TimberNook Nature Experience

  • Collage Day School is bringing the TimberNook experience to northeast Florida as part of the school’s primary goal of fostering the growth of whole, well-rounded and happy children who appreciate the natural world, healthy living and well being. The TimberNook program combines the therapeutic aspects of nature with child development research and experience to create an outdoor program that supports every aspect of the growing child. Each program is uniquely created for the location, provider and ages of children.

  • 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, Emily Vasquez, has received five days of intensive training at TimberNook’s 60-acre wooded headquarters in Barrington, New Hampshire, where she learned different qualities and techniques that make a strong Timbernook program.

    “TimberNook’s approach to creative play is so inspiring for children to get involved in their own unique way. During my training, I witnessed children improving all aspects of their development in a way that is meaningful for them rather than adult directed,” Emily Vasquez, director of Collage’s Health & Wellness program, says. “I was amazed at the accomplishments the campers achieved on a daily basis. The best part was when the children recognized those achievements and showed their excitement in the form of cheers and high-fives. TimberNook is a perfect fit for Collage as it benefits the whole child while adding all that nature has to offer.”

    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).

  • 2017-18 TimberNook Northeast Florida Nature Experiences

    Parents Night Out/TimberNook Nighttime Warrior Camp (ages 7-13)

    Parents may drop off their children at Collage and go off to enjoy an evening out while their children participate in Nighttime Warrior Camp, Nov. 16, 5 – 7 p.m. The camp is recommended for ages 7-13 years old; however, younger children may participate if their parents are comfortable with them playing in the woods at dusk/nighttime. This camp is a twist on the traditional cops and robbers game with thieves attempting to steal the glowing jewels from nighttime warriors. Two colors of Glow-in-the-dark face paint will distinguish the thieves from the warriors. The objective of the nighttime warriors is to defend and hide all four of their glowing jewels in, near, or around the fort they build to protect their jewels. They also need to construct a “dungeon” to place any thieves that cross into their territory. Kids will build forts while taking turns cooking their dinner of hot dogs and S’mores over an open fire.

    Contact info@collagedayschool.org, 904.900.1439, to learn more and express interest in participating.


    Winter TimberNook Camp (ages 4-11)

    Camp runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $225/session.

    Session #1, Dec. 26 – 29, 2017: Knights and Dragons – Children will dive deep into their imaginations, as they become knights, outlaws, maidens and more in this medieval world in the woods. Children will create a life-sized castle and outlaw camps and then “battle” to defend their side of the woods. They may also practice jousting, dig for dragon eggs or even paint with catapults. This program is sure to inspire and create lasting memories for years to come.


    Session #2, Jan. 2 – 5, 2017: Food, Glorious Food – Children will learn about and make a compost to create soil for our gardening beds. Compost creations will be displayed in artful and inviting ways. Parents will be invited to tour the “museum”. They will plant seeds and learn about overall garden care. Children will also be able to create crafts to sell at a farmer’s market on the last day.