2. Farmhouse (Administrative Offices)
This 100-year-old structure served as the former home of J.J. Nordman, the former burgess of Bradford Woods. The Farmhouse now hosts the Woodlands' administrative offices.
Our maintenance facility is fully equipped to care for the Woodlands' various resources. A small but dedicated staff works year-round to frame the natural beauty of our 32-acre campus.
4. Club House
The Club House is home to the AIU3 LIFE at the Woodlands Transition Program. In addition to a fully stocked kitchen, the Club House has a game room featuring foosball, air hockey, a widescreen TV, and more.
5. Health Center
Staff nurses are available to counsel participants and provide first aid as needed in our modern Health Center.
6. Retreat/Programs Office
The fully accessible Retreat Office is where the year-round Program Staff have their offices and where they conduct Intake Interviews.
Below is a photo of the parking area for the Retreat Office. When arriving at the Woodlands, ook for the red structure at the top of the hill!
7. Outdoor Amphitheater
The wooded setting of the Amphitheater provides excellent acoustics in a serene environment for concerts, lectures and other events. A fully accessible path leads participants to a tiered seating area with wide platforms that accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
8. Dining Hall
When it’s time for hungry campers to share a meal, they head to the Woodlands Dining Hall for hearty dining with the camaraderie and companionship of other participants. The hall seats 100 people and is used to prepare three meals a day during summer camps and weekend retreats. It is also used for special events, conferences and dinner meetings.
9. Quad Pavilion/Patio
The Quad Pavilion welcomes all visitors and campers onto the main campus. With its soaring architecture of geometric steel beams and canvas canopy, the Pavilion captures the spirit of the Woodlands motivational concept -- to "Imagine the Possibilities." Underneath the Pavilion is a large gathering area where participants can relax and sing in front of a beautiful, hand-built masonry fireplace. The patio also accommodates a large stage used by campers for summer musicals and plays.
10. Reinert Lodge
The lodging units and main corridor of Reinert Lodge provide a backdrop for the introduction of lifetime friendships. The Lodge is a comfortable residential facility with 6 individual units with 8 participant beds one 1 counselor bed in each unit. All units are equiped with a full washer and dryer as well as adapted bathrooms, showers, and sinks. A central corridor separates male and female quarters and serves as a gathering place where campers share stories and laughter.
11. Aquatics Center
The large indoor Aquatics Center features programs specifically designed for individuals with special needs. Aquatics allow freedom of movement that some participants would never experience outside of the water. Trained instructors and special equipment enable participants to enjoy the benefits of aqua therapy in a safe and secure environment.
12. Activity Center
The sounds of music, laughter, and instruction, as well as the roar of healthy competition from around a foosball table, can often be heard from the multi-purpose Activity Center. The space houses a dramatic brick fireplace and a kitchen that is used to teach basic cooking skills. Participants can relax at the end of the day in front of the large television, or just enjoy the company of friends in this inviting place.
13. Arts & Crafts Room/Computer Center
In this split-access building that houses the Arts and Crafts Room and the Computer Learning Center, children and adults express themselves through art and develop computer skills. Each room is fully equipped to accommodate the needs of participants both young and old, and encourages them to pursue creative and technological interests.
14. Counselor Dormitory
The all-season Dormitory is a home away from home for our hard-working counselors, and additionally serves as an ideal location for weekend retreats. A common area equipped with a television and refrigerator is adjacent to the men’s and women’s wings, and a large attached deck can be used for weekend retreats and casual meetings.
15. Golf Course: “No Handicap" Golf Club
The “No Handicap” Golf Club is a par-3 adapted golf course specifically designed to provide children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn, play and appreciate the game of golf. The only facility of its kind in the region, the 9-hole course offers a unique experience for individuals learning the game of golf, or returning to the game after a setback from injury or illness. In addition to traditional golf, the facility also offers disc golf. Click here for more information about our Golf Program.
16. “Jewel in the Woods” Meditation Center
The Julie Clakeley Memorial Center for the Spirit responds to participants’ needs for a peaceful gathering place for contemplation, meditation and celebration. This award-winning building embraces the environmental concepts of earth, water, fire, and spirit, and features a fireplace, fountain and unique circular design with windows that open it to light and sun in all directions.
17. Sports Court
The Sports Court is the center of many different team and individual activities, including track and field events, basketball and other sports. The area is fully wheelchair-accessible and is used thoroughly, by participants of all ages, for recreation, team building and sports instruction.
18. Wellness and Fitness Center
Newly opened in February 2010, the Wellness and Fitness Center offers a variety of fitness options, including: arthritis, senior, and children's fitness classes; open gym time; and classes aimed at building core strength, balance, flexibility, and range of motion. Click here for more information on Fitness.
The opportunity to commune with nature is a highlight of the Woodlands' grounds. Our wheelchair-accessible Nature Trail meanders gently through the woods, terminating at an overlook. A cozy campground with ten wheelchair-accessible platforms includes a fire pit, providing the perfect setting for roasting marshmallows and dreaming under the stars.
Campers also have the opportunity to engage in the centuries-old sport of archery in the adapted Archery Field. A covered practice area and netted target area ensure the safety and security of participants and instructors.
(1.) The Gatehouse Program
The Gatehouse Program, which was established by the Spina Bifida Association of Western PA in 1991, provides a safe, structured, and supportive environment for individuals with spina bifida and other disabilities to successfully make the transition into adult life. Following high school graduation, young adults live at the Gatehouse while receiving vocational, educational, life skills and wellness training. The Gatehouse can accommodate up to 14 young adults at a time, and is a totally accessible modern facility that contains all the amenities of home, including a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, dining room, study area with computers and a living room.