Leader since Spring 2017

Hi, my name is Erica Tyler. I am a leader based in Fuquay Varina, NC

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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!

Hi! I'm Erica and I live for family and the great outdoors. I have always felt happiest and most at home in nature. Growing up in North Carolina with its mild climate meant that I was able to spend at least a portion of just about every single day of the year outside. I was lucky to have parents that believed the key to happiness and good health was spending time outdoors, rain, sleet, or snow so my constant need to be outside was never squashed by weather. I have two children and have so enjoyed sharing my intense love of the outdoors with them. I believe in encouraging freedom and independence by approaching an experience with ideas, rather than plans and allowing my children to choose their work and play. One of my most cherished memories is from a very long morning spent at the park with my son who was around 2 at the time. He ran in the opposite direction of the play structure and very happily explored and tinkered for hours in a small area of dirt and overgrown brush. The joy he felt in discovering this patch of earth and overgrown weeds was so obvious and contagious. These are the moments I live for. I want to encourage parents to get their families outdoors, anywhere, no need for a jungle gym, and experience these simple yet magical moments with their children and other families. I feel so fortunate that being a Tinkergarten leader allows me to do just that. I can't wait to meet your family!

- Erica Tyler

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