I am an Environmental Educator and I have taken the leap to go freelance taking environmental education workshops in schools and setting up The Natural Playground. I teach primary and nursery school children. I also take after school clubs and holiday programmes.

I can take workshops in schools, supporting teachers in the Eco schools programme and tailor my workshops to the needs of the school and the children. My aim is to bring nature into the classroom and get young people inspired and passionate about the outdoors!

I taught environmental education in New Zealand and the positive response from the children was overwhelming. During my time as a classroom teacher it became noticeable that the more engaged the children were in their outdoor activities, the more engaged they were in their overall learning.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marion Danby on January 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    This look very interesting, especially as it offers a great breadth of experience not only from the ‘outdoors’ of the classroom and home for children, but the country and the world.
    You can’t get much further away from the UK than New Zealand and comparing the wildlife, ecology and environment on opposite sides of the world delivered by a ‘hands on’ teacher is such a fantasic opportunity.


  2. The idea of The Natural Playground is to bring nature and the outdoors to all children and to make it accessible to everyone. Many people believe that the outdoors is ‘over there’ and that somehow in order to experience nature you have to travel a long distance to experience it. The Natural Playground aims to show that this is not the case and that nature and outdoors experiences can be all around us. All we have to do is explore….


  3. Hello Emily

    I’ve just found your blog thanks to the amazing Teacher Tom who has just blogged about your recent post on free play.

    All the best with your freelance work. I run an informal email “outdoor learning snippets” for folk in Scotland – I’m presuming you are referring to Scotland when you say you are working in Edinburgh. Please get in touch if you want to be added to the list.

    Best wishes


  4. I also was directed to your link by Teacher Tom. I look forward to reading more of your blog!


  5. Hi Emily
    I’ve also come to your blog from Teacher Tom. You’re doing lovely and important work – and in the way I have learned works best and makes most sense (to children and for education). I wonder if you might be interested in my blog/website too janwhitenaturalplay.wordpress.com (I work across England and Wales). Looking forward to your future blogs, Jan


    • Hi Jan,
      Thanks for taking a look at my blog. I am definitely very interested in your blog and the work that you do as it seems very similar to mine in Scotland. I should be posting more very soon. Keep in touch.


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