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Kids in Vegetable Farm

Wild Wisdom Play

Nature-inspired classes and events for children to learn through play, connecting with their treasured adults in the healthiest classroom of all—outdoors.

TINKERGARTEN is a nationally recognized curriculum thoughtfully designed for 2 to 8 year-olds.

NATURE BABIES PEACEFUL PLAY provides a nurturing environment for little ones ages 6 to 36 months.

LANTERN WALKS annual Fall events, free and open to the community, celebrating the wisdom of nature, community, light and hope.


sweet and simple nature themed songs and activities for your little Explorer to celebrate their special day with family and friends.

About your child's teacher, 'Miss Renee'

As a parenting coach and educator bringing families together for over twenty years, and leading Tinkergarten classes in the eastern Monroe County and surrounding areas since 2018, nothing gives me more joy than helping families appreciate each other and the natural world around them. Let’s play!

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Registration for Summer Tinkergarten Classes is Open Now!
Click the REGISTRATION Button below for Class Locations, Schedules and Details. 

Tinkergarten is our expert-designed program is created by educators to spark deep learning through play. Over the past decade, we've honed our unique approach to help kids become healthy, curious, creative and caring learners with lessons that are part science - part wisdom, open-ended, child-led, irresistibly playful, with nature at its core. Each Season, we help children to develop one of our 8 core skills kids need to become curious, capable learners who can contribute to their world.


Flexibility is the name of the game this SUMMER. With 11 classes on various days and times over a five-week period, families can choose a single class drop-in, a class pack of at least 7 dates for more savings; or sign up for the whole season for the lowest rate! Class dates are June 17, 21,25, 27, July 1, 5, 7, 10, 13, 16 and 20.

This season, we focus on kids' sensory development as central to how we experience the world, how we behave and how we learn. Nature truly is the ideal sensory environment - calming, constantly changing, and stimulating to all of our senses in perfect balance. Each lesson is designed to help children become aware of, strengthen and balance their senses, all through enriching outdoor play. In Lessons 1-5 we'll activate our senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Lessons 6-8 focus on integrating multiple senses and introduce two 'hidden' senses that have a major impact on how kids feel and learn - the vestibular system and proprioception. Lessons 9-11 are designed to help us explore all our senses for a 'sense' of Wonder and Joy!
I hope your family will join us and as we celebrate summer and make new connections - all in joyful play outdoors.

MON     JUNE 17         03:30 – 04:45 PM       POWDER MILLS PARK         NATURE NECTAR

FRI         JUNE 21         10:00 – 11:00 AM         ELLISON PARK                        MUD SENSATION

TUE       JUNE 25         10:00 – 11:00 AM         HIGHLAND PARK                  FOLLOW YOUR NOSE

THU       JUNE 2          03:30 –04:45 PM         BULLIS PARK                           SUMMER SYMPHONY

MON     JULY 1             10:00 – 11:15 AM           GENESEE VALLEY PARK    SENSING COLOR

FRI         JULY 5            10:00 – 11:15 AM           POWDER MILLS PARK         HEAVY WORK

SUN      JULY 7             03:30 – 04:45 PM       MENDON PONDS                EVERY WHICH WAY

WED      JULY 10          03:30 – 04:45 PM       BULLIS PARK                           KEEP YOUR COOL

SAT        JULY 13           10:00 – 11:15 AM           HIGHLAND PARK                  SENSING WONDER

TUE       JULY 16            10:00 – 11:15 AM          GENESEE VALLEY PARK     BUBBLE JOY

SAT        JULY 20          10:00 – 11:15 AM           POWDER MILLS PARK         FALL FOR AUTUMN            


SEASON PASS                 (ALL 11 CLASSES) @$15/CLASS                                           $165.00

DROP-IN                           SINGLE CLASS                                                                            $25.00

CLASS PACK                    (Pre-register drop-in for any 7 or more*)                             $50.00 DISCOUNT

*Class dates are transferable.

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Policies and FAQ

Do you offer free trials? 

Families are encouraged to try a free trial class to see if Tinkergarten is a good fit for their child. Children younger than 2 are encouraged to attend our less structured Nature Babies Play Group but are welcome to attend Tinkergarten class with an older sibling, at no additional cost. Older children are  welcome if after a trial class the child enjoys the experience and their Guide feels it is appropriate.

To attend a regular season class as a trial, families must register at least 2 days prior to attending.

Do you offer any discounts?

     Yes. Sibling Discount: A second child in the same family may enroll at a 30% discount. A 60% discount will be applied for a third child from the same household.

Can siblings attend? 

     Siblings under 24 months of age may attend at no cost. Older siblings may attend up to two classes free due to school holidays or other scheduling issues. Guides are asked to notify the teacher asap so they can prepare any additional necessary materials.

How do you foster a safe learning environment during class?

     A comfort station will be available at each class which can be accessed by any adult. Comfort Station will include:

  • First Aid Kit, Hand Sanitizer, Child-friendly insect repellent and sunscreen

  • Hand washing station with hypoallergenic, environmentally safe soap, water and bandanas for drying

The teacher will do her best to police the play area before class for any environmental hazards left by humans. Please understand that evidence of wild animals is always a factor in playing outdoors but we do our best to minimize those.

Safety Guidelines

     Explorers (children) can explore on their own as long as they can still see or hear their guide or the Leader.

If explorers are taking physical risks, we check in to make sure that they feel sturdy and safe in their risk-taking.

     Leaders encourage children to engage in risky play, but give clear redirection if or when safety and the safety of friends in the class could be compromised. For example, we celebrate using natural elements like sticks, stones and soil in our play. We can remind explorers to give our sticks plenty of space so they do not touch our friends' bodies. We also encourage explorers and give them language to establish and maintain boundaries around their own personal space.

     We know our youngest learners naturally explore their environment with their mouths. We make every effort to ensure that provided materials are safe and to monitor their play along with Guides. If a wee one is attempting to put something unsafe in their mouth, we work with their guide to try to direct that natural inclination in the safest way possible.

     Many of our play materials must be used by multiple explorers. Since true sharing is not a developmental expectation for many of our Explorers, we embrace taking turns and encourage problem solving to avoid or resolve conflict. We empathize with big feelings of disappointment and intervene only when we see safety may be a concern.

Health Guidelines

     Explorers and Guides (parents) are prompted to use the hand washing station prior to snack and reflection time but are welcome to access that whenever needed.

     Guides are asked to please not attend if they are their Explorer are experiencing fever or other flu-like symptoms. We do not require proof of vaccination nor require (but do deeply appreciate) being advised if you or your Explorer test positive for Covid or flu within a few days after a class.

What happens when there is stormy weather? 

     Classes are held rain or shine. Conditions that would require postponement/cancellation or ending class early are lightning, high winds, hail, icing, flooding of the class site, and temperatures (adjusted for wind chill) below 10 degrees.

     Decisions to hold class are determined by the teacher using local weather guidance. Weather related delays or cancellation will be communicated to families by email and text message at least 90 minutes before class time.

     If a class cannot be held as scheduled due to unsafe weather conditions or unavailability of the teacher, class will normally be rescheduled to the following week, effectively extending the end date of the season.


     If a refund is requested BEFORE the season of classes begins, families can receive a full refund or credit towards a future class.

     If a refund is requested AFTER the season of classes begins, families can receive a refund of half of the value of the remaining sessions in the season.


Nature Babies

The Nature Babies Peaceful Play Group started in 2021 with a handful of families and has quickly become a favorite program and an anchor for our parents. Created for our littlest learners, this program is the perfect intro to nature play, while doubling as a group parenting support session. Open to infants able to sit unassisted (approximately 6 months to 36 months) and their parent or caregiver. Registration is required. 

Spring 2024 Nature Babies Sessions

10 am Thursdays


Our families get together at 10:00 AM every Thursday  (weather permitting),  April - November,*

for an hour of sweet and simple play.

NEW LOCATION - look for our sign near the intersection of Reservoir Ave and Pinetum Dr.  

9:30 am Wednesdays


The Farmington group meets year-round.** Our hosts  invite us to use their indoor facilities so we can meet rain or shine. Join us at 9:30 Wednesday mornings at Farmington Friends (Quaker) Meeting House,

187 CR 8, Farmington!

* Highland Park Group does not meet during the month of August.

**Farmington Group does not meet during the month of August, Thanksgiving week and December 15 - January 1

For more information, call (585) 278-5897 or email

Lantern Walks 2024

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This magical event takes place in early November. Explorers in our Tinkergarten classes all over the country make and decorate little lanterns to carry on a short walk with their families as night falls in their favorite park or green space. Not enrolled in Fall Tinkergarten? No problem, just bring your own lantern or make one using the simple instructions at Small flashlights or glow sticks/bracelets/necklaces work too.

We gather in a circle to sing, move, reflect on the wonders around us and celebrate the joy of community. Then, we light our lanterns and set off on our walk (usually around a half mile) to experience the quiet beauty of nightfall. Afterward we gather again for warm drink and a sweet before singing our parting as we head back home.

I am thrilled to once again be able to offer two dates and locations for our family-favorite Autumn Lantern Walks this year - one at Bullis Park and one at Powder Mills Park the first week of November.  In addition, Wild Wisdom Play is partnering with the Highland Park Conservancy to offer two Lantern Walks in beautiful Highland Park, Rochester.  

  • Saturday, April 14, 7:00 PM, Highland Park, Rochester

  • Sunday, Nov. 3, 5:00 PM, Bullis Park, Macedon

  • Saturday, Nov. 9, 4:45 PM, Highland Park, Rochester

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