Every child should be encouraged to catch grasshoppers and tadpoles, hold butterflies and snails, dig up worms, watch bees, make mud pies, climb trees,
splash in puddles, explore rock pools, eat strawberries, pick beans,
crack conkers, collect pine cones, build huts and plant seeds.
Nurturing a sense of wonder is an essential foundation
upon which we can build our children's future education.
Creating Little Ferns has been the result of an accumulation of the skills and experiences I've gained as wildlife researcher, teacher, environmental educator and mother. I hope I can help others who are interested in environmental sustainability to inspire their children to connect with and love nature.
Education Advisor to Auckland Botanic Gardens and Auckland Council Parks Department
I often collaborate with Botanic Gardens staff and park rangers to create fun, interactive school holiday programmes and discovery activities for children and families.
I deliver 'Little Sprouts', a monthly story, craft and songs session for under 5's at the Auckland Botanic Gardens and have designed a set of resources for early childhood groups to use there.
Environmental Educator for Auckland Regional Parks
I've taught and contributed to the development of a range of hands-on programmes for children including: Amazing Adaptations, Create Your Own Garden, Fantastic Forests, Flower Power, Investigating Invertebrates and Seaside Sensational Senses.
Tutor for The Homeschool Group, Westgate
I have created and delivered lessons to classes of children aged 5-13 at a 'pop up' community homeschool that meets weekly for 8 weeks each term. Themes have included plants and gardening, dinosaurs, birds, navigation and migration, Australian animals, oceans and step by step drawing. The ability to cater for a range of abilities and ages has been paramount.
Environmental Education Officer for Rodney District Council
I spent 3 years working with ECE centres and schools helping them achieve their environmental goals e.g. setting up edible gardens and worm farms and monitoring the wildlife in local streams.
Secondary Science/Biology Teacher, Post Grad Certificate in Education
Having taught in the UK and NZ, I am able to provide support and advice for those teaching Biology to Year 7-13 students. All my programmes could be adapted for older children.
BSc(Hons) Biology, MSc Veterinary Mammalogy, Certificate in Organic Horticulture
My studies have taken me to some interesting parts of the world, but one of places I enjoy visiting the most is my garden - there are always lots of discoveries to be made on your doorstep!