Leader since Summer 2016

Hi, my name is Michelle Laytner. I am a leader based in New York City, NY

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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!

When Michelle discovered Tinkergarten, it was like coming home. She grew up in Florida exploring tidal pools filled with the coolest sea creatures, as she happily lead a pack of little nieces and nephews on summer beach adventures. Moving to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, she hiked the Pioneer Valley trails and began working as an early childhood educator. Coming to New York City for her M.A. in Arts Education, she founded a youth theater company, and continued educating young children and even worked for a time at Sesame Street (which she affectionately refers to as ‘The Mother Ship.’) Now, as a happy mother of three children ages 6, 4 and 18 months, she and her family - equipped with magnifying glasses and ‘field expedition’ notebooks - can often be seen roaming the trails of Central Park, drawing the lessons that native New York wildlife can teach. Michelle believes that every walk can be an adventure and that every child is an explorer, not just of the outdoors but of the inner landscape of their budding personalities. Her greatest joy is to help children grow just a bit more into who they are meant to be. Michelle is honored to be part of the Tinkergarten family and looks forward to meeting you and your little one soon!

- Michelle Laytner


Michelle Laytner has led classes in Central Park: 93rd and CPW (Manhattan, New York), Central Park: 84th and CPW (Manhattan, New York), Morningside Park - 114th St (Manhattan, New York), Riverside Park Crab Apple Grove (Manhattan, New York), Central Park: 100th and North (Manhattan, New York), and Central Park: West 100th Street (Manhattan, New York).