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ABOUT WINTERKIDS

WinterKids helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. We create opportunities for children to be active, vibrant and healthy in the outdoors.
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It’s an amazing program that you run, and we are proud to be associated with it. THANK YOU for the incredible honor!

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Johnny Boudreau

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

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

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 provides such an invaluable opportunity. I am forever grateful for their work ensuring that so many Maine kids have a chance to stay active and healthy through the winter.

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Ethan Strimling
Mayor / Portland, Maine

WinterKids passport helped me to start skiing, which is an activity I still love to do today, and I hope the Passport still continues to help kids like me in Maine do what they love!

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Sabie Lindsay
WinterKid Alumni

Being a Passport holder gave me access to a whole world of winter activities I didn’t know were possible.

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Bailey Sullivan
WinterKid Alumni

JOIN WINTERKIDS AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS!

WinterKids FY2020 Key Event Timeline

  • Shop Amazon Smile to Benefit WinterKids!

    November 17, 2019

  • 2019 Maine Ski Swaps

    November 18, 2019 to November 30, 2019

  • L.L. Bean Northern Lights Festival

    November 22, 2019

  • Fire on the Mountain 30th Anniversary Party

    November 22, 2019

  • Tap Takeover with Oxbow Brewing

    December 8, 2019

  • WinterKids Family Day With Salt Pump Climbing

    December 14, 2019

  • WinterKids Winter Games

    January 6, 2020

  • WinterKids Family Day With Camden Snow Bowl

    January 12, 2020

  • Welcome to Winter

    January 18, 2020

  • WinterKids Family Day With Titcomb Mountain

    January 20, 2020

  • WinterKids Family Day With Mt Abram

    January 26, 2020

  • WinterKids Family Day With The Rink at Thompson’s Point

    February 7, 2020

  • WinterKids Family Day With the Maine Mariners

    March 1, 2020

  • 8th Annual Downhill 24 at Sugarloaf

    March 6, 2020

WINTERKIDS IN THE NEWS

By Team WinterKids  /  February 13, 2019

Swan’s Island Students Make Most of Winter

via Mount Desert Islander

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WinterKids has helped over 100,000 Maine children to be active outdoors in the winter through unique education programs statewide.
Winter is Fun
  • SaturYAY!!! Let's get out there and play!⁣⁣
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  • It's going to be a beautiful, sunny weekend here in Maine! If you're excited to get outside, here's an activity the whole family can have fun with together: Itentifying Nature Patterns!
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BONUS: nothing to buy or pay for. You just need to let their curiosity run wild...⁣We've just published a new article that explains how to give this activity a try. Just click the link in our bio!
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  • Make memories, meet fun new people, and help us get kids outside and active this winter!⁣⁣
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⁣Click the link in our bio and look for the “VOLUNTEER” option to learn how you can make a difference volunteering for WinterKids!⁣⁣
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  • 📚Our choice for kids' book of the month, great for ages: preschool through 2nd grade.⁣
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Follow along on the adventure as a young girl goes on an autumn hike with her family. Throughout the story, the main character describes every step of her experience – from preparing for her hike, to selecting a trail on the map, to observing terrain changes, to reaching the summit, spotting animals along the way. This simple and sweet story would be fantastic to read before taking children on their first hike, or to open a discussion about their experiences while hiking- to practice making “text-to-self connections”, and elementary teachers- it is a great example for personal narrative writing!⁣
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If you're interested in seeing our other choices for great reads this time of year, click the link in our bio and head over to our blog!⁣
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  • Our Family Day series is just one of the many perks for #WinterKidsApp members, and we've just announced another great one on Sunday, January 26 with @mtabramskiarea! This will be a really fun day, with free & discounted lift tickets for the entire family!⁣
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If you don't have a WinterKids App membership yet, you can learn more and sign up⁣
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  • THANK YOU WinterKids friends and supporters! You helped us make our 2018-2019 year one of the best yet! We launched our WinterKids App for mobile phones to help more kids try new winter sports, doubled the number of schools and students who participated in the WinterKids Winter Games, and hosted families at over 40 winter events in Maine and New Hampshire. Thank you for making winter more fun and accessible for over 22,000 children! Our newly released annual report shares all the details of the impact we've made together. You can find it via the link in our bio!⁣
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Now, it's time for us to ask you to help make a difference again this 2019-2020 season. Here are two ways you can help (links for both are in our bio):⁣
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1) DONATE TODAY: at winterkids.org/donate-fund. When you make a tax deductible donation to the WinterKids fund, you are supporting effective, evidence-based solutions to reducing childhood obesity and the loss of connection to the natural environment. Your contribution is much more than charity: it's an investment in the future of our children and outdoor heritage.⁣
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2) VOLUNTEER: join the fun, make new friends, and feel great knowing you've made a difference. Your time is an excellent investment in the future of our children!⁣
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⁣❝Maine is a joy in the summer. But the soul of Maine is more apparent in the winter.❞⁣⁣⁣⁣
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  • OH YEAH! Our 8th annual WinterKids License to Chill is on the books, and we smashed our fundraising goal of $30K by raising a whopping $37,914!⁣⁣
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⁣Here are just a few photos, courtesy of @wjfoxphoto. Many more to come!⁣⁣
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⁣We are so grateful for the support of our partners, everyone who donated to our live and silent auction, all of the volunteers who came out to help things run smoothly, our board of directors, our gracious host @portlandhouseofmusic, our event Emcees @ShannonKBryan & @BlakeHayes, and most of all, each and every one of you who attended. Thanks to you, our fundraising efforts for the season are off to a great start!⁣⁣
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⁣Thank you, thank you, thank you!⁣⁣
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⁣❉ Presenting Sponsor: The Thomas Agency⁣
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⁣❉ Snowman Sponsors: Acadia Insurance, Diversified Communications, @familysportandspine, @kitterytradingpost, @neculoveyourcommunity, @otfportland, @otfsouthportland, @ptc_inc⁣
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⁣❉ Snowball Sponsors: @chalmersgroup, checksforless.com, @revisionsolar, The Swanson Group, @yelpmaine⁣
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⁣❉ Food, Beverage & Parking Partners:⁣
⁣@allagashbrewing, @bwwings, @mainelymacarons, @missportlanddiner, @portlandpieco, Absolut, The Glenlivet, Jameson, and MHR Management. ⁣
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