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SparkleCast Episode 12 – The Gifts of Outdoor Education with Meghan Fitzgerald

Meghan Fitzgerald is an outdoor education expert and co-founder, along with her husband, Brian, of Tinkergarten®. Tinkergarten provides engaging, early-childhood education in the healthiest classroom of all – the outdoors. They match families with leaders in their local community who offer activity-based kids classes that help kids develop the skills that matter most – all while having fun!

In this episode, Meghan, David, and Rebecca discuss the story “Winter Wonder,” in which Helmut, one of the Goose-eye Wilderness School apprentices, talks about how “wondering” can be an effective teacher in the natural world.

Story:Winter Wonder" from the Martin & Sylvia's Nature School Series.


  • Ways to inspire children to get outside, no matter the weather

  • How to develop your own "nature school" at home

  • Understanding the difference between wonder, marvel, and surprise

  • How to find the balance between guiding your child and allowing them to explore independently

SparkleCast Episode 12 – The Gifts of Outdoor Education with Meghan Fitzgerald


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More about Meghan Fitzgerald!

After 16 years as an educator, curriculum developer and school leader, Meghan has her dream gig – an entrepreneur/educator/mom who helps families everywhere, including hers, learn outside. Prior to Tinkergarten, Meghan worked as an Elementary School Principal, a Math/Science Specialist & and a teacher in public and private schools in NY, MA and CA. She earned a BA with majors in English and Psychology at Amherst College, an MS in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College, and was trained as a Forest School leader at Bridgwater College, UK. When she is with her kids, Meghan is that unapologetic mom who plays along with them in mud, dances in the pouring rain, and builds a darn good snow igloo with her bare hands.

SparkleCast Episode 12 – The Gifts of Outdoor Education with Meghan Fitzgerald

About the Author

Rebecca Beegle
Sparkle Stories Production Manager

Rebecca is Sparkle Stories' former production manager and current co-host (along with David) of the SparkleCast podcast. She is also a writer, producer, and storyteller who performs in theaters, films, and living rooms. Find out more at


SparkleCast explores the use of story in parenting and education. One week we share a free story for you to enjoy, and the next week we discuss the story with an expert and thought leader – with the aim of using the story (and all stories) as a parenting and educational tool.