It goes without saying I have wholeheartedly enjoyed this internship and it has definitely confirmed my instinct that outdoor wildlife education work is something I want to pursue.
I’ve had a really varied experience, from running beach schools on the Suffolk Coast, to a range of Ipswich learning experiences, including young wardens groups with teenagers and family days during school holidays. I’ve helped with a handful of school visits but the bulk of our work in Ipswich has been outreach events in the park; which has been different and challenging every day. I’ve run a weekly Wild Tots group for the majority of the internship with our Wild Learning Officer Lucy, and had some wonderful feedback from the parents which has been a real boost. Everyone has wished me well and I’ve even been offered some casual work with the Trust in the Spring, which is fantastic.
The highlights are too many to list but here’s a few:
- My first day in Ipswich, helping our Wild Learning Officer Lucy battle the April showers and lead a group of the public in planting a wildflower meadow in one of our parks. Lucy’s determination and enthusiasm for her work has been a joy to behold. We’ve has a blast this summer!