Leader since Fall 2016

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

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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 upstate New York with a backyard that extended into the woods. As a child, my sister and I ran free, exploring every inch of the nearby forest. We found trees that we made into hide-outs, built bridges out of logs over the swamps, caught frogs and their tiny tadpole babies, and pushed snow aside to ice skate on ponds we'd discovered. As a mom in New York City, I embrace the diverse, cultural exposure my children enjoy, but want to provide a chance for them to explore and appreciate nature. I think getting your hands dirty is a necessary part of childhood. I am excited to bring Tinkergarten to children in Harlem and delight in this opportunity to help all of us get messy with our kids.

- Vicki Messler


Vicki Messler has led classes in Morningside Park - 114th St (Manhattan, New York), Central Park: 100th and North (Manhattan, New York), and Central Park - The Great Hill (Manhattan, New York).