Valparaiso, Indiana

TimberNook Northwest Indiana is tucked into the beautiful Gabis Arboretum in Valparaiso, Indiana. Children will explore the sensory aspects of nature, challenge their bodies and their minds, and develop confidence and lasting friendships through our innovative, inclusive, nature immersive camps. Each program is designed to inspire, enchant, and bring their imaginations to life. Based on the principles from the book "Balanced and Barefoot", children are given time, space, and inspiration to immerse themselves in deep and meaningful play. Rather than directing creativity and play schemes as most programs do; TimberNook provides 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. As a result of this transformative method children try new things, practice conflict resolution, improve gross and fine motor skills, all while engaging in exciting adventures of their own design!

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Overview

Purdue University Northwest owns the Gabis Arboretum, previously known as Taltree Arboretum. This vast 300 acre property boasts landscapes from wetlands to woodlands, and they are excited to host TimberNook programs for the first time in our region! This site offers children a rich variety of elements from wetlands, streams, and heavily wooded areas with trails, to specially designed features such as the adventure garden. Wildflowers abound and children will keep their eyes peeled to spot nesting birds, woodland critters such as chipmunks, and even deer. Of course climbing fallen trees and jumping in mud puddles are sure to be favorite parts of a day at the arboretum.

Keep your eyes peeled for fall program updates as well as information on birthday parties!

SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS: Registration is open

Storybook: Dr. Seuss Adventures 9am-1pm 6/7-6/11 Ages: 4-8 Storybook***SOLD OUT***

Sensory Adventures: Sensational Challenges 9am-3pm 6/14-6/18 Ages: 7-12 SensoryAdventures***SOLD OUT***

Going Wild: A Week of Wild 9am-3pm 6/21-6/25 Ages: 7-12 GoingWild

Friends In the Wild: Woodland Friends 9am-1pm 6/28- 7/2 Ages: 4-8 and FriendsInTheWild

Extreme Art: Creative Cottages 9am-3pm 7/12-7/16 Ages: 7-12 ExtremeArt

Enchanted: Wild and Whimsical 9am-1pm 7/19-7/23 Ages: 4-8 Enchanted

Cost to attend:

$325 full day 9am-3pm

$220 1/2 day 9am-1pm

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Summer camps and year round programs are excellent alternative learning and field trip opportunities for homeschool families!

We are listed on TheHomeSchoolMom: TheHomeSchoolMom Homeschooling Resources

Timbernook Certified Provider
Your Certified Provider:
Erin Crews

Email: erin.crews@timbernook.com

Phone: 305-304-8344


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Stacey Stasko

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Erin Crews

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Available Programs

Going Wild – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 7 - 12

Dates: Jun 21 - Jun 25

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Price: $325.00 per child

Overview:

This classic TimberNook program is for older children who enjoy taking play to a whole new level through collaborative, creative, and sensory-immersive experiences with friends new and old.  We guarantee a week full of adventure, games, and surprises! Programs may vary based on location.
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Extreme Art – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 7 - 12

Dates: Jul 12 - Jul 16

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Price: $325.00 per child

Overview:

Your child will collaborate with others to create grand-scale works of art from scratch! If you believe your child will enjoy art experiences embedded in child-led play, then this is the program for them! Programs may vary based on location.
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Friends in the Wild – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 4 - 8

Dates: Jun 28 - Jul 2

Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Price: $220.00 per child

Overview:

During this program, your child will bring a stuffed animal from home to share in their outdoor play adventures. Children will have the opportunity to create handcrafted items for their special stuffed friend and bring them along for imaginative, sensational journeys.  This week will inspire hours of creative play! Programs may vary based on location.
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Storybook – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 4 - 8

Dates: Jun 7 - Jun 11

Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Capacity: 18

Price: $220.00 per child

Overview:

One of most popular programs, young children “live and breathe” stories out in the wild.  With the turn of each day, comes a new story and adventure for the children to recreate with friends! Programs may vary based on location.
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Sensory Adventures – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 7 - 12

Dates: Jun 14 - Jun 18

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Capacity: 16

Price: $325.00 per child

Overview:

This week is sensory extraordinaire.  Children will enjoy fantastic sensational adventures that are sure to challenge the mind, while fully engaging the senses at the same time! Programs may vary based on location.
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Enchanted – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 4 - 8

Dates: Jul 19 - Jul 23

Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Capacity: 15

Price: $220.00 per child

Overview:

Children will dive deep into their imaginations as they bring dramatic roles to life during this popular TimberNook program.  This week is sure to inspire and create lasting memories for years to come. Programs may vary based on location.
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