Leader since Spring 2017

Hi, my name is Maya West. I am a leader based in Spokane, WA

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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!

One of my favorite quotes is "there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing". I believe that children (and adults) thrive in being outside as much as possible, in most weather conditions. Nature is a wonderful environment for rich sensory learning, building resilience, and improving motor functioning. When older generations look back at their childhoods, they often fondly recall the hours they spent outside playing in the woods, riding bikes with friends, and building forts. This most current generation of children does not have the same freedom for outdoor exploration that previous generations did. When I started having children it was important to me that those opportunities for exploration were still available to them, in whatever capacity our environment will allow. For us that means outdoor time daily, weekly hikes on trails, seeking out educational opportunities that focus on nature, etc. I also have a passion for early childhood development and allowing young kids to learn at their own pace and interest, largely through play. I am excited to bring my passion and experience in these areas to other families in Spokane, WA through Tinkergarten.

- Maya West


Maya West has led classes in Manito Park (Spokane, Washington) and John A. Finch Arboretum (Spokane, Washington).