternative school for students who just can't seem to work in a public school setting. We generally try to do activities that do get them outside and moving since the kids we work with tend to do better with hands on activities.
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Stephanie Tyler
Early Learning Center, New Hampshire
Because of this competition, my family is now rethinking our snack choices and making healthier ones, our kids and community have formed a wonderful bond coming together for one goal, and you managed to get a Mom, who hates winter and the cold, outside embracing the beauty of Maine having fun with her kids.
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Dayton Consolidated School Mom
It has been inspirational to watch our community unite around a common purpose of healthy, active kids.
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Sarah Maxwell
Assistant Principal / Waldo T. Skillen School
The kids were so excited to go outside and therefore were more engaged in the lesson. It was also a great way for me to get a quick check in on the where the kids were with these skills.
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Kate Moore
Brown Elementary, New Hampshire
We loved our WinterKids materials. The kids had so much fun using the animal track tracker. We spent many afternoons looking for new animal prints.
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Toby Watt
Wee Care Daycare, New Hampshire
We were able to ski affordably and wouldn't have gotten to do this without the app. We also tried ice skating for the first time.
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Celeste Emery, North Yarmouth
We tried cross country skiing for the first time & we all liked it. Lots of fun & a great discount on kids rentals.
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Heike Gondolfo, Scarborough
I had such great opportunities growing up to ski and snowboard in the Maine mountains, so I am glad to give back by reaching out to kids and encouraging them to get outside and participate in healthy winter sports. WinterKids creates those opportunities for kids.
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Seth Wescott
Two-time Olympic champion in the snowboard cross / Winterstick
The WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning has brought so much to our school, not just in ways that keep the children physically active but also in ways to keep them engaged socially and emotionally. Many of the activities are geared to get the children working together and becoming a team, no winners, no losers...just kids having fun.
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Penni Theriault
Kudos to you and this organization for mapping out such a wonderful program for Maine schools. I have been blown away by every aspect of this initiative.
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Christine Bertinet
Principal / Waterboro Elementary School
I am SO thankful for the impact this Winter Kids competition has on our kids. In this short time, the changes in attitudes, physical activity, even the helpfulness of students was very heart-warming.
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School Nurse
Piscataquis Community Elementary School
WinterKids provides an opportunity to directly impact kids so they develop a love for the outdoors and learn how to make good choices about food and lifestyle. That excites me!
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Derrick Hill
WinterKids Board President / Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
Let's just say several parents told me their students were sleeping better at night and at school we've had much less behavior issues this week! Two very big positives for WinterKids Winter Games challenge week #2!!
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C. Ellis
Principal / Miles Lane Elementary
Being a parent and a WinterKids volunteer is a wonderful way to give back, but it also brings it full circle for me. My employer supports WinterKids and encourages my participation which makes it so easy to volunteer! Oh, and don't forget the WinterKids staff, they have FUN written all over them!
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Erin Embrey
WinterKids Volunteer / TD Bank
We love the family days for skiing, the cost savings allows us to ski more each winter.
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New On the WinterKids Blog

Spring Activity Roundup

With spring officially here, it’s the perfect time for families to get out and move. Before you know it, summer will be here with its busy schedules and long, sunny days. Make the most of the spring months by incorporating active learning into your schedule, with these fun outdoor active learning activities

5th Annual WinterKids Winter Games Photos, Results, and More!

Between January 17-February 11, 2022, over 12,000 students, teachers, and families participated in 4 weeks of “Olympic Games” themed WinterKids outdoor learning challenges!

10th Annual WinterKids Downhill 24 Photos, Results, Video & More!

At the 10th Anniversary of the WinterKids Downhill 24, 58 teams, comprised of 467 participants, skied, snowboarded, and skinned Sugarloaf Mountain for 24 hours straight, raising over $785,000 on behalf […]

2022 WinterKids Winter Games Awards Ceremonies

The 5th annual WinterKids Winter Games wrapped up in February with 22 schools competing statewide to win a total of $50,000 for their schools! This year’s 4-week series of challenges […]

Contact Information

Address:
506 Main Street, Suite 10, Westbrook ME 04092
Phone:
207.871.5700
E-mail:
hello@winterkids.org
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