This Elgin County preteen nature program is developed by Occupational Therapists- please note that this program will be lead by a Program Assistant who has been trained directly through TimberNook headquarters. Wild Ones is a drop-off program for youth ages 9-12ish where youth will have the opportunity to explore, build, create art and learn survival skills. It runs every Wednesday afternoon (8 program days) through the winter semester from 1:00-4:00pm from January 19th until March 9th. The cost is $33/week x 8 weeks=$264. This program is open to children in any learning situation this year (in-person, remote or homeschool/unschool).
This Elgin County preteen nature program is a great option for those looking for learning opportunities outside four walls. After each session, families will receive an email home highlighting the developmental benefits of the programming that day. It is also a great opportunity to complement therapy for youth with motor, sensory or other developmental challenges. Our nature program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, belief systems, and sexual orientations.
COVID procedures will be in place and can be obtained through email. **Please note that in the winter, we will be using the yurt on a regular basis for warming breaks which requires mask use.** Here are some basics:
- adults wear masks within 6′ of any participants
- small class sizes of 12-24 children/outdoor classroom depending on protocol at that time
- Masking of participants is dependent upon regulations at the current time; of course exemptions are permitted as per the AODA act.
- NO REFUNDS will be issued for illness, quarantine, weather or any other reason. In the event that we have to close due to lockdown or staff quarantine, credit will be provided for the classes missed. Credit/make up classes are ONLY issued in the event that TimberNook Elgin has to cancel classes; if a participant has to miss a class due to illness, quarantine or any other reason there will be no refunds, credit or transfer of class.
We are an inclusive program and welcome children of all abilities. When deciding if this program will be a good fit for your child, please take the following into consideration:
- We maintain a 6:1 child/adult ratio where the role of the adult is to step back and tune in. TimberNook staff maintains visual contact with participants, but may be out of arm’s reach. Staff allow participants the opportunity to build conflict resolution skills, but will step in when as required such as when safety is a factor.
- We expect participants to maintain visual contact of a TimberNook staff person, stay within the designated (unfenced) boundaries of our site, and manage their own basic needs (such as eating, drinking fluids and using the restroom).
- We understand that children are individuals and sometimes have varying abilities and unique needs. If your child requires additional support, please contact us to make a plan. If the participant requires 1:1 support to attend, you must provide the support person as we are unable to meet this level of supervision within the program.
We have one subsidized spot available courtesy of TimberNook Elgin and generous donors. Please contact us to apply, but please know that we cannot hold spots so the program may be full if your child is not selected for one of the subsidized spots. Please get in touch if you or someone you know would like to subsidize a spot.
If this program is full, please email us to be added to the waitlist [email protected]
Winter 2022 Wild Ones – TimberNook Elgin
Jan 19 - Mar 9
Times: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ages: 9 - 12
4220 Thomas Road, Port Stanley, ON N5L1J2
Capacity: 13 (4 spots left)
$250.00 per child