TimberNook Camp at Gabis Arboretum

TimberNook summer day camp at Gabis Arboretum incorporates the fun and learning of a traditional camp experience with fewer transitions and increased opportunities for immersive sensory experiences.

Groups of up to 20 children, ages 4 to 12, live out grand-scale adventures designed to let children lead the creative direction, which promotes problem solving, self-reliance, greater social-emotional learning, and use of fine and gross motor skills in the most motivational setting at the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest.

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Questions? Contact TimberNook Northwest Indiana Director Erin Crews at erin.crews@timbernook.com.

Weekly Camp Options

Children will “live and breathe” the fantastical stories of Dr. Seuss in the wild. With the turn of each day comes a new story and adventure for children to recreate with friends! Expect jousts in the mud, creative construction, painting the vibrant colors of their emotions, and designing and starring in their own circus.

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June 7 to 11

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ages 4 to 9

Program Details

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 4-8, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings- please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.

This week is sensory extraordinaire. Children enjoy fantastic sensational adventures that are sure to challenge the mind, while fully engaging the senses at the same time! This year expect sensory based challenges and competitions to include creating  a giant water run, Flour tag, summer sledding, friendly muddy rivalry, and more!

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June 14 to 18

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages 7 to 12

Program Details

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 7 to 12, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings- please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.

This going wild adventure takes 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. Expect to build forts, search for treasure, make muddy messes, and become a gladiator if you so choose!

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June 21 to 25

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages 7 to 12

Program Details

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 7 to12, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings; please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.

During this program your child will be provided a stuffed animal to share in their outdoor adventures. Throughout Woodland Week, children create handcrafted items for their special friend, bringing them along for imaginative, sensational journeys. This week will inspire hours of creative play in the woods building dens, crafting boats, and having picnics with their pals, both stuffed and real.

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June 28 to July 2

9 a.m.. to 1 p.m.

Ages 4 to 8

Program Details

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 4 to 8, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings- please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.

Your child will collaborate with friends to create grand-scale works of art from scratch! They will have the opportunity to create their own “home away from home” in nature this week. Each day will pull in chances for art as they create their little oasis and dive deep into their imagination.

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July 12 to 16

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages 7 to 12

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 7 to 12, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings- please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.

Children will dive deep into their imaginations as they bring dramatic roles to life during this magical TimberNook program. Children are inspired to create their own magical spaces in the woods while channeling their inner woodland creature. Expect to hear about fairies, goblins and the like!

There will be plenty of mud, adventure, and skill building at this Porter County summer camp!

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July 19 to 23

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ages 4 to 8

Program Details

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 4-8, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings- please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9am-1pm. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.