“The beauty of the natural world lies in the details.” - Natalie Angier Author, Scientist & Pulitzer Prize Winner
Are you really outside all the time? What about bad weather?
There is an old Norwegian saying, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!" The beauty of a nature immersion program such as Timber Creek, is that it teaches young people the value of all the seasons, rain or shine. As long as they are dressed appropriately (we have a specific dress code for certain times of the season) no one complains about the weather! Remember, it's GERMS that cause illness, not rain or snow! That being said, Timber Creek has multiple covered areas where we typically eat lunch, play instruments, read nature stories and sometimes take shelter in a downpour.
How many children are in each class?
We keep our class sizes very small. Each session or camp has a maximum of 7 children per teacher. This allows us to be able to notice each child's unique gifts, talents and weaknesses which enables us to help each child on an individual level while keeping everyone engaged.
How does a young person learn if they are outside all day?
The opportunities for rich, deep learning and understanding is plentiful in nature! Young people are exceptionally curious and learn best when they are learning in an interest-led and experiential manner surrounded by other young people and a supportive adult. Each day they naturally encounter and resolve complex problems, use reasoning skills (why), learn science (plants, animals and health), use and hear enhanced language and communication (lots of talking, asking questions and interacting) and see and enact empathy (care of animals, environment, self and others). Most importantly, they constantly use their imaginations in nature, work cooperatively and must be mindful of their actions at all times. This builds an amazing amount of confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness.
Can my autistic or special needs child attend Timber Creek?
Timber Creek has a special interest in supporting neurodiversity. Roughly 30% of our students are on the autism spectrum, have speech delay, ADD or ADHD and a number of other diagnosis. It is our belief that our society will never be whole and functioning without accepting all people, regardless of their differences. We accept all young people that have the ability to learn our 3 guiding principles.