Special Programs

Michael & Barbara Peisner Nordic Fund

Established in 2013, The Michael & Barbara Peisner Nordic Fund helps children in greater Portland learn to cross-country ski.  Mike was a member of the WinterKids Board of Directors for 7 years and served multiple roles on the board including 2 years as President. The Peisners are avid winter enthusiasts and firmly believe in connecting kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to try winter sports, recreation, and competition.

Through a collaboration with Portland Nordic and Portland Recreation, the Fund supports up to 10 children each year with transportation and equipment to participate in a 12-week cross country program at the Riverside Golf Course in Portland.

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Thanks to a grant from the Killington World Cup Foundation, we are able to expand our Nordic programs to reach more kids in greater Portland and Oxford County.

Cooper Campbell Day

Cooper Campbell Day

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2009 – 2013

WinterKids’ Cooper Campbell Day was an event to celebrate the life of Maine teen, Cooper Campbell, who was killed by a drunk driver on the Maine Turnpike in April of 2008. Steve Campbell, Cooper’s father, says fifteen-year-old Cooper was an avid skier and snowboarder who “enjoyed winter with his whole heart and lived by the words ‘live, learn, listen, leap, laugh, love, and leave a mark.'”

For 5 years, WinterKids and Shawnee Peak helped “leave a mark” for Cooper by bringing kids and families out on the slopes to learn and have fun together. Each year, from 2009 to 2013, 100 kids got a chance to try skiing and snowboarding for the very first time, with free lessons, rentals, and lift tickets donated by Shawnee Peak!

George K. Scholarship Fund and Gear Giveaway

2013 – 2018

Created to honor former board member, George Kiesewetter, the George K Scholarship Fund & Gear Giveaway provided Passports, travel vouchers, and new and gently used equipment to 5 Maine kids annually from 2013 thru 2018 to help them learn a new winter sport. George has always wanted to get outdoor equipment into the hands of kids who need it most, and with the help of George’s family, friends, and colleagues, WinterKids helped to make this wish a reality.

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

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

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”



With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

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We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.