About Us


At Hardwood Nature School, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn in, and from, the outdoors. We aspire to positively impact the health of our communities and the planet by fostering strong and meaningful emotional connections between children and the natural world. We believe tomorrow's environmental stewards are grown in the forests, creeks, meadows, parks, and mud puddles of today. 

We work to connect children to nature through our outdoor learning programs in the Peterborough area. 


Our Team


Sabrina Hale, founder


Sabrina's love of the outdoors stems from a childhood spent building fairy houses, splashing through spring flood waters, and pouncing in crunchy leaf piles. This love has found expression in her work as a camp counsellor, outdoor education facilitator, canoe trip leader, and as a classroom teacher. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with eight years of experience teaching French as a Second Language in Core French and French Immersion classrooms. A graduate of the Queen’s University Outdoor and Experiential Education program, she continues to seek out opportunities to hone her skills as an outdoor teacher and is currently in the process of completing the Forest and Nature School practitioner's certification. 


Karen o'krafka, Founder

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Bio being written between sips of tea and runs through the woods!


martine cleary, instructor


As the owner of  Jumping Mouse Outdoor School, Martine has directly seen the impact of learning and playing on the land. Marty has been cultivating their passion for working with youth, specifically in facilitating self-directed learning, for the past five years. They have a degree in Indigenous Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Education from Trent University. They had the privilege to be mentored in the styles of democratic education at The Highland School, science-focused Indigenous pedagogies at TRACKS, and coyote mentoring with the p.i.n.e. project. Martine keeps busy with making botanical potions, volunteering in the community, and spontaneously participating in theatre. French is Martine's maternal language and they studied in French up until university.