Tanglewood on the Ducktrap River in the Camden Hills State Park and Blueberry Cove overlooking Tenants Harbor — provide ideal settings for teaching respectful stewardship of natural ecosystems.

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Our mission is to teach youth from Maine and beyond to be effective and caring citizens of the Earth through affordable environmental education and nature-based experiences.

Program content areas include summer camps (day, overnight, teen leadership, and discovery trip programs) and immersive academic-year school programs through our Open Air Classroom.

Learn more about Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove, and the Open Air Classroom!

Great news update!

campers learn how to use a compass🌟 We have been awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Education’s Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative. Our proposed projects under the Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative Grant support the full cost of a week of summer camp for 22 youth at Tanglewood this year.
☘️ Just added: Our Appalachian Trail Hike–a week of camp with 4 days spent along a portion of the “100 Mile Wilderness”!
👩‍🌾The Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative programs at Tanglewood focus on teaching forest and marine ecology through the lens of discovery and skill building. All lessons are standards-aligned and designed to be engaging and hands-on learning experiences for students. Programs highlight Maine career paths such as forestry, surveying, guiding, outdoor educator, field biologist, and more.
💫Our goal is to provide a spark for students to explore more.
To learn more, visit the Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative webpage for more information and to apply!

Register for Programs and Events

Whether you’re registering for summer camps, enrolling in an event, or filling out program paperwork for your school’s Open Air Classroom program, our Ultra Camp registration software is the tool you’ll use. Follow this link to visit our Registration Page where you can learn more about programming and the link to the Ultra Camp registration software. The registration page is also where you can find all the dates and program FAQs.

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Upcoming Events

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UMaine Non-Discrimination Statement

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 412, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5713, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Notice

Any person who needs accommodation to participate in a Tanglewood or Blueberry Cove program should contact the office at 207.789.5868 or extension.tanglewood4h@maine.edu to discuss their needs in advance.

Territorial Acknowledgement

As environmental educators, we have a unique opportunity to engage youth meaningfully with nature. With this comes a responsibility to examine our relationship to the land we live and teach on, and to learn about the relationship the local indigenous communities had and have with the land. We can also engage our students in this conversation, guiding them to develop a relationship with land and nature thoughtfully. One way to do this is to include territorial acknowledgments in our programming. At their core, territorial acknowledgments name the indigenous peoples who first lived on the land and call attention to their enduring presence.  

— The above introduction is adapted from the BEETLES Project website’s Territorial Acknowledgements page.

The 4-H Camps and Learning Centers, as part of the Cooperative Extension of the University of Maine, recognize that we are located around the state in the homeland of the Wabanaki people, where issues of water and territorial rights, and encroachment upon sacred sites are ongoing. We recognize that Wabanaki (Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot) Tribal Nations are distinct, sovereign, legal, and political entities with their own powers of self-governance and self-determination. We respect the Wabanaki People as the original stewards of this land. We thank them for their strength and resilience in caring for this land for hundreds of years. We recognize that we are responsible for working to change the systems that allow injustice and inequality to exist. We are committed to listening, learning, and building relationships while serving as stewards of this land.