TimberNook Nature Experience

  • We offer a TimberNook Nature Experience and TimberNook Camp Experience

  • In addition to being part of Collage Day School’s Enrichment Program for its students, TimberNook Northeast Florida is open to all children in the area, ages 2 through fifth grade, in camps that Collage offers to the general community during Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer. Timbernook NEFL’s director, Chelsea Mueller, received her TimberNook credential in 2018 and continues development yearly through TimberNook retreats and online training.

    While running the TimberNook program at Collage Day School for the past three years I have witnessed children transform in the areas of physical, emotional, and social development. The unique approach allows children the space and time to expand in the natural environment and create a play that feels just right for them. Child-directed play calls for communication, problem solving, decision making, and a higher level of creativity. Practicing and challenging these skills leaves a lasting impression that will generalize outside of the TimberNook experience. Learning through play in a natural setting is vital during the early stages of development. The space in the woods occupied by students are filled with laughter, love, kindness, big ideas, elaborate projects, and sensory exposure all inspired by the TimberNook philosophy.” – Chelsea Mueller

    TimberNook was founded by Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, who noticed that the kids in her children’s circle of friends in Barrington, New Hampshire, rarely played outdoors anymore. She became concerned when she observed that children, in general, seemed weaker, had poorer balance and were less creative than they should be based on their developmental ages. Using her occupational therapy skill-set and ability to analyze activities for their therapeutic value, combined with her background in kinesiology, Hanscom created a program, TimberNook, that places children outdoors while enhancing and fostering child development. The award-winning nature-based program has since gained international popularity, with providers in 11 U.S. states, Australia and New Zealand (www.timbernook.com).

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