On October 8th, the UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Tanglewood is celebrating its 40th birthday, we’d love for you to join us for a free family festival from 2:00-4:30 and a community dinner plus music in the evening (for a donation of $40).
This 40th event is a celebration of the collaboration and partnership between Maine State Parks, UMaine Cooperative Extension and 4-H, and a dedicated and passionate group of local community members who saw the need for affordable immersive environmental education for Maine youth. The Tanglewood parcel of Camden Hills State Park has become a home to generations of youth. The programs taking place at Tanglewood enable over 2500 youth per year to take part in summer camps and school-based learning experiences that connect them to the natural world and teach them that they are part of a diverse and dynamic human community.
We are grateful for the vision of Jim and Cindy Dunham (founding directors), Leslie Hyde (Knox/Lincoln Extension Educator and founding program administrator), and Lavon Bartell (Cooperative Extension Director at the time) for making the original programs and 4-H Charter a reality. It is because of their dedication to educating about Maine’s natural communities and engaging with Maine youth that has allowed Tanglewood to thrive for 40 years. We are excited to celebrate our past and present while making plans for our future.
We will have family-friendly activities, crafts, cider pressing, garlic planting, and more taking place on the Dining Hall lawn. The evening will feature a pig roast, local fall vegetables, vegan fare, craft beer, beans, blueberry crumble, and more. Louisa Stancioff and her band will perform later in the evening along with alumni musicians.