Is It Your Turn To Lead?


No Teaching Experience Necessary

Active community members lead Tinkergarten® everywhere. If you are creative, entrepreneurial, and value play, learning and the outdoors, you can bring this exceptional experience to families in your own community. You’ll be part of a team, we’ll train, support, and give you all you need to be successful.

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Contribute Meaningfully

Life is too short not to love the work you do. Enrich your community, teach others how to become better parents, and give kids the kind of childhood they deserve.

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Make a Rewarding Living

Who says you can’t “do well” while doing good? Earn money while you reap the intrinsic benefits of helping others.

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Receive Extraordinary Training

Comprehensive live online and in-person training, peer support and ongoing 1 to 1 coaching. Topics in early childhood development, social science, marketing and much more.

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Tinkergarten® Leaders share their experience
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“I’ve got a whole new definition of what work can be. I spend my time helping kids and parents in my community, and I’m learning more about myself than I ever have. I’m outdoors more, I get exercise, get messy and laugh, and my son tags along with me—I can’t believe I get paid to do this!”

Beth Ashley

Tinkergarten Leader, Brooklyn, NY
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Do you have what it takes to be a Tinkergarten Leader?

  • You a creative, connecting, entrepreneurial person.
  • You are committed to bringing back unbridled, outdoor play to childhood.
  • You know learning begins with creating, experimenting, and tinkering.

Leadership is rewarding — in more ways than one

Though people typically lead because helping kids is rewarding in it’s own right, Tinkergarten® Leaders also earn financial rewards. Leaders earn a stipend for every class they teach plus bonuses for each new enrollee.

What's your goal?

# of classes Earning Potential Hours/week
I want to lead a class with my friends and bring my child. 1 Earn some extra cash while I get to do meaningful work. 2
I’ve got a flexible schedule and want a part time commitment. 3-5 Cover childcare or other significant expenses, save for something special, or add to our vacation fund. 6-10
I see a real opportunity to bring this service several locations in my region. 12 or more Create a busy weekly schedule and build a business with Tinkergarten®. 25+

Becoming a Leader

  1. Submit our 5-minute application. If it seems like a good match, we’ll schedule an initial call.
  2. Complete an efficient process, become a Certified Tinkergarten® Leader*, and receive your starter kit.
  3. Participate in a comprehensive training process online and on ground, with a group of peers in other communities.
  4. Use our online leader tools to set a schedule and location for your classes.
  5. Market your classes, enroll families, customize your curriculum, and lead your first season. We’re with you all the way.
  6. Size your Tinkergarten® business to fit your life—lead one class or grow your business in a wider geographic region.

*Tinkergarten® Leader Certification requires a $299 investment (charged after you have been approved). You get:

  • Tinkergarten® training and certification.
  • Starter kit with essential gear and materials for running your classes (a $299 value which you’ll make back in your first class).
  • Access to online leader tools to create, manage, and customize your classes.
  • Access to automated marketing tools to help you easily fill your classes.
  • Your own Tinkergarten webpage for marketing your own classes.
  • Online enrollment to accept secure credit card payments for your enrollments.
  • Insurance for running your own local classes.
  • Ongoing mentorship, training, insurance, and strategic business support.
  • Peer support from an active online community of Tinkergarten leaders everywhere.
  • Curriculum packs: Each season, leaders who meet minimum enrollment thresholds receive free “booster packs” for each class that contains essential materials designed for use with that seasons’ curriculum.


The Starter Kit

When you attain Tinkergarten® Leader Certification, we’ll send you a Starter Kit with all the gear and materials you need to start leading classes.

Join today, and have a bigger impact on tomorrow

We’re taking Tinkergarten® to kids and families in every community. As a pioneering leader, you’ll have a unique opportunity to help shape a fast growing movement to take back childhood and bring the best early childhood education to anyone, anywhere!

“As parents, we all want our kids to be creative, capable, well-balanced and ready to lead. Tinkergarten leaders are the people who choose this work and make that magic happen every day. We are proud, grateful and continually awe-inspired by our leaders—they are the reason why kids everywhere ask “Is it Tinkergarten today?”

Meghan Fitzgerald

Tinkergarten Founder
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