Shanthie Walker

Kia ora, I’m Shanthie - a primary trained teacher and environmental educator. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the natural world with students and teachers, learning and working with others to understand the ecology of te taiao and develop solutions to environmental challenges. I’d love to help you learn more about the natural world around you, and awaken enthusiasm for teaching STEM through authentic contexts.

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Shanthie Walker

Shanthie has been teaching environmental education for sustainability, science and technology in various roles since 2003. Starting in the primary classroom as a teacher, she has worked as an environmental educator and consultant for several councils, DOC, Genesis Energy, and not-for-profit groups. She’s been a part of passionate teams, empowering students to learn more about science and technology and make a difference in their local environment. 

Shanthie can help teachers to develop effective experiential education practices and science and technology pedagogy, utilising the science capabilities and enduring competencies. She has assisted students and teachers in learning more about many biodiversity topics: marine, fresh water, and terrestrial and joined them in a journey to be changemakers in their communities by building food-growing and rongoā gardens, bug hotels, carbon-sinking garden beds, butterfly and lizard gardens, as well as monitoring streams and marine biodiversity, tracking and trapping and conducting bird and invertebrate surveys for various age groups. 

She is also an experienced writer and has worked with many experts and scientists to develop teaching resources and articles about whio/blue duck, native biodiversity, birds and invertebrates, plants and trees, seabirds, marine reserves, estuaries, water, waste, soils and sustainable farming. Let’s work together with collaborative, fun classroom and outdoor STEM activities to ignite the interest and curiosity of students about our wonderful natural world.

Shanthie Walker

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We grew up outside, connected with the nature and believe that our kids should go outside too.

Here, at Field-based STEM, we are all working as a big team. Tap into our collective expertise.  

"Unlike scientific community programmes that are expensive and require lots of investment, field work is done by individuals and is accessible to anyone. The skills gained during field work open up a huge area for everyone undertaking it."

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