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Introducing Dr Sara Collins - The Eco Urban Ranger

I work in urban Primary schools in the Portsmouth area where the children have taken to calling me ‘Mrs-Dr Collins’ or ‘Eco Warrior’.  I am a biologist by training and gained my PhD by studying a form of biological control of insect pests in commercial woodlands.  I took a career break when my son was born and started to look for employment that would fit in with his academic year.  After discovering the child-centred, play based Scandinavian pedagogy of Forest School I trained as a Forest School Practitioner.  I have been self-employed working as The Eco Urban Ranger since 2010 and have worked for local schools, The Sustainability Centre, social enterprises and The Woodland Trust.  In 2014 I became an Accredited Practitioner of The Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL).  As part of this accreditation we are asked to contribute to ‘the outdoor industry’.  To this end I was elected as a volunteer director of The Forest School Association in 2014 and became Deputy Chair in 2017.


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Dr Sara Collins

The Eco Urban Ranger



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Cooking in the snow at Forest School.

To bee or not to bee photographed.

A Tudor Plague doctor, NOT Darth Vader.

I've got the whole world in my hands.

I will provide original copies of my Forest School certificate,  APIOL Accreditation certificate, 16 hour Forest School First Aid certificate, Forest School Public liability Insurance Schedule, DBS on-line registered details and Level 2 Food Hygiene certificate before starting work for you.

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Here I am, wearing an Ivy crown.

A Tudor Style.

Concentrating on cooking in a clay oven.

This time I am wearing a Daisy crown.

A night-walk with Year 2 and their parents.

A Stone Age Lady.

Cycling can sometimes be faster than driving.

The Trio bike is useful for carrying den kits too.

I always like learning new skills.

Aliens love Underpants, and so do we.

Always wear the correct safety equipment.

I say Viking you say RAAAHH!

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