If you care deeply about kids and the outdoors, and are an exceptional storyteller hungry for meaningful impact, we want to talk to you. Tinkergarten helps families get outside to make the most of their kids’ early learning years. Designed by education experts and loved by busy families throughout the United States, our play-based outdoor curriculum guides parents in raising healthy, confident, and capable kids. Through instructor-led and do-it-yourself programming that spans all four seasons, Tinkergarten makes purposeful outdoor play doable for every family—rain or shine.
Tinkergarten’s immediate Diversity Equity and Inclusion work includes the establishment and ongoing development of a volunteer Equity Advisory Team to further advance work we have done to date with the help of consultants and our existing staff. This new team will be comprised of engaged parents, Leaders (teachers), central staff, founders and experts.
Starting in September, 2020, our Equity Advisory team will meet virtually four times per year. We will review upcoming Tinkergarten seasonal programming with an aim to ensure we do all that we can to:
- Ensure that our curriculum and materials are culturally competent
- We represent and honor all types of learners and families over time
- Reflect voices underrepresented in early childhood and in outdoor education
- Support families with raising kids who are thoughtful about race and bias and who grow up to be allies of all people
We are looking for an Equity Advisor. The role will require 10 hours per quarter (20 hours per year) in live (online) discussions and offline work to review and give feedback on curriculum plans, documents and communication, and the Advisor will be compensated for their time.
An ideal person brings a background in early childhood, a passion for playful learning and a love of the outdoors. They also bring a deep understanding of and experience with developing culturally competent curricula and supporting a range of learners. We look to this advisor to guide and challenge us as we work hard to push on from where we are to:
- Continue to make lessons accessible to a wide range of learners
- Think even more critically about how the materials, scenarios and language in our lessons and the artifacts we create for teaching reinforce systems of oppression
- Look for more opportunities to amplify voices that are not included enough in early childhood learning and nature education
- Create more opportunities for even more authentic learning about race and becoming an ally for all people
At Tinkergarten, we are deeply committed to helping all families raise healthy, curious and capable kids through enriching outdoor experiences. That vision necessitates a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We’re committed to addressing the barriers that prevent families from fully benefiting from Tinkergarten experiences, and to doing our part to contribute towards making our world a more just and equitable place for all families, especially families from marginalized communities. Read Tinkergarten's full Equity Statement here