Helping kids develop healthy habits in the Outdoors since 2000.

Photo courtesy of WinterKids App Family Member, Jasmin Robinson

ATTN: MAINE EDUCATORS!

Apply to compete in the WinterKids Winter Games Competitive Track!

Applications are due at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 23!

My Wild Winter WinterKids Winter Games 2023
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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!
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How We Make an Impact

We have an exciting calendar full of events and programs coming together for the winter 2022/23 season! Learn more about WinterKids programming, and explore our full list of upcoming events, including WinterKids Family Days, community events, and more!

WinterKids Learn Outside Guide

The WinterKids App

WinterKids Family Days

Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund

WinterKids' Welcome to Winter

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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.

Photo courtesy of WinterKids App Family Member, Sarah Szczesniak

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Our Areas of Impact

SCHOOLS

Outdoor Fun
MOVE! LEARN! EXPLORE!
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    WinterKids Winter Games
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    Learn Outside Guide for Elementary & Early Childhood
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    Traveling StoryWalk Loans
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    Snowshoe Loans
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    Free outdoor learning activity ideas and printables

FAMILIES

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GET OUTSIDE! BE ACTIVE! HAVE FUN!
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    The WinterKids App
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    WinterKids Family Days
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    Welcome To Winter at Lost Valley
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    Free outdoor learning activity ideas and printables

COMMUNITIES

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THE SNOWBALL EFFECT!
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    Downhill 24 Outdoor Fund
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    License to Chill (Silent & Live Auction)
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    Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf (Community Fundraising Event)
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    Traveling StoryWalk Loans
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    Snowshoe Loans
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    Peisner Nordic Fund
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
We love the family days for skiing, the cost savings allows us to ski more each winter.
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Anonymous
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Photo courtesy of Pine Street Elementary, in Presque Isle, Maine, during the closing ceremonies of the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games

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Upcoming Events

Oct 2022
01 October 2022

2022 Maine Ski Swaps

If your kids seem to outgrow things by the second, you're not alone! SKI SWAPS ARE BACK across the state of Maine to help ease the burden on your wallet! We will do our best to keep this list up to date as they are confirmed this year. If your organization is hosting a ski swap, or if you know of an organization that is, and they are not yet listed below, we invite you to submit the info using the form at the bottom of this page.

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15 October 2022

WinterKids App 2022 Membership Launch

NEW 2022-23 FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS ARE COMING OCTOBER 15!

We want all Maine and New Hampshire families to build a better winter! That is why the WinterKids App is your connection to the great outdoors.

Annual family memberships will be priced at $40 and will cover a family of five.

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19 October 2022
Lost Valley Brewing, 200 Lost Valley Road
Auburn, Maine 04210 United States
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WinterKids Benefit at Lost Valley Brewing Company’s Brewpub

Join us for a WinterKids benefit at Lost Valley Brewing's brewpub in Auburn, Maine, on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. 20% of all food sales will benefit WinterKids!

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New On the WinterKids Blog

Contact Information

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

Photo courtesy of Leroy H. Smith School, in Winterport, Maine, during the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games

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