Tanglewood Prepares to Welcome Thousands of Area Children

April 21st, 2011 3:43 PM

Come to Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps on April 30th for our annual Volunteer Work Day and Open House!


Tanglewood Initiates CREW Program

March 18th, 2011 12:32 PM

Community Resources for Environmental Wellness, or CREW, is a new sustainability initiative to involve high school students in promoting sustainable lifestyles in their schools and communities.

CREW participants will identify a sustainability need in their community and work to educate and benefit the community through service.  Students gain leadership skills and ecology and sustainability knowledge they will use working with younger students in the planning and completion of a service-learning project.

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Program of the Week – Blueberry Cove Residential Camp

March 16th, 2011 1:39 PM

Blueberry Cove Residential Camp

girl with lobster dinnerA fun-filled summertime of learning and play…two beaches and salt marshes to explore…rolling blueberry fields and flower filled meadows to frolic in…mud flats to learn and play on…a majestic spruce forest with secret rooms to find…islands to discover…cabins nestled in a mossy, seaside forest for dreamy slumber…misty, magical mornings, exciting, fun filled days, and firefly nights…

Our fleet of rowboats, kayaks, canoes and sailboats, offers campers and staff the chance to experience the joy of “simply messing about in boats.” Baby farm animals and a half-acre, organic vegetable garden give children the opportunity to watch life grow and change right before their eyes.

Click here for more information.


Previously featured programs:

Open House & Volunteer Work Day – Saturday, April 30; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Tanglewood Garden SignWe are having Open Houses and Volunteer Work Days at both Tanglewood in Lincolnville and Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor.  Come visit us and get a feel for camp before the summer season starts!

If you can’t make it to the open house, you are still welcome to visit either of our sites any time. Tanglewood in Lincolnville is part of Camden Hills State Park so our trails are open to the public year round for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing.

Spring 2011: Home School Mondays

Girl in forestParticipants are given the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of topics such as forest, freshwater and intertidal ecology through hands-on learning. In these innovative programs our instructors weave together exploration, art, puppetry, music and games to create a truly engaging learning experience.

  • May 2, 9, 16, & 23:  9am-2pm each day
  • Cost: $88 per child for the entire 4 week series
  • Registration is required
  • Register online; call 207.789.5868 or e-mail patricia.chapman@maine.edu with any questions or concerns.
  • Print parent packet or request one be mailed on your registration form.

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April Vacation at Blueberry Cove:  April 18-22, 2011

Blueberry Cove Campers on the BeachSpend April break relaxing with the rhythms of the tides while digging in the garden, exploring the mudflats, creating artwork and exploring the meadows.

Plenty of adventures are waiting for us, so remember to come prepared!

  • Schedule: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; optional transportation available for $40 (click here for schedule)
  • Cost:  $150 for the week
  • Ages: 6-11
  • What to bring: bag lunch, appropriate hiking shoes and clothes to get dirty in; remember to dress appropriately — it might still be chilly!

You can register online.  Contact Patti at 207.789.5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu with any questions.

Come Sail With Us!

Blueberry Cove – Tenants Harbor:

Day campers ages 9 to 11 can sail with the St George Community Sailing Foundation in the morning and spend afternoons at Blueberry Cove creating, discovering and exploring.  The best of both worlds!

This Monday – Friday, two week program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 11-22.  A shuttle is available from Union, Rockport, Rockland, Thomaston and South Thomaston.  The cost is on a sliding scale of $480 to $580; the shuttle fee is an additional $40 per week.

Islands & Sea Discovery Trips:

Once you have camped on a Maine coast island, you will never be quite the same! Participants will spend their days exploring the bays, coves and islands of the Tenants Harbor area and their nights camping on a coastal island.

This is an advanced level trip, good physical condition is required.  Participants must be able to swim and feel comfortable on the water.

Read more… or register now!

Bridge Day Camp: Too old for Tanglewood’s Day Camp but don’t want to spend the night?

We think summer camp is the best thing ever, and the new Tanglewood Bridge program is designed to give campers a first-hand look into the world of residential camp–without having to spend the night! Campers participate in a Monday-Friday program from 8:30-5:00 PM (3:00 PM on Friday). This program is designed for families who are looking for day camp experiences for older campers.

Read more… or Register now!

“Best Nature Sites” by Tanglewood Board Member

February 18th, 2011 10:56 AM

Waterline Books of Jefferson, Maine, has recently published a natural history guide by Tanglewood Board member Tony Oppersdorff.  Sponsored by Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Tony and co-author Kyril Schabert will discuss their work at the Camden Public Library on February 22, 2011 at 6:30 P.M.

“Best Nature Sites: Route 1 Corridor, Brunswick to Belfast” features 40 selected locations including Tanglewood. Each site features an introduction and one or more 250 to 1200-word sidebars, as well as several photographs.  Although the project is primarily written by two of us, there are over a dozen other contributers, mostly individuals with specialized knowledge about a particular topic:  marsh recovery, oak galls, invasive plants, birding, mushrooms, dragon flies, to name a few.

With maps drawn by a DeLorme free-lancer and over 200 photographs, this guide is intended for both residents and visitors.  It is our way of inviting individuals and families to get out of the car and smell the many roses within walking distance of Route 1.

You can purchase this on Amazon (Best Nature Sites Maine), through independent bookstores such as the Owl & Turtle, and through several land trusts who will each benefit from the sales… Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Georges River Land Trust, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Damariscotta River Association, and others.

If you can’t make the Camden Library presentation on February 22, we are also booked to do similar events by Georges River Land Trust on April 21 and at Merryspring on May 31.

Les Hyde Speaks for the Trees

February 11th, 2011 11:59 AM

Even after retiring from 32 years with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Les Hyde is still making news…

Blueberry Cove 13.1

November 18th, 2010 11:22 AM

**As of March 11, 2011 we have reached the maximum number of racers and have closed registration**

Support Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove by joining midcoast Maine’s ONLY half marathon on August 28, 2011 at 7:30 a.m.  Registration is $50 – all proceeds go directly to supporting Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove 4H Camp and Learning Centers, a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place males and females in the following divisions: open, 18 & Under, 19 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 -79, 80 plus.  Also, to the top 3 year-round residents of St. George.

Eco friendly t-shirts to all those registered by August 9, 2011. Finisher medals to all participants.  No race day registration.

Blueberry brunch available to all participants following the event. Down East Fish Chowder dinner available to racers on Saturday night for just $10 (includes fresh caught fish, locally baked bread, salad with veggies from the camp garden and Maine blueberry pie).

Race Features:

USA Track and Field Certified Half Marathon  (pending)

Mile markers for all 13 miles

Short sleeve eco friendly cotton t-shirts

Water stations every 2-miles

Post race blueberry brunch

Finisher medals to all participants

Finish times

Saturday night pre-race Downeast fish chowder dinner ($10)

Saturday night campfire for telling race stories

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where does the race begin?
When can I pick up my race packet?
What if I can’t make the packet pick-up time?
Is this race capped?
What is the cost?
Do you have a pre-race dinner?
Do I get a shirt?
Why can’t I get a “tech” shirt like all the other races are giving?
How do I register?
What is the course like?
What will the weather be like?
Can I walk the race?
Are pets, baby strollers or headsets allowed?
Are there adequate bathroom facilities?
Is there hydration along the course?
Do I get a medal even if I come in last?
Can I take a shower after the race?
When are the awards given?
Are there cash prizes?
Can my friends help during the race?
Where can spectators watch the race?
What’s the most important thing I need to remember?
What are my lodging options?
What is the closest lodging option?
Is there anything to do in Midcoast Maine?
How can I stay in touch with what’s happening with the Blueberry Cove 13.1?

When and where does the race begin?

Sunday August 28, 2011

Start time: 7:30 AM

Where: Blueberry Cove Camp, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME Phone 207.372.6353.   (Off Harts Neck Road)

When can I pick up my race packet?

Packet pick-up is Saturday August 27, 2011 from 3-8 PM

Where: Blueberry Cove Camp, 22 Blueberry Cove Road, Tenants Harbor, ME  (Off Harts Neck Road)

What if I can’t make the packet pick-up time?

For just $5, we can mail your packet directly to you, if timely.

Is this race capped?

Yes. Only 100 runners/walkers will be allowed.

What is the cost?

Registration for the Blueberry Cove 13.1 is just $50.

Due to a limited amount of spaces in the race, and the fact that this is an important fundraiser for Blueberry Cove, race fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Do you have a pre-race dinner?

Yes. Enjoy a real Downeast dinner with fish chowder (featuring fish from Port Clyde Fresh Catch), fresh bread made locally, salad with veggies from the Blueberry Cove Camp garden, homemade blueberry pie and a beverage all for just $10 per person.

Do I get a shirt?

Every pre-registered runner (registered by August 9, 2011) will be guaranteed a short sleeve eco friendly cotton t-shirt with water based inks. Because they are all ordered to meet our needs, we can’t guarantee shirts to late registrants.

Why can’t I get a “tech” shirt like all the other races are giving?

There are many reasons, but the main one is, the cotton t-shirts we chose are eco friendly and printed in Maine by Liberty Graphics, located near the headwaters of the St. George River in Liberty. The PVC-free water-based ink gives Liberty Graphics a healthy workplace and gives their customers (you and I) a soft-to-the-hand garment. Unlike conventional print shops, the only solvent they need is water.

Also, as runners, we’ve been disappointed with the snags and staining the tech shirts get after one or two times worn, not to mention the stench that refuses to leave.

Lastly, like you said, all the other races are doing it. Who wants every shirt to look the same? We want you to wear it on a daily basis!

How do I register?

Online registration is available at www.active.com. For a T-shirt, the deadline is August 9, and the last chance to register is by Aug. 26. No race day registration.

What is the course like?

Discover the REAL Maine. The Blueberry Cove 13.1 is loaded with country roads, gentle hills and lots of ocean views. The course is a ½ marathon, 13.1 miles. It is a challenging circumnavigation of the lower St. George peninsula, with the start and finish at Blueberry Cove Camp off Harts Neck Road in Tenants Harbor, ME.

The first half of the route is a rural back road, with quiet coves, gentle hills and few houses, while the second half comes alive with much to see. Enjoy the beauty of Maine’s largest fishing fleet once you reach Port Clyde, also home of the Monhegan Boat Line ferries. Travel the same route as Forrest Gump traveled upon reaching the Marshall Point Light House, then head along Drift Inn Beach, the Atlantic Ocean and back to Blueberry Cove for a scrumptious Maine blueberry brunch.

What will the weather be like?

Beautiful, it’s Maine!  Definitely shorts weather. Comfortable nights, warm days.

Can I walk the race?

Yes. Walkers will start with the runners at 7:30 AM. Because walkers are not timed, they may leave up to 1 hour earlier as long as they have checked in first. Please note, not all water stops may be set up this early.

Are pets, baby strollers or headsets allowed?


Are there adequate bathroom facilities?

There are indoor bathrooms at the start and finish of the race plus 4 more porta potty locations along the route.

Is there hydration along the course?

We have hydration stations approximately every 2 – miles.

Do I get a medal even if I come in last?

Of course! All participants will be guaranteed a finishers medal. We want you to be proud of your accomplishment.

Can I take a shower after the race?

Blueberry Cove Camp has limited shower facilities for runners on race day.

When are the awards given?

Awards will be presented at 10:00 AM during the blueberry brunch.

Are there cash prizes?

No. We are a small grass roots race. We have no big sponsors and limited small sponsors. We want participants to run for their health, for fun, for the challenge and to help raise funds for children to attend Blueberry Cove Camp.

Can my friends help during the race?

Yes, just have them contact us at blueberrycove13.1@gmail.com for more information.

Where can spectators watch the race?

Once the race starts, we will be holding off traffic on Harts Neck Road until all the racers have cleared the 1-mile run to Route 131. We suggest you leave before the start of the race and park at the ball field approximately 1.5-miles from the start, just north of Harts Neck Road, or park there and walk back to the start. There will be plenty of parking and a porta potty available at this location. You may also proceed further north on Route 131 and pull off into the parking lot of the Tenants Harbor Baptist Church. Runners will be turning at this location and the road will narrow. Once the racers have passed these two spots, we then suggest you head south on Route 131 and toward Port Clyde. There will be several places to watch from this direction.

First chance to see the runners will be at the Ridge Road/Turkey Cove Road intersection. Travel along Route 131, pass over a small bridge with water on each side and then turn right onto the Ridge Road. Within a few miles, you will see our directional team at work.

Other locations to watch are in Port Clyde. Parking can sometimes be a problem, so please use good judgment and don’t use business parking lots.

Our best recommendation for viewing the race is along Drift Inn Beach. From Route 131 South, we will have a sign marking the beach parking lot. Here there will be porta potties, a water station and plenty of room to walk along the beach road to cheer on your friends and family. If the parking lot is full, you may also park along Route 131 near the parking lot entrance, as this is not part of the race route.

For those more ambitious, the parking lot is within 1.5 – 2 miles from Marshall Point Light, another water stop and porta potty stop. This road will be closed to road traffic because it is an out and back for the runners, so please use common sense while walking this route, remember, these folks are in a race not an obstacle course competition!

The best suggestion we can give is to contact us ahead of time and volunteer at a water station. They will be located every two miles along the route and offer first hand viewing. Maps will be available.

What’s the most important thing I need to remember?

Because the St. George peninsula is mainly rural back roads, we encourage spectators to abide by our suggestions for the safety of the runners so as they do not get hit by a car or have trouble breathing all the car exhaust.  Of course we can’t keep you off most of the route, but we highly recommend that if you absolutely need to check up on your runner, please travel in the same direction of the racers.

What are my lodging options?

Midcoast Maine has many choices to pick from including campgrounds, bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels, inns and cottages. Visit www.therealmaine.com for local listings.

What is the closest lodging option?

Blueberry Cove Camp. Simple rustic cabins located just steps away from Race Headquarters and the dinning hall. Cabins are bunkhouse style with multiple beds per cabin. Some cabins have their own bathroom while others use a common bathhouse. Five private cabins have double beds. Lodging is available either dorm style or by renting all the beds in one cabin which is great for friends and family. Campers must provide their own sheets or sleeping bag. Price:  $20 per night / per person.

Is there anything to do in Midcoast Maine?

Yes, lots. Hiking, biking, hills, rivers, lakes, ocean beaches, museums, light houses, art galleries, great cafes and restaurants, pubs, lobster and lobster boats, and much, much more.

Visit www.therealmaine.com or http://www.camdenme.org/ for a complete listing of what to do.

How can I stay in touch with what’s happening with the Blueberry Cove 13.1?

Follow us on Face Book  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Blueberry-Cove-131/161446140542426

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Samoset donates to programs

November 2nd, 2010 11:19 AM

Rockport — The Samoset Resort, a member of the Ocean Properties family and host of the 15th annual Wentworth Charities Golf Classic Tournament, donated $20,000 to Lincolnville-based University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Camp & Learning Centers at Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove.

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Gifts and Jon Come to Blueberry Cove

February 24th, 2010 10:27 AM

When Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center acquired Blueberry Cove Camp in 2005, beginning the process of reviving a proud seaside camp so that it joined UMaine’s 4-H learning community, there was no way to predict all the unusual gifts.  In this year alone energy from generous donors, volunteers, alumni and Tanglewood staff have moved the transformation of Blueberry Cove Camp (BBC) closer than anyone imagined last year.  A farsighted and generous donor provided for the hiring of a full time Director and facility funds to restart BBC’s residential camp program. Jon Downing, his wife, Shelby, and their children Emma and Evan arrived during mud season to roll up their sleeves and set up housekeeping in quarters mostly used by wildlife of all sizes and species.

Their commitment to creating an educational climate focused on sustainable living became clear as they quickly moved in chickens and staked pigmy goats to “mow” the field. Jon comes to Tanglewood with a diverse background in group outfitting and program management. Charged with creating a day camp that combined the best of BBC’s and Tanglewood’s nature based discovery programming, Jon delivered.  Some parents cancelled other reservations and summer plans just to keep their children at BBC all summer.  (“Pirate Day” was awesome!) Jon’s work to make sure that all campers had the “time of their lives” was at the heart of another successful BBC summer camp season.

Jon was joined by a dedicated corps of volunteers.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of Felix Kloman and the St. George Sailing Foundation, funds were raised to purchase a dock and float system that defied almost all but the lowest tides.

Trades trainees from Maine’s Department of Corrections Bolduc Center, cleared land, milled timber into lumber, renovated and moved cabins (in the snow!) and triumphed over mud to create a parking lot that accommodates both BBC campers and sailors from the foundation.

Scott Yakovenko again donated his culinary arts for a well attended August fundraiser and silent auction supported by Board donations.

Anne Goldsmith (BBC’s previous owner) organized alumni from around the world for a reunion that resulted in song, fellowship, lots of ocean time, and an alumni’s challenge grant donation directed toward a new septic system.

Area Master Gardeners created raised beds for BBC’s gigantic organic garden. Rockland’s Youthlinks students spruced up the art building with a colorful mural. Employees from Lonza’s Rockland plant painted and repaired residential cabins for next season. The Cartwright family (Steve and Paul helped by son Owen) gave countless hours to docks and grounds. (Whew!) Tanglewood is enormously grateful to its volunteers.

Click here to find out more about volunteering.