Our environmental education officer is Pauline Bryce Johnston. Pauline brings to Nature a wide range of experience and skills within the classroom and in the field. She sees the natural world as an important resource that can be used to promote learning. Using locally based themes Pauline has drawn on all her skills and experience to develop our education programmes. Her personal blend of traditional and modern educational methods helps create a healthy, fun and inspirational atmosphere for learning. Pauline believes interaction is the key to helping children develop a positive relationship and sense of belonging with their local environment.
A native of Edinburgh, Pauline was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Countryside Management through the University of Glasgow. Her enthusiasm for Environmental Education developed while working at the Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian as an Interpretation and Education Guide. Pauline gained valuable field experience during her research on Pinkfoot and Greylag geese and her work with the Kiwi Species Recovery Programme in New Zealand. Pauline matured as a professional working as a Reserve Warden with Scottish Natural Heritage at Forvie National Nature Reserve. It was here that her skills were used to develop on site visitor interpretation and education material. She has extensive experience here in Ireland through her work as the Corncrake Officer and Education Co-ordinator for BirdWatch Ireland on the Shannon Callows. Pauline joined the Nature Team after working in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and Glenveagh National Park as an Educational Guide.
Pauline is a registered Heritage Specialist for the I.N.T.O. Heritage in Schools Scheme and presented the ENFO on Tour programme in County Donegal. During 2008 and 2009 Pauline has concentrated on her role as environmental education consultant through the development of new educational and interpretative materials for Donegal Co. Council, Fort Dunree Museum and more recently with An Taisce.