Well Wilderness Kids

Provide your child the opportunity to connect with nature & other children in a therapeutic way! The Well Wilderness Therapeutic Nature Center offers programs for children of all ages & abilities, including private therapies, therapeutic playgroups, camps & more!

A growing body of research suggests that psychological and physical health improve for children when they spend time in nature on a regular basis. The Well Wilderness Kids Therapeutic Nature-Based Playgroups & Open Nature Play Hours allow children to benefit from nature from a developmental perspective, including but not limited to gross/fine motor skills, visual processing, tactile, & social-emotional. The goal is for each child to experience movement & therapeutic play through all of the senses.

Private nature-based therapies, including Physical, Occupational & Music, are offered for children of all ages & diagnoses. Therapy sessions are conducted in a variety of natural settings & incorporate natural elements into each individual treatment plan. An indoor clinic space is also available for inclement weather conditions. Inquire to Stephanie at stephanie@wellbelliesandbabies.com for more information and/or to schedule an appointment.

Parent Tot Playgroup
Connect with your little one while supporting their physical, emotional & social development. Activities will include gross motor play on swings/zipline, nature walks, train rides & farm animal interaction. The playgroup sessions are led by a pediatric Physical Therapist specialized in early child brain development, reflex integration & therapeutic touch.

The current 6-week session is open to all toddlers who are walking independently with their parent/caregiver. Registration is $120 for the full session or $25 for individual sessions (includes a nutritious snack).  Playgroup is scheduled for Tues mornings from 1030-1145am, April 18th РMay 23rd. Sessions are limited to 8 parent/child pairs.

Early Childhood Playgroup
This playgroup is designed for 3-6 year olds of all abilities to provide the opportunity to play in a manner that will foster development of physical, social & emotional skills in an environment that is therapeutically structured yet allows a child to naturally learn & interact within their own individual comfort level. Some of the activities will include creating art with nature, circle social time with nature stories/music, zipline/climbing/swinging, & therapeutic touch with animals.

Upon registration, you will be emailed an application & contacted by a Well Wilderness therapist to further discuss any other pertinent information regarding your child. The playgroup will be led by a pediatric Physical Therapist & Early Interventionist specialized in providing therapeutic intervention for children diagnosed with ADHD, autism & other sensory processing disorders. The therapeutic manner in which this group is conducted will allow a focus on the individual goals of each family for their child.

The current 6-week session will run Tues, April 18th РTues, May 23rd from 1-230pm. Each session is limited to 6 children to allow for a 2:3 therapeutic ratio.  Playgroup Registration fee: $300 for 6-week session; $55 for single sessions (includes a nutritious snack)

Farm-to-Table Feeding Groups
New this Spring!! This therapeutic program will focus on the playful & sensory-filled experiences of preparing, growing, & experimenting with nutritious foods! The groups are led by a pediatric Occupational Therapist with background in sensory-based feeding therapy along with a pediatric Physical Therapist who focuses on the importance of good nutrition for healthy brain development. Both therapists have a strong passion for educating families on how to incorporate whole foods into a child’s diet with emphasis on gut health & clean eating.

The Spring Feeding Groups will run Tues, April 18th – Tues, May 23rd. A Farm-to-Table Celebration is scheduled for the last week on Tues, May 23rd from 11:30-12:30pm for all to enjoy! Registration fee is $180 for the full 6-week session or $35 for individual sessions. Groups are limited to 6 children.

Parent-Tot Feeding Group (2-3 year olds): 9:30-10:30am
Early Childhood Feeding Group (4-6 year olds): 11:30-12:30pm

SPRING NATURE PROGRAMS

Open Nature Play Hour
Bring your family & friends to share an hour of open play connecting with nature and other families! Similar to “Open Gym” time, this hour will allow your family to explore & play in a therapeutic environment that provides the benefits of sensory integration & skill development.Join us Saturday, April 8th & 29th and Saturday, May 13th from 10:30-11:30am!

After-School Nature Club
Allow your elementary, middle-school & high school aged kids the opportunity to “unplug” & connect with nature in a therapeutic way. ¬†Activities will include nature craft creations, wood-working, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, fishing, archery, music therapy & more! The Club leaders include a pediatric Physical & Occupational Therapist who will incorporate therapeutic focus into all Club activities. Volunteer opportunities for students needing service hours & pre-professional/professional program student experience are available!

Join the Club for a 6-week session scheduled for Wed, April 19th – May 24th from 430pm-545pm. Registration is $90 per child for the full 6-week session or $20 per individual Club visit. Discounts offered for siblings!

Therapeutic Nature-Based Birthday Parties
An opportunity to provide your child & their friends with a unique nature experience to celebrate their special day! Birthday packages can be customized to include a 30-minute Music Therapy session & photographs taken throughout the party. We will help you create the theme of your choice!

Therapeutic Nature-Based Field Trips
An opportunity for school-age children to experience nature in a therapeutic way. We can customize your school’s field trip to meet your educational goals/needs.

Pre-register for all Playgroups, Open Nature Play Hours, Clubs & Classes at www.wellbelliesandbabies.com under the Schedule tab. Inquire to Stephanie at stephanie@wellbelliesandbabies.com with questions and/or to schedule your child’s birthday party or class field trip!

Come play with us!