Toronto Forest School Philosophy

Our program values play-based, inquiry driven, experiential learning with nature as the primary teacher.  We facilitate this learning through outdoor play and exploration within Toronto’s green spaces.


We see children as competent co-creators of their learning experience and value this child-directed approach to education. 


Toronto Forest School strives to support urban children in connecting with nature inside one of Canada’s largest cityscapes.


Our goal is to co-create, along with children, a space that taps into their innate ability to learn and develop holistically. 


Our intention is to encourage the next generation of stewards for our planet, while at the same time fostering their deep loving connection to the earth. 

Our Facilitators

Cheryl Hawthorn
R.E.C.E, B.A.
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Cheryl received her E.C.E from George Brown College in 2007 and her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University 2014. She completed both programs with honours. Cheryl is a Certified Forest School Practitioner receiving her certification in April 2018.
Cheryl has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages, both in non-profit childcare as well as private settings. 
Roaming the city's ravines listening to bird songs, searching for nature's tiniest treasures to photograph and looking under rocks for salamanders with her daughter are some of her greatest joys!
Sarah Rainbow Heart Hawthorn
R.E.C.E, B.A.

Sarah is a mother, educator and nature nut. She received her E.C.E from Mothercraft College with honours in 2008 and her B.A in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University in 2015.


Her background trainings include over 10 years study in Shamanic and Holistic medicine and Kundalini Yoga. 

After the birth of her daughter, Sarah decided to start her own business; Rainbow Rhythm Kids, a nature-based music, movement, arts and yoga program that travels to schools, daycares, community centres and wherever anyone wants to talk about nature!

Sarah loves walking barefoot, meditating near streams, chasing butterflies and searching for fairies.