Europe’s her classroom
A Central Otago-based Conservation Department worker is to travel to Europe next week to research different cultures’ approaches to making nature relevant, after being hand-picked for the Stephen O’Dea Scholarship. Community relations programme manager Tessa Bunny will study in Europe for a month to find organisations and education programmes reconnecting people with nature. Miss Bunny was selected from applicants across New Zealand for the scholarship, which was created in 1996 in memory of Punakaiki DOC field centre manager Stephen O’Dea, who died along with 13 students when the Cave Creek viewing platform collapsed in 1995. ‘‘It’s going to be a full-on month trying to make the most of my opportunity and get as much as I can out of it,’’ she said. Ms Bunny aims to find out more about philosophies and tools used by education organisations and organisations in Scotland and England that encourage people to develop an awareness and affinity with nature. She will attend the World Environmental Education Congress in Morocco. The conference will explore themes including the role of arts in environmental education, how environmental education can be critical to the wider community, and the role of social media.
European education: Department of Conservation Central Otago community relations programme manager Tessa Bunny has won a scholarship to study in Europe.