Admin and Comms Officer
Ruth developed a love of nature as a young child growing up in Florida among the manatees, snakes, and alligators. After studying zoology at university Ruth combined her love of wildlife with a passion for teaching and started what became a 15-year career in environmental education. Beginning at Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Leeds leading school groups on minibeast hunts, pond dips, and mammal surveys, and then back in Scotland in education teams at Deep Sea World (and getting to dive with the sharks!) and Dynamic Earth.
Ruth joined the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Education department in 2007 where she enjoyed 12 years of inspiring others with the wonder of the natural world. Highlights included visiting Shetland, Mull, and Islay with a wildlife-themed double-decker bus come classroom, learning capoeira with 400 kids during a Brazil-themed summer school, and running Eco weeks and Fairtrade Fortnight events.
Ruth home-schooled her two children during the lockdowns before joining a local charity dedicated to reducing loneliness and isolation through social prescribing for adults, encouraging connections outside their homes with their local wild spaces and with the people they meet. She enjoys her communication role connecting with members, volunteers, and the wider community. Ruth can often be found on the beach with her children, taking a dip in the North Sea, or off on a wee adventure on her paddle board.
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