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Meet our Leader: Erna Barenio

I grew up in Queens, NY but now live in Cary, NC! I'm mom to 2 active boys, a special education trained teacher and perpetual student of nature and play. My family and I love exploring all the nature spaces 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 love helping to create valuable childhood experiences and cherished memories with the families in this community!


  • Hometown: Cary
  • Leader Since: Fall 2016

Have any questions? Email Me

Tinkergarten At Home

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Icon list Weekly outdoor lessons with easy-to-follow, at-home curriculum guides
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Icon user 11 30-minute sessions starting the week of June 28th

Erna’s Classes for Summer 2021

Erna isn't leading any At-Home sessions this season, but we have plenty of options available with other expert leaders. Click "Join Now" to find your class!

$149 per family, per season

Erna’s Free Online Trials for Summer 2021

Erna isn't scheduled to lead any online trials, but you can sign up for one with another leader. Choose from a wide selection of days and times!

Tinkergarten In Person

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Cap icon Parent and child classes are held with other local families in a greenspace near you (learn about our approach to safety)
Speech icon Mixed-Age play: 18 months - 8 years welcome
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Icon list 8 one hour sessions, 1 or 2x/week, starting the week of July 19th

Erna’s Classes for Summer 2021

Erna isn't leading any In-Person sessions this season. Click the "Join Now" button below to see if there are other classes being offered in your area.

$181 per child per season

30% off for each additional sibling

Location fees may apply

What is Tinkergarten?

Our play-based outdoor curriculum guides parents on how to support an active, engaging, outdoor learning lifestyle for their family. Through an expert-led, on-demand and self-guided curriculum, we make purposeful outdoor play doable for every family.

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Weekly online or in-person sessions led by a superstar Tinkergarten leader
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Progress tracking and a digital portfolio of your family’s learning
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Library of how-to guides and parent resources
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Weekly at-home curriculum guides and resources to keep kids playing all week long
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Archive of pre-recorded live sessions for each lesson
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An engaged, supportive community of families learning and playing together

Customer Reviews

(4.9 stars - 176,048 ratings)


5 / 5

It’s such a beautiful and fun curriculum, and my kids play a lot with ideas that stem from their weekly class! I also love the inclusive and diverse approach. It’s golden!


5 / 5

I liked how this was suitable for all ages. My oldest son loved the science of it all: "why is that happening?" "What will happen when?" And my younger son loved mixing and making a mess!

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