Leader since Fall 2016

Hi, my name is Ami Manwaring. I am a leader based in Atascadero, CA

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About Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!

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My childhood was spent playing in a forest at the end of my street, where I would build forts, swing on vines, and climb trees with the neighborhood kids. Growing up in North Carolina, I visited the blue ridge parkway often and hiked the Appalachian Trail with my grandpa. My love of travel took me west to study social work and earn my master's degree. I landed on the central coast of California and have raised four boys here over the last 13 years. The beautiful beaches and mountains allow me to pursue my numerous hobbies: hiking, biking, paddle boarding and yoga. As a therapist, I love listening to everyone's story and believe that we all have a light to shine. Nature is so healing for the body and mind and getting families outside having fun is something that I am extremely passionate about. I look forward to bringing Tinkergarten to the central coast of California.

- Ami Manwaring


Ami Manwaring has led classes in Cuesta Park (San Luis Obispo) (San Luis Obispo, California), Atascadero Lake Park (Atascadero, California), and Heilmann Regional Park (Atascadero, California).