About Us

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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Our Story

WinterKids began in 1997 as part of the Ski Maine Association with a Learn to Ski program for fifth graders.  With the increasing rates of childhood obesity and the downward trend in physical fitness in Maine and across the country, there was an opportunity to help children and families enjoy healthy and fun outdoor winter lifestyles while nurturing a connection to the natural environment, at home, at school, and in the communities in which they live.

In 2000, WinterKids became an independent non-profit and continues to develop and expand innovative health education programs for kids in the winter and year-round.

WinterKids App Family Member Laurie Theberge’s Winning 2021/22 Photo Contest Submission, taken at Black Mountain of Maine

Students at Leroy-H.-Smith-School in Winterport, Maine, enjoying a day on the ice as part of the 2022 WinterKids Winter Games Competitive Track

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WinterKids is kid-centered and teacher-approved!

WinterKids is evidence-based and results-driven!

WinterKids is backyards, playgrounds, and mountains!

Our Impact

Our Impact

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

Our Team

Our Team

It takes unique people to grow a small nonprofit with such a large reach. We work hard. We have fun. We laugh a lot. We love winter. And, we love kids!

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of professionals from across the state of Maine, all of whom are passionate about getting more kids outside & active.

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsors & Partners

Media Kit

Media Kit

Logos, images, and more!

WinterKids Warrior Toolkit

WinterKids Warrior Toolkit

WinterKids is committed to providing equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals.  Employment decisions will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities. WinterKids does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, ancestry, veteran status, or mental or physical disability.  As part of our commitment to providing equal employment opportunity, WinterKids will not tolerate any form of unlawful harassment of employees or applicants.

Programming and Events

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

WinterKids Downhill 24

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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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

Get Involved

Get Involved

There are so many different ways to support WinterKids! From donations and volunteering to Clink Bags & Amazon Smile. Learn all the different ways you can help!

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