Research Backed Outdoor Play

TimberNook provides nature-based, child-led play experiences that challenge the senses and inspire creativity, independence, and imagination in the great outdoors.



TimberNook programs are authentic and research-backed outdoor play experiences designed to inspire child-directed learning — encouraging children to think and play in new and creative ways.
With programs and providers located around the world, TimberNook is affecting the lives of children, their families, and their communities at large.

For Families

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For Providers

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Playing the Timbernook Way

TimberNook was designed as the vehicle to get children outdoors in sensory-rich experiences that inspire, restore, and challenge the mind and the body. We strive to be the “living example” of what real, authentic outdoor play should look like.

TimberNook is not your typical nature program. TimberNook programs intricately weave the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors with a thorough understanding of child development and alternative education. The result is a sensory play experience that supports every aspect of the growing child. We do this by skillfully staging and using the environment as inspiration for creative play opportunities.


TimberNook continues to grow with thousands of programs across 4 different countries that’s a lot of smiles.

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TimberNook began as an experiment in pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom’s own backyard. She was hoping to make a difference in her local community. Now, her experiment has become an amazing journey that is making a difference for children in communities across the world.

Author of Balanced and Barefoot, Angela Hanscom frequently attends Speaking Engagements around the world to speak on how outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children.