The Woodlands and Open Up Pittsburgh Put the Spotlight Creativity

The Woodlands Foundation, in partnership with Open Up Pittsburgh, have created a Mini-Musical Theater Production program to benefit participants with disabilities.  The program will span 10 weeks taking place from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at The Woodlands’ 52-acre campus in Wexford. During the workshops, participants age 22 and over will learn collaborative skills through theater games teaching improvisation, body awareness, vocal awareness, listening skills, and creative expression.


Open Up Pittsburgh founder, Tessa Karel, leads improvisational theater games for Woodlands participants.


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The Beaver County Times


Matt Weigand/For The Times Kenny Mercer, right, smiles while waiting for a hot-air balloon operated by Nostalgia Ballooning to take off at the Woodlands Foundation on Tuesday morning.

Camp inspires Beaver County teens with disabilities by enabling them with crafts, outdoors

By Kate Malongowski

BRADFORD WOODS — A Camp Inspire counselor described Gabby Tucker as a “chill” girl.

The 14-year-old from New Brighton was one of 20 campers who participated in Camp Inspire at the Woodlands last week, a sleep-away camp specifically for children who have tracheotomies or use ventilators.

It’s among a handful of camps across the country that provide special accommodations for kids like Gabby, who uses a wheelchair and recently had a spinal fusion.