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Outdoor Classes for Homeschool Kids in Glen Highlands

Healthy, educational fun for homeschooled kids. Outdoor, activity-based classes in local greenspaces in Glen Highlands.

Tinkergarten's play – based learning classes are the best way for homeschooled kids to experience the great outdoors in Glen Highlands during Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. At Tinkergarten, we are proud to be every family’s guide to purposeful outdoor play—created by education experts and loved by homeschooling families everywhere. Nearly one-third of Tinkergarten Leaders are actively or have homeschooled their children, and nearly the same portion of our families identify as homeschoolers.

Why our homeschooling families love Tinkergarten

  • Nature — Our classroom is nature, and the choice to school at home so often aligns with a desire for the best possible classroom.
  • Open Ended Learning — All of our activities are play-based, child-led and multi-age, matching nicely with the individual learning design a homeschooled child receives.
  • Eight Essential Skills — The program helps kids develop a strong foundation in 8 essential skills they’ll need to become capable, confident and creative learners.
  • Social — Our live programming, both in person and online, is interactive and designed to build strong class communities.
  • At–Home Curriculum — Homeschooling parents use our at-home activities and resources for grown-ups to keep purposeful play going all week long.

Join the other homeschool families in Glen Highlands today to play and learn outdoors together!

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Winter Season: Problem Solving

Tinkergarten In Person

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Learn outside with families in your community.
  • Joyful group learning in an inspiring natural setting.
  • Delightful classes in your local greenspace, with an expert Leader.
9 weekly sessions start the week of January 16th

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  • 9 live class sessions in a local greenspace
  • Led by an expert Tinkergarten Leader
  • Videos, activities, and resources support playful learning all week long
  • Proven protocols to keep learning safe and fun
  • Small class size (up to 15 children)
  • A seasonal map and Winter 2023/Problem Solving iron-on badge
  • Parent/guardian attends with child
  • Mixed-age classes for kids 1.5 to 8 years
$219 For This Winter Season

25% off for additional siblings

Special Event

Lantern Walk

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Join us for this magical annual tradition.

For the 10th-straight year, Tinkergarten families and friends will walk with homemade lanterns to welcome winter's darkness, celebrate, and connect.

Nov. 28 - Dec. 4

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  • Free and welcome to all who register!
  • ~ 60-minute event
  • Led by a Tinkergarten Leader
  • Bring your own lantern(s) and we'll supply the lights
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Try a Free Class

A convenient and super fun way to learn about our program, meet a Tinkergarten Leader, and experience how our classes work.

  • Enjoy a fun group activity with a certified Tinkergarten Leader.
  • Get a free sample activity guide to continue the play at home.
  • Learn about Tinkergarten’s unique approach to learning.
  • Take advantage of either trial format: In Person (in a local greenspace) or Anywhere (on-demand, from any connected device).
Home learn through outdoor play

Help Kids Thrive

Live, weekly sessions, an at-home curriculum, and a rich learning community make purposeful outdoor play doable for every family.
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Kids learn vital life skills, while grown-ups get the balance they need.
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Time outdoors for the whole family’s health, happiness, and connection to our planet.
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Expert guidance to support your child’s learning, every step of the way.

What Will Your Child Learn?

Our curriculum is designed to help kids develop 8 key skills. Skills build season after season while kids earn one-of-a-kind skill badges along the way!
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Our Unique Approach

For nearly a decade, we’ve honed our approach to helping kids become healthy, curious, capable learners.
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Nature at the core. Outdoors is the classroom. Creatures are our teachers. Mud and sticks are our tools, and every lesson deepens kids’ connection to nature.
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Irresistible invitations to play. Each lesson is engineered as an invitation to play that kids simply can’t refuse!
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Open-ended, child-led. Kids learn best when they lead the way. Plus, we help grown-ups support their child’s unique process.
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Part science, part wisdom. Every lesson combines early learning science with timeless wisdom about nature and childhood. It’s a magic combination.

Who Leads Tinkergarten?

Learn more about our Leaders
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Early education experience
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Continuous training
Christina molinaro

Christina Molinaro

Early Childhood & Elementary Educator

Flagstaff, AZ

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Bernadette mcgee

Bernadette McGee

Clinical Professional Counselor

Richmond, VA

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Stefanie ikeda

Stefanie Ikeda

Elementary School Teacher

San Francisco, CA

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Tinkergarten is the national leader in outdoor, play-based learning. We’re looking for new Leaders to bring purposeful outdoor play to your community! If you or someone you know would make a great Leader, let us know!

What Parents Have to Say

Average session rating = 4.9 of 5

Guadalupe

Tinkergarten has been the best experience for my son. He gets so engaged, and I understand what he gets out of his play experiences thanks to the program materials.

Jessica

We've enjoyed learning new things each season. We’ve been doing Tinkergarten for three years now and it's still so engaging to our kids.

Brandi

Every lesson always inspires creative play for hours and hours after Tinkergarten ends. I love that Tinkergarten is research based and truly brings out childhood play! Keep up the amazing work!

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