TimberNook Nature Experience

  • Collage Day School is bringing the TimberNook experience to northeast Florida!

    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.

  • Winter TimberNook Camp (ages 4-9)

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

    Session #1 –  Knights and Dragons
    Dec. 26 – 29, 2017:

    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 –  Food, Glorious Food
    Jan. 2 – 5, 2018:

    Who knew you could get creative with gardening! During this TimberNook session, children will have the opportunity to prep gardening beds, plant seedlings, create garden art and decorative pots, and experience composting in both traditional and non-traditional ways. When friends gather to share a meal, what’s left over after they dine can serve a number of purposes.

    As with all TimberNook experiences, an array of sensory experiences will be provided as well as an opportunity for some big body work on a group construction project. Children will delight in the excitement and social benefits of working together toward a common goal. Parents will be invited to tour the site and partake in a farmer’s market on the last day of camp. And, as is always integral to “The TimberNook Way,” there will be plenty of uninterrupted free time woven into each day!

  • To sign up, call us at 904.900.1493 or email info@collagedayschool.org

  • More About The TimberNook 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, 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).