Cindy Grant

Cindy Grant
School Nature Grants Project

“I always wanted to capture the excitement of school trips and inject it into everyday lessons, so taking my teaching outside of the classroom was a step in that direction.”

About Cindy

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I started working for LtL in April 2021.

In my role, I get to meet up with lovely teachers across the East of England for training sessions which will help them be more confident that taking their learning outdoors is great in so many ways – for their students, for themselves and ultimately for society and the environment.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?

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Running teacher training and creating resources while working for several environmental and animal welfare organisations for 10 years allowed me to develop my ideas on how the curriculum comes alive outdoors. Being wildlife detectives with a group of teachers on a frosty January day at a training venue that had just converted the entire grounds into a carpark confirmed my mantra that if you look, you will definitely find inspiring nature any time, any place, anywhere!

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Teaching in secondary schools was my first-hand experience of the multiple demands faced by teachers! So I understand the challenges of doing anything that might be seen as ‘different’ as well as the highs when good things happen. I always wanted to capture the excitement of school trips and inject it into everyday lessons, so taking my teaching outside of the classroom was a step in that direction.

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As a child, our family walks always seemed to include extras, like hunting for giant puffballs, blackberry-picking and having wild plants pointed out and named. As I still love foraging for wild food and growing my own, these things are more than just lovely memories. They’ve given me access to a store cupboard I can reach into for personal and professional inspiration, and to share with other people.

Cindy’s LtL Experience

Bike on a bridge

Why a bike on a bridge?

My road bike is my ultimate sense of freedom, enabling me to access endless miles of quiet roads across and beyond the East Anglian fens where I now live. I grew up in hilly country, and now that my nearest hills are 9 miles away, my bike is my best friend in getting there. I really love that I can slip silently past a hare sitting in a field or hop off to stand on a bridge and gaze into the water. For me, cycling is living in the moment, with birdsong and the wind in my ears!

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