Valparaiso

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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TimberNook Northwest Indiana is located in a beautiful nook off-trail at the Gabis Arboretum in Valparaiso, Indiana. As a property of Purdue Northwest, they value the focus on nature, child development, and learning through play that TimberNook offers! This site offers children a rich variety 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 and woodland critters such as chipmunks and deer. Of course climbing fallen trees and jumping in mud puddles are sure to be favorite parts of a day at the arboretum.

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2022 Summer Camp Registration is open!! Lets Play the TimberNook Way!

Summer Camps

Castaways

May 30- June 3 7-12y/o 9am-3pm $325 SOLD OUT!

Barefoot&Buckets SOLD OUT!

June 13-17 4-7y/o 9am-1pm $220

Sensory Adventures

June 27-July 1 7-12y/o 9am-3pm $325 SOLD OUT!!!

Enchanted - Land of Oz

July 11-15 5-9y/o 9am-1pm $220

Storybook

July 25-29 4-7y/o 9am-1pm $220

Fall Tiny Ones

Adults attend with child. Ages walking-5/6. Babies and adults attend free.

September

2, 9, 16, 23

October

7, 14, 21, 28

November

4, 11

December

9

Registration opens August 1st

Timbernook Certified Provider
Your Certified Provider:
Erin Crews

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 305-304-8344


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The Team
Jenni Csenar

Speech Therapist

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Teresa Stack

First Steps Service Coordinator

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Stacey Stasko

School Occupational Therapist

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Erin Crews

OT/Owner/Director

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Kylee Ann Martin

OTD Student/Counselor

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Salina Montes

Special Education Teacher

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Available Programs

Field Trips – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 6 - 12

Dates: May 26

Times: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Capacity: 36

Price: $20.00 per child

Overview:

School Field Trips provide a unique opportunity for classes to experience outdoor learning and skill development through play. Our field trips can be customized according to your needs and are offered on flexible schedules. *Programs may vary based on location.
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Castaways – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Castaways – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 7 - 12

Dates: May 30 - Jun 3

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Capacity: 19

Price: $325.00 per child

Overview:

This program is sure to challenge your child’s survival instincts and imagination!  Stranded on a “deserted island,” children are provided with only the bare essentials to create their own little world in the woods. Each day is filled with adventure and excitement as the week unfolds! Programs may vary based on location
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Storybook – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Storybook – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 4 - 7

Dates: Jul 25 - Jul 29

Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Capacity: 22

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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Barefoot and Buckets – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Barefoot and Buckets – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 4 - 7

Dates: Jun 13 - Jun 17

Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Capacity: 25

Price: $220.00 per child

Overview:

This program recreates classic play experiences from days gone by. A truly sensory week for the youngest campers, Barefoot & Buckets offer days of wet and often messy adventures that leave your children excited and asking for more. Programs may vary based on location.
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Enchanted – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Enchanted – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 5 - 9

Dates: Jul 11 - Jul 15

Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Capacity: 22

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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Sensory Adventures – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Sensory Adventures – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Ages: 7 - 12

Dates: Jun 27 - Jul 1

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Capacity: 23

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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