members of NEST have a huge collective experience in the field of earth
education, environmental education, biodiversity conservation and
environmental management. The range of skills and experience ensure
inspiring delivery of some of the most effective programmed responses
to sustainable living available to date.
Directors: Phil Macari, Bruce Ferguson and Sarah Capes
Committee: Phil Macari
(Chair), Jim Grant, Rebecca Gibbs, Bruce
Ferguson, Alene Jauncey, John Allom, Sarah Capes, Liz Beech, Sarah Smith.
Main activity delivery team
Ferguson has been sharing his interest in the natural world and the
environment with young and old alike for 28 years. Working as a
professional naturalist and environmental educator since 1985 he is a
knowledgeable and skilled environmental interpreter as well as a
qualified biologist. He has been a working Associate of the Institute
for Earth Education since 1989 and has been delivering earth education
programmes both residentially and non-residentially since then.
Grant works in environmental education and interpretation, after many
years as a primary school teacher and adviser in inner city schools and
nature parks. Jim now also specialises in using living history and
story experiences to heighten our awareness of the natural world and
our dependence upon the natural environment.
Phil Macari has
been earth educating and ‘earth learning’ since 1990, and is current
chair and co-director of NEST. He has a BSc Environmental Studies, is a
full member of the Institute for Ecological and Environmental Managers
and has 27 years of practical nature conservation, community/personal
development and interpretation experience, but is still as fresh as a
daisy. He knows earth education is an effective way to develop
thoughtful, caring and useful ‘environmental citizens’.
Beech has over 20 years experience as an environmental education
practitioner in a country park and community farm setting. However, her
initial training was in Fine Art and so creativity, practicality and
visual awareness play a natural and important part in her approach to
being and sharing in the outdoors.
is the newest member of NEST. She has been engaging children with
2008. Her love of earth education began as a volunteer on Sunship Earth
Northumberland where she realised the power of this style of education
engage the head, hands and heart. As a qualified geography teacher and
permaculture enthusiast, she aims to introduce children to the natural
that sustain us. As a lover of nature, she aims to connect them to its