Leader since Fall 2016

Hi, my name is Erna Barenio. I am a leader based in Cary, NC

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Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!

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I grew up in Queens, NY but now in Cary, NC! I'm mom to 2 active young boys, a special education trained teacher and perpetual student of nature and play. My family and I love exploring different parks and nature preserves around NC. I always look back with fondness climbing my cousin's fruit tree in the Philippines as well as the days I could play with my neighborhood buddies right outside our apartment until sunset. I am so excited to continue to be a part of creating these valuable childhood experiences and cherished memories with the families in my new community!

- Erna Barenio


Erna Barenio has led classes in Cunningham Park (Queens, New York) and Morrisville Community Park (Morrisville, North Carolina).