Leader since Summer 2015

Hi, my name is Kerri Sheppard. I am a leader based in Belchertown, MA

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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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Whether it's a walk in the woods or a jaunt around the backyard, I believe that you can learn so many things just by being in nature. As an educator, I am always searching for those "teachable moments." The moments that just naturally occur and reveal themselves in a way that are appropriate for all learners, and nature never seems to disappoint. As a parent, I embrace these "teachable moments" and celebrate as I witness my child learn through the connections he is making with the natural world around him. As someone who loves being outdoors, I revel in the complexity and diversity nature offers. It truly has been one of the greatest joys in life to share my love of nature with my little one and to observe his developing love for the outdoors as well. I am extremely excited to join the amazing team of leaders and educators that make up Tinkergarten , and I can not wait to share the Tinkergarten "magic" with you.

- Kerri Sheppard


Kerri Sheppard has led classes in Groff Park (Amherst, Massachusetts) and Larch Hill Conservation Area (Amherst, Massachusetts).