A hands-on experience for the entire family.

While the Tinkergarten curriculum is designed for ages 18months-8years, the overall program of Bend Family Nature School is curated to provide a meaningful experience and foster deeper connections for everyone, while prioritizing a rich sense of community.

The whole family will get in on the fun and learning in this one of a kind, connection based curriculum.

"May we raise children who love the unloved things- the dandelion, the worms and spiderlings. Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they run towards the sun.

And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those with no voice, may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things. And be the ones."

-Nicolette Sowder-

Hello, my name is Lauren.

After over a decade working in early education, special needs, and therapeutic recreation I decided that the current education system was one that I could no longer participate in.

Through five years of exploring with my daughter and gaining confidence adventuring all over the PNW together, I decided to combine my love of nature, exploration and education. This program is the result of that passion project.

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