First area TimberNook Camp is hosted by Gabis Arboretum at PNW

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Published on April 21, 2021 with No Comments

TimberNook is a camp designed to offer meaningful nature experiences.

TimberNook, founded in 2009 by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, is now offering programming in Northwest Indiana. TimberNook summer day camp incorporates the fun and learning of a traditional camp experience with fewer transitions and increased opportunities for immersive sensory experiences.

Groups of up to 20 children, ages 4-12, live out grand-scale adventures designed to let children lead the creative direction, which promotes problem solving, self-reliance, greater social-emotional learning, and use of fine and gross motor skills in the most motivational setting at the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest.

“Children will explore the sensory aspects of nature, challenge their bodies and minds, and develop self-confidence,” said Erin Crews, provider/operator of TimberNook Northwest Indiana. “TimberNook programs provide large scale experiences, staging the environment to inspire. There is ample time and opportunity to practice true creativity free of adult direction, control, or frequent transitions under the watchful eyes of handpicked, caring camp counselors.”

Crews is a local pediatric occupational therapist who works in early intervention and school settings.

She explained, “As a parent and pediatric occupational therapist, I have observed how children’s lives have become intensely structured from extracurricular activities to the school day. Free time is limited and often spent sitting in front of electronics. Attention during academics is decreasing, kids are exhibiting unrulier behaviors during the school day, and child anxiety is on the rise.

“All children need the opportunity to explore their abilities and limitations without adults telling them what they can and cannot do. Given the opportunity they tend to demonstrate surprising levels of self-awareness, deeper levels of play, creativity and empathy, and challenge themselves more. TimberNook programs allow children this opportunity in a beautiful sensory- rich environment, which is why I am so excited to bring it to our region.”

TimberNook will occur during the following weeks:

More information can be found at https://www.timbernook.com/provider/timbernook-northwest-indiana/.

 

Monday, June 7

    Storybook Dr. Seuss Adventures starting at 9:00 a.m. Children will “live and breathe” the fantastical stories of Dr. Seuss in the wild. With the turn of each day comes a new story and adventure for children to recreate with friends! Ages: 4-8, weekly fee $220.

 

Friday, June 11

 Storybook Dr. Seuss Adventures starting at 1:00 p.m. Children will “live and breathe” the fantastical stories of Dr. Seuss in the wild. With the turn of each day comes a new story and adventure for children to recreate with friends! Ages: 4-8, weekly fee $220.

 

Monday, June 14

Sensory Adventures Sensational Challengers at 9:00 a.m. This week is sensory extraordinaire. Children enjoy fantastic sensational adventures that are sure to challenge the mind, while fully engaging the senses at the same time! Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

Friday, June 18

Sensory Adventures Sensational Challengers at 3:00 p.m. This week is sensory extraordinaire. Children enjoy fantastic sensational adventures that are sure to challenge the mind, while fully engaging the senses at the same time! Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

Monday, June 21

     A Week of Wild at 9:00 a.m. – June 25 at 3:00 p.m. This going wild adventure takes play to a whole new level through collaborative, creative and sensory-immersive experiences with friends new and old. Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

Friday, June 25

     A Week of Wild  at 3:00 p.m. This going wild adventure takes play to a whole new level through collaborative, creative and sensory-immersive experiences with friends new and old. Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

 

 

Monday, June 28

    Friends In The Wild beginning at 9:00 a.m. – July 2 at 1:00 p.m. Throughout Woodland Week, children create handcrafted items for their special friend, bringing them along for imaginative, sensational journeys. Ages: 4-8, weekly fee $220.

July 2021

Friday, July 2

    Friends In The Wild  at 1:00 p.m. Throughout Woodland Week, children create handcrafted items for their special friend, bringing them along for imaginative, sensational journeys. Ages: 4-8, weekly fee $220.

 

Monday, July 12

     Extreme Art, Creative Cottages starting at 9:00 a.m. – July 16 at 3:00 p.m. Your child will collaborate with friends to create grand-scale works of art from scratch! Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

Friday, July 16

     Extreme Art, Creative Cottages starting at 3:00 p.m. Your child will collaborate with friends to create grand-scale works of art from scratch! Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

Monday, July 19

Enchanted, Wild and Whimsical starting at 9:00 a.m. – July 23 at 3:00 p.m. Children will dive deep into their imaginations as they bring dramatic roles to life during this magical TimberNook program. Ages 4-8, weekly fee $220.

 

Friday, July 23

     Extreme Art, Creative Cottages starting at 3:00 p.m. Your child will collaborate with friends to create grand-scale works of art from scratch! Ages: 7-12, weekly fee $325.

 

 

 

 

 

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