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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher


I am a field trip teacher with LEARNZ.

Job description: 

I organise geography and social science trips to a variety of places including Antarctica, mountains, glaciers, rātā forests and geologically active areas. In term four you can join me in Wellington to discover how the undergrounding of Buckle Street will help create a National War Memorial Park for all New Zealanders. You can follow the progress of the New Zealand Transport Agency over a series of four field trips leading up to Anzac day in 2015.

Each LEARNZ field trip has background pages so that everyone knows where we're going and what we are going to see. These pages give helpful supporting information and are linked to the curriculum. I am happy to make videos, take photos and organise audioconferences with experts about anything related to your classroom programme.

There are also activities associated with the background pages to further assist your students' learning. Please don't hesitate to share any ideas that you may have that can help us to improve the programme.

On location I am lucky enough to get to work with experts and we talk live to schools during audioconferences. You and your class can get to feel part of the journey by reading my daily field trip diary, which is posted each evening. From the comfort of your own classroom you can also experience new images and videos, which are updated daily during the field trip.

Work background: 

I have been teaching for ten years. I was in charge of science and outdoor education at Tahuna Normal Intermediate School. I became a LEARNZ secondary teacher in 2009.

Favourite part of job: 

Getting out and about all around exciting and interesting places in New Zealand and meeting experts in the field.

Least favourite part of job: 


  • Bachelor of Science majoring in Physical Geography
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Teaching
Interests outside work: 

Spending quality time with my husband Paul, and our two cats; George and Tommie. I love anything that involves the outdoors and a bit of exercise. I enjoy mountaineering, rock climbing, ski touring, trail running, mountain biking and travel. I am always keen to learn more about our environment and how we can protect it for future generations.

Shelley braves the cold during Antarctic field training on the Ocean Acidification field trip in 2012. Image: LEARNZ.