Katriina Bent - Heritage Experts | Heritage in Schools

Katriina Bent

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Science, Geography
Curriculum Strands:
Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science)
Counties catered for:
Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford
Classes catered for:
All Classes

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Katriina is a professional ecologist who uses the senses, spontaneous curiosity and emerging questions as leads for reconnecting with nature. Both knowledge building and emotional experiences are important. To build connection and observation skills, she uses interactive and shared learning to improve the level of nature literacy. Her experience in working with people with additional needs helps to create an inclusive experience that can be adapted to various surroundings. This can be the school grounds or classroom, a nearby park or green area or a (semi)-natural habitat within walking distance.

During her sessions Katriina explores practical ways for climate action and how to enrich biodiversity in the school setting, at home and in the local community (program 1).

We connect with nature in very different ways depending on our personalities. ‘nature immersion’ (program 2) provides a more reflective way for engaging with nature through sensory experiences.

Katriina currently offers two different programs:

Exploring different ways how to make daily eco actions a lifestyle in school, at home and everywhere we ramble! We discover together what kind of positive choices we can make in our daily lives, how to support local biodiversity and to learn the basics of species identification, monitoring and restoration ecology, do litter picks as we walk along and many more small actions that can make a big, big difference!

A session using prompts for (re)learning to use our senses. This ‘nature shower’ draws from the Japanese tradition of ‘Forest Bathing’, which is found to be beneficial for adults and children alike.

Moving through nature with active and conscious use of sight, scent, hearing and touch while enjoying the beauty of creation is the core of the immersion experience. Notebooks, scrapbooks and other creative media are used afterwards to reflect on the experience through free drawing, moulding or writing.

Additional Information

  • Provides in-person visits
  • Caters for special needs
  • Provides practical/hands-on activities
  • Provides field trips

Contact Details

085 852 2733