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!
I was born and raised in a small town in Maine. My hometown had easy access to lakes, rivers, small mountains and forested areas. It was a great place to grow up and difficult to leave. Five years ago my family relocated to the Pacific NorthWest and I was surprised how quickly I fell in love with the area. The trees and mountains are taller (and you can find an espresso anywhere!) but it has a similar feeling to my upbringing. Since moving here, and having our second child, we have enjoyed exploring special places through the eyes of our children, aged 3 and 6, through hiking, trail running, canoeing, camping and exploring our local parks. As a parent, I really value these experiences and have seen first hand how little legs hiking a mountain can equate to a child's boost in confidence or being exposed to a "sub par" circumstance (like damp socks) or poor weather conditions can help develop grit and determination. Nothing can duplicate exploring the world with wonder and joy. Taking the time to do this with my children has been incredibly rewarding. My background is in social work and I've worked in a variety of settings with children and families and always enjoyed connecting and giving back to my community. Becoming a Tinkergarten leader is an exciting opportunity for my family and I am honored to be a part of this movement. I am looking forward to many adventures connecting kids with nature as a Tinkergarten leader! See you outside!
- Kate Bell
Kate Bell has led classes in Hovander Homestead Park (Ferndale, Washington).