Two women with ties to Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove joined the board that oversees both camps.

Anne Stires and Lily Hyde Sytsma are both educators and former camp counselors. They bring to the board a shared belief in the value of children learning outdoors, understanding and respecting the natural environment that sustains all life.

In 2011, Stires founded Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education in Alna, which features nature- and place-based education for students ages three to 11, and functions as a demonstration school for visiting educators.

Stires was the executive director since its founding and has been a classroom teacher at the school; she is now the Director of Development, Outreach and Advocacy and consults throughout Maine and beyond to support schools as they pivot to outdoor learning models. She has also worked at the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center, Chewonki Foundation, Quebec-Labrador Foundation and Tanglewood.

For the past 20 summers, she has directed the Whitehead Island program for Pine Island Camp. She lives in Alna with her son, Eben.

Sytsma is the daughter of Ann Cogger and the late Leslie Hyde. Les Hyde was pivotal in creating the Tanglewood camp programs in Lincolnville, and led the effort to acquire Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor. Both 4-H camps are administered through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, providing affordable camp experiences for all.

Sytsma has taught photography, drawing and painting at Oceanside High School in Rockland since 2016. Her vision is to create a curriculum that accepts diversity, prepares students for college and fosters a life-long appreciation for the arts, she said.

Sytsma attended Tanglewood Camp from 1991 to 2003, after which she became a counselor there. She was also a camper at Blueberry Cove in the early 1990s, when former owner-director Ann Goldsmith operated a family camp. In 2008, as a certified sailing instructor, she was one of the first counselors to work for Blueberry Cove after her father and others revived the camp.

She and her husband Eric live in Martinsville with their two kids, William and Lucas.

For more information on the camps, visit extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood.