Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
How is TimberNook different from traditional outdoor programs?
Most nature programs set their focus on getting children outdoors and teaching them about the environment. TimberNook shifts the focus from how the child can help the environment to how the environment helps the developing child. At TimberNook, we view outdoor play as a form of preventive health care for children. The more they engage in child-directed learning and take reasonable risks outdoors, the more they are equipped to be successful in home and school environments.
Can I make money with a TimberNook program?
What do I receive for my TimberNook provider fee?
In addition to training, providers receive new program curriculum annually, marketing support, including fully branded point-of-sale packages, centralized registration through TimberNook.com, prominent listing on the TimberNook website, and management of all back-end operations from TimberNook.
How long will it take me to recoup my initial investment?
Will I have to compete with other local TimberNook providers?
Can just anyone become a TimberNook provider?
Do I have to be a therapist to own or run a TimberNook program?
Does TimberNook have to be a stand-alone business?
TimberNook can be combined with existing businesses–including schools, daycare centers, occupational therapy practices, and even other outdoor programs–or it can be a stand-alone business opportunity.
Do I have to develop my own curriculum?
One of the many benefits of TimberNook is that our team of curriculum developers design highly-creative and never-done-before curriculum every year for TimberNook providers. These curricula are adaptable across a wide-range of locations and are provided as part of your programming fee.
What does a typical day at TimberNook look like?
Does TimberNook only operate in the summer?
What ongoing support is available for providers?
Do I have to own land?
Do I need insurance?
What makes TimberNook different from a Forest Kindergarten and/or a Nature preschool?
Can I receive Continuing Education Units while training for TimberNook?
Yes, you can receive Continuing Education Units as a teacher or as an occupational therapist. Teachers can receive non-specified credit for TimberNook training activities. For Occupational Therapists, TimberNook is an AOTA Approved Provider #11692 and is authorized to offer the designated AOTA CEUs and Corresponding contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Through our varied training techniques, TimberNook Providers will be able to:
Identify current trends in educational and social environments that have led to a decline in the occupation of outdoor play.
Prepare and evaluate outdoor environments and communicate the therapeutic benefits of sensory rich play experiences in nature.
Define terminology necessary for understanding and implementing the TimberNook approach to outdoor play.
Demonstrate an understanding of how to inspire child-directed play opportunities outside and why this type of play is essential to healthy development.
Observe behavior patterns in children and implement appropriate behavioral interventions in alignment with best practices of the program.
Progress through the necessary processes to successfully launch, market, and grow an independently owned business that espouses the therapeutic values of the TimberNook program.