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Tanglewood, Lincolnville - Sustainability at Tanglewood


Tanglewood’s mission is to teach Maine youth and adults to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and nature-based experiences.  Tanglewood’s vision is to create a place where people learn to live responsibly and in balance with the earth.  It encourages reflection and respect, while inspiring change within ourselves and our communities.

Since its inception, Tanglewood has been a place where children and adults could come to and learn how to better care for the earth.  The mission and vision of Tanglewood are rooted in the firm belief that making connections to nature and each other as a community will foster a deep understanding of how to live responsibly and in balance with the earth.

‘To live responsibly and in balance with the earth’ is what Tanglewood is all about, and Tanglewood strives to strike balance with the earth through a sustainable lifestyle.

But what is sustainability?

Lester Brown of the Worldwatch Institute defines a sustainable society as “one that satisfies its needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations.”  Great.  But how does Tanglewood strive to be a model of sustainability?

Historically, Tanglewood has emphasized sustainable concepts through its programming.  Campers learn about the details of ecosystems and basic ecological principles that guide them to understand that everything in nature is connected, even themselves.

Campers and staff are encouraged to think outside the box and push Tanglewood toward becoming a more sustainable community.  Many initiatives that have been adopted have come from staff and campers.  What new ideas do you have?  We would love to hear them!

Here are some of our sustainability highlights:

Local Food…Tanglewood’s Garden.

Local food… teaching healthy, sustainable eating habits

Reducing trash:

Measuring Waste, Creating Compost

Garbology: the study of garbage

Taking recycling to a new level

Chickens and goats, oh my!

In 2011 Tangled Tuesdays began as a day to celebrate all things sustainable and green

Environmentally conscious and safe cleaning products

Greener Bathrooms


Sustainability built into all Tanglewood’s programming

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The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

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4-H Camp & Learning Centers at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove
One Tanglewood Road
Lincolnville, Maine 04849
Phone: (207) 789-5868E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System