Free Trial Class Offered June 22 on Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education classes through Tinkergarten are now available in Cold Spring and Beacon. Local leader Kim Chase will offer a free trial class for children 18 months through 5 years from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at the West Point Foundry Preserve in Cold Spring. Tinkergarten is a unique grassroots effort that brings early childhood education to local green spaces in communities around the country. Tinkergarten classes are brought to life by active parents in the community who love the idea of their kids learning skills that matter through outdoor play-based activities.

Meghan and Brian Fitzgerald started Tinkergarten as a side project sparked by their desire to ensure their own kids could experience the unbridled, outdoor play that they enjoyed as children.

Chase, the local Tinkergarten leader for Cold Spring and Beacon, has taught environmental science education for over 10 years. She taught animal behavior, biology and wildlife conservation to children and adults at the Bronx Zoo and served as the science education coordinator for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She is also a musician and brings a musical element to her classes. She lives in Cold Spring and has two young children.

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