Meet The Team

Natasha Kater: Director & Forest School Leader

Having worked for almost a decade as a primary teacher in Scotland and internationally, Natasha’s priority is to develop children’s resilience, independence, creativity, thinking skills… and get them out to play in nature!

As a Forest School leader, she aims to instil in children a love and wonder of the natural world and is motivated to give young people a spark of the magic of nature that she experienced during her own wild and free childhood.

As well as teaching regular Forest School activities, Natasha loves facilitating philosophical inquiry with the kids she works with. S he also teaches mindfulness to promote their ability to manage their emotions, focus their thoughts and be at peace with themselves in our chaotic world. 

Natasha loves seeing children thrive and really come alive when exploring wild places and is looking forward to bringing the huge benefits of a nature connection to some of our community’s more vulnerable children and families in the coming months.

Emma Smith: Nature Adventure Session Leader / Trainee Forest School Leader/ Communications Manager

Emma has a background in digital art & previous experience working with primary schools, mostly supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She builds a strong rapport with the children and adults that she works with. Emma oversaw the hugely successful transition of  a local school’s nurture group to an outdoor setting. The positive impact of this transition and the partnerships forged led to her team winning bronze in the Pearson National Teaching Award. 

Emma has observed the vast benefits that regular nature time can make to children’s lives and while working with Woodland Wakeup she is regularly in awe of the huge increases in young people’s confidence, social skills & self-belief.

She is excited to be involved with Forest School & the wonderful qualities and opportunities it brings to young people.

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