Hi, my name is Anna.
I am passionate about engaging and inspiring children to enjoy outdoor learning through the creation of innovative and inspiring workshops, activities and events.
I design fun-filled bespoke outdoor learning programmes which can be linked to the National Curriculum and learning outcomes for early years and key stages 1, 2 and 3 which I tailor to school grounds, parks and open spaces.
No space is too big or too small!
I have extensive experience creating and delivering both environmental and heritage themed trails, conservation volunteer tasks and programmes from my work at the Canterbury Environmental Education Centre, Brockhill, Shorne Woods and Lullingstone Country Parks and as the community engagement officer of a 5 year Heritage Lottery Project in Canterbury’s Westgate Parks.
I have led outdoor learning and Forest School sessions for over 3,000 children a year for the past 7 years and worked with teaching staff to add value to the learning experience by reinforcing outdoor sessions once they are back in the classroom.
As a Kent County Council Education Ranger for many years I set-up and led continuous professional development outdoor training for teachers and nursery staff in areas including: literacy, numeracy, Forest School, wildlife gardening and exploring the outdoors for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2. I have also led a series of Forest School workshops for the Kent branch of the National Child-Minding Association and Level 3 Forest School training.
After graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Countryside Management from Aberystwyth University in 2008 I have spent the last 10 years establishing outdoor learning programmes and facilities on sites with no previous history of environmental or heritage education.
My real passion lies in creating bespoke outdoor learning packages, linked to curriculum objectives for schools, environmental centres, parks services and heritage and countryside sites.
I have worked on a Heritage Lottery Project within a Scheduled Ancient Monument and World Heritage site and across many Green Flag Award winning parks and open spaces. I have experience in developing outdoor learning and volunteering sessions in both urban and countryside settings including Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Local Nature Reserves, formal gardens and within school grounds.
I design innovative sessions, trails and workshops which make the most of the setting and resources available to bring them to life and for a range of different audiences to enjoy.