Hope Farms Project is located in the wide-open spaces of Elbert County, Colorado and is just a short drive from Parker and Aurora. On these high plains of Colorado, we have sensational views of the Front Range that extend from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak and beyond!
Hope Farms offers 40-acres of open rolling pastures. It is a farm-based environment that is home to an incredible array of both friendly barnyard animals and interesting exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued. These animals are now an essential part of our animal assisted programs. Hope Farms also offers hands on gardening experiences, a heated barn, nearly 2,400 square feet of indoor program space for expressive art experiences, and a relaxing, restorative coffee shop with free Wi-Fi.
THIS SUMMER, Hope Farms is proud to include TimberNook programming among its offerings. TimberNook is a sensory rich, outdoor program that offers creative, large scale play experiences to children. Our gorgeous, sensory rich, natural setting will be just the place for children to partake in experiences designed to challenge the mind, body, and senses. We believe that the transformative and restorative nature of TimberNook programming is a cohesive match for the mission and vision of the Hope Farms Project. For more information about each week of TimberNook programming that will be offered, and how to register your child(ren) for these unique and exciting grand scale play experiences, please see the complete program descriptions.
Gianna joins TimberNook Denver Metro with a wealth of knowledge on the benefits of nature-based play for children. She recently completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work and received a certificate in Animal-Assisted Social Work from the University of Denver. Gianna is passionate about working with children, animals and nature, as well as cutting loose through creative play and movement. Many days you’ll find her plopped down in the pigpen, getting her daily dose of “Vitamin P” from our pigs. It’s hard to tell who likes the belly rubs more, Gianna or the pigs! She enjoys spending her free time out in nature, hiking with her rescue Gracie and horseback riding.
Gianna brings a passion and sense of humor to her work which inspires children and youth to play and explore their untapped potential. She is a big fan of impromptu dance parties and impersonations of the farm animals. She loves the creativity that the farm environment inspires. She believes that there are very few things in life that can’t be solved with a little imagination, duct tape and baling twine! She believes that nature and animals can be our greatest teachers because they promote kindness, responsibility and vulnerability. As an academic, she knows there is a growing body of research to support this. As a social worker she’s witnessed her clients reach their fullest potential through animal and nature-based interventions. Gianna is excited to bring her wealth of academic, professional and personal experience to the TimberNook Program!