Leader since Summer 2016

Hi, my name is Valentine Hemingway. I am a leader based in Pacific Grove, CA

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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 grew up frolicking in forests out our backdoor in Virginia and upstate New York, collecting acorns, running along deer paths, and marveling at how snails move. Degrees in anthropology and ecology, careers as a nanny, massage therapist, farm laborer, development director, and an inordinate amount of time catching frogs, ill prepared me for becoming a parent. I have spent the past seven years recapturing the pure, unstructured play for my children that I enjoyed as a child. I adore discovering the wonders and joy of the natural world with humans of all ages.

- Valentine Hemingway