Two new faces have joined NHSN as part of our How to be a Young North East Naturalist project
Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, this week, NHSN welcomes two new Nature Rangers. By visiting schools and leading educational activities, they will provide 150 children with the opportunity to develop skills and help nurture an understanding of North East nature.
Working with five local schools, How to be a Young North East Naturalist will develop new resources to inspire a wider range of young people in the North East to learn about and protect their local wildlife. The five schools involved are St Wilfrid’s, Blyth, Eastlea Primary School, Cramlington, Ivy Road Primary, Mountfield Primary at Kenton and Grange First School at Parklands.
Nature Ranger, Jack Butlin, has volunteered with NHSN for eighteen months and has previously worked in several educational roles with a focus on inspiring young people. Introducing himself, he writes:
We’re delighted to also welcome Julie Ross, a former primary school teacher who has worked for many years teaching children from nursery to Year 6, including overseas in Bermuda. Julie writes:
The project will be supported and evaluated by Newcastle University Centre for Learning and Teaching. Ulrike Thomas and David Leat from the centre, with, undergraduate student, Liz Przyborski, will use participative methods of evaluation to seek feedback from school children, teachers, and parents. This valuable work will help ensure that the project activities are shaped by the children and teachers and meet the children’s ideas. Introducing herself, Liz writes: