Leader since Winter 2018

Hi, my name is Lauren Smith. I am a leader based in Rockford, IL

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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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I grew up in a very small town in a rural area, so exploring outdoors was an enormous part of my childhood. I love that TInkergarten gives children that same opportunity to freely explore within a safe, natural setting- regardless of where they live! I have a degree in Psychology and a certificate in Montessori Early Childhood Education. In the past few years, I've worked with children with special needs, taught in a Montessori classroom for 3-6 year olds, and worked as a tutor. Currently, I work as a nanny and as the nursery director at my church, in addition to running Tinkergarten classes.

- Lauren Smith


Lauren Smith has led classes in The Unitarian Universalist Church Grounds (Rockford, Illinois).