Tinkergarten Program offers outdoor classes for kids 18 months to 8 years

2018 winter tinkergarten session at hovander park source katie bell
Students make 'petal potions' during a 2018 winter Tinkergarten session at Hovander Homestead Park. Photo courtesy of Katie Bell
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Ferndale resident Katie Bell has undertaken making Tinkergarten classes available to locals and they the summer sessions will begin next month.

Tinkergarten was formed in 2015 and is a provider of outdoor early childhood education emphasizing learning through play in the outdoors.

Bell, a Ferndale resident with a background in social work, is mother to 2 young children who she often takes on hikes and other outdoor excursions. “Nothing can duplicate exploring the world with wonder and joy. Taking the time to do this with my children has been incredibly rewarding,” Bell said.

“I am really passionate about getting kids connected with nature and giving them opportunities to learn and grow through child-driven play,” Bell said.

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According to Bell, Tinkergarten sessions follow an expert-designed play scenario that, according to the company’s website, “allows children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate and create together.”

Parents and guardians accompany their children during the sessions and 1 adult can accompany up to 3 children.

Bell led the first classes at Hovander Homestead Park this past winter.

Bell said there will be a free class Tuesday, June 26th, at Hovander Homestead Park from 10am to 11:15am so parents can check out the program. A summer series of classes are scheduled at Hovander Homestead Park for every Tuesday between July 10th through August 14th. Cost is $105 per student for 6 classes.

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Interest parents and guardians are advised to visit Bell’s page on the company website for more information and to sign up.

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