Campers will bring a bag lunch. There will be a food preparation activity daily with locally grown fruits and vegetables. The emphasis will be on encouraging campers to explore with their senses, different textures, sights, smells, and tastes. The ultimate goal is to increase the child's food repertoire through having had multisensory experiences in a positive environment.
More About Camp
Nature Adventure Camp, LLC was developed by Marcia Goble, MS, OTR/L and Theresa Heck, MS, OTR/L to expand therapy and education services to the outdoors. Marcy and Theresa have over thirty years of individual experience as pediatric occupational therapists. They are the co-founders of Pediatric Therapy Specialists, Inc. which is a private practice providing occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology to children birth to twenty-one. Their staff has provided therapy services to school districts in Allegheny, Washington and Butler counties for 25 years, as well as their outpatient office in Robinson Township.
Nature Adventure Camp, LLC will be launched in the summer of 2016 at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is located at 799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA 15071. The Garden comprises 460 acres and is ten miles outside of the city of Pittsburgh. The Garden includes a woodland experience with three miles of groomed trails. A restored log cabin will provide an indoor space during inclement weather.
The program will be comprised of three 2 week summer day camps. The camp will run Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
June 13 - June 23, 2016 / 6-9 year olds
June 27 - July 8, 2016 / 10-13 year olds (substitute Friday July 8th for Monday July 4th)
July 11 - July 21, 2016 / 14-17 year olds
The program will incorporate the natural surroundings for the outdoor classroom as an alternative to the traditional indoor school classroom.
- Extended School Year (ESY) goals will be implemented into the daily activities.
- The activities align with the Pennsylvania Core Standards for Education.
- Data will be collected to document progress and a summary will be provided at the end of camp.
- The staff to camper ratio will be 1:2.
- Each two week session will host 16 campers.
- Staff will include licensed therapists in addition to trained camp staff.
Activities & Features
Outdoor Activities Hiking
Other Activities outdoor games simple food preparation from locally grown fruits and vegetables arts and crafts with materials found in nature for fine motor skill development journal writing
Location & Contact Information
Camp Address 799 Pinkerton Run Rd.
Oakdale, PA, 15071 USA
Winter Address 100 High Tower Blvd., #201
Pittsburgh, PA, 15205 USA
412-787-1180 (tel.) 412-787-1156 (fax.)