This winter, Tanglewood invites children and teens to become “Winter Survivors,” “Snow Sleuths” and “Winter Wanderers.” Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, a program of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, repeats its popular Winter Adventure Program for children ages 6-17. “These programs give Maine children opportunities to discover how active and alive winter can be, despite how frozen and silent the natural world seems,” said Leah Trommer, school programs staff member.

The oldest adventurers, ages 14-17, will become “Winter Survivors” as they snowshoe deep into the forest and along the Ducktrap River, learning the tricks of experienced animal trackers and discovering practical cold-weather survival skills. Youth ages 9-13 will be “Snow Sleuths” as they hunt for clues about what happens to animals and plants when snow blankets the forest. As “Winter Wanderers”, children ages 6-8 will gallop, waddle and bound over the snowy trails, making their way to the cozy Big Pine Lodge where they will hear wintry tales from the famous Tanglewood puppets.

A new one-day program for participants ages 14-17 is being offered Monday, Feb.y 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., while on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 17 there will be an exploration opportunity for 9- to 13-year-olds from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The youngest participants, ages 6-8, can join the fun on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for the one-day program (ages 14-17) is $20; two-day programs are $40. Snowshoes are provided; no previous experience is necessary.

Youngsters should bring hearty and healthy bag lunches. All programs will take place at the Lincolnville campus. For more information or to register, visit the Web site at tanglewood4h.org or contact Patti Chapman by phone at 789-5868 or by e-mail at proy@umext.maine.edu.

Tanglewood’s mission is to teach Maine youth and adults to be effective and caring citizens through affordable environmental education and nature-based experiences.

Tanglewood sits on the Ducktrap River in a forested 940-acre section of Camden Hills State Park and offers a diverse range of year-round camp and learning opportunities. For more information visit http://www2.umaine.edu/tanglewood.