Hi I’m Penny,
It’s been an enchanting adventure building my deep connection with mother earth and it started when I was only a small child.
I can’t recall my first connection with the natural world but it would have been during the many hours I spent outside. I was fascinated with animals. I spent hours watching ants, spiders and observing nesting birds.
It was no surprise to my mother that I wanted to work with animals.
Armed with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wildlife Biology, and later, a Graduate Diploma of Education, I became a zoo keeper for five years and a Wildlife Education Officer for seven. ‘Never work with kids or animals’ they say, but the person who spread that rumor didn’t want you to know how awesome it is!
My connection with nature may have begun with wildlife but it’s never remained the same. It is continuously growing and changing, much like a tree.
Something in me changed when I realized how animal-focused zoos were.
Perhaps I just became less naive, but an insistent inner voice kept saying one phrase over and over: You can’t save wildlife without saving nature.
I was offered a new job as an environmental educator and delightfully consumed information about our native flora, landscapes and wetlands. I then playfully guided children to see the same magic I could see: flora and fauna work together, and not alone. We need to cherish and protect both.
Yep, I love my job, and as an Environmental Educator, I have successfully managed to combine three of my loves flora, fauna and teaching.
Then, I have this website too – so yeah, I’m quite the nature nerd.
When I’m not pursuing my passion at work, I tend to my own flock, my ten-year-old (Miss L) and my seven-year-old twins (Miss E and Miss J). Oh, I have a wonderful husband too, but he’s the quiet type.
We have all sorts of wonderful adventures in and with nature.
This blog shares many of the activities I have shared educating children and memories my family and I create together.
I hope our activities inspire you to create your very own. xx
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