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Hello there!

Founder / Director / Guide

Sara Gilmer Lombardo

Full-time Northwoods Guide 2022 - Present

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A little about me

I'm a California-native but I've spent the majority of my life in north central MN. I call Minnesota my home. I live on a small 2.5 acres prairie lot that over looks long waving fields of grass and wide open skies. 

I have three children and I have homeschooled them all. Through those many years of schooling at home, I coordinated two home school groups and countless workshops/field trips. Totaling about 5 years of active organizing for education workshops and classes. 

I have an A.A. and am just shy of my B.A. I have my Paraprofessional Degree and my Nature-Based Teacher Certification. I also am on level 2 of being an Accredited Forest School Leader. 

I am certified in Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED First Aid as well as Herbalism/Holistic First Aid, and am also a licensed PCA. 

I have completed Ministry Safe and have a thorough FBI-rated Background check, to work with vulnerable adults and children. 

I have been involved in Girl Scouts for over 4 years, from K-1 to 4-5, this has also brought me many skills for group organization, field-trip coordination, outdoor learning and mixed-age group leading. 

I have worked at Trout Lake Camps in Pine River for over 10 years, so I am familiar with summer camps expectations and working outdoors seasonally. 

I have loved the outdoors all my life. From the first time I can remember climbing up my grandmothers crabapple tree, and burrowing under her gooseberry bushes- the outdoors has always been a place of peace and comfort. 

I strive to offer the students of Northwoods a beautiful, peaceful, safe, and rewarding school experience. 

Favorite Books:

Hobbit, Lord of the Rings

Hunger Game Series

Maze Runner Series

Life of Pi

Favorite Flora/Fauna (the short list):


Chive Flowers


Sparkling ("Dry") Snow

Orange Maple leaves

Sunshine Rain (Fox Wedding)


Morning Dew



Jumping Spiders

Black Bears


Nature-Based Teacher Certification

Forest School Leader Accreditation 

Paraprofessional Degree

A.A +

CPR/AED First Aid Certification

Wilderness First Aid Certification

Herbal First Aid Certification

Ministry Safe Training

EcoTherapist Certification

Kids Yoga Certification

Mindfulness Training

Montessori Training

Reggio Emilia Certification

Accredited Certification in Natural Medicine & Herbalism

* = in progress with completion in 2022


For any other questions about our school or programs awe offer, please reach-out!


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