Leader since Winter 2018

Hi, my name is Mandy Swanson. I am a leader based in Springfield, MO

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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!

I am a mom of two boys age 5 and 10 and a 12 year old girl. I teach Early Childhood Special Education for the Springfield R-12 School District. I became a Tinkergarten leader to provide opportunities for families to share outdoor play-based learning experiences with each other and other families. Growing up in Southwest Missouri, I spent many days of my childhood outside exploring, wading in creeks, climbing, listening, picking blackberries and catching crawdads, frogs and fireflies. One of my fondest memories is making mud pies topped with daisies with my cousins on my grandparents’ farm. I am very excited to be starting my first season with Tinkergarten! I look forward to connecting with children, parents and caregivers during this upcoming session of classes!

- Mandy Swanson


Mandy Swanson has led classes in Nathanael Greene Park (Springfield, Missouri).