Environmental Educator - Hadley John Lyners is a University of Cape Town graduate. He completed a teaching degree and taught at a number of schools on the Cape Flats, where conditions can be challenging, and made it his priority to recognise and nurture the individual strengths of the youngsters in his care. His role in teaching enabled Hadley to play a part in developing school gardens, and he enjoys sharing his knowledge of the environment and sustainability with the youth and uses his skills to inspire the next generation who will be future custodians of the earth.
Hadley then went on to complete a short course in Environmental Education at Stellenbosch University and attained the Goldfield's Environmental Education Certificate and the Advanced Environmental Education Certificate at Rhodes University. He was appointed Environmental Education Officer for the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) where he worked with a group of teachers and learners from different schools to encourage the use of the environment as a tangible outdoor classroom to learn about science.
Hadley has a lifelong love of big cats, and is excited to be joining The Cape Leopard Trust as the new environmental eductor. It means he will have the opportunity to learn more about the elusive Cape mountain leopard whilst having the privilege of teaching youngsters on camps about the importance of the biodiversity in the Cederberg region, using the backdrop of what must be one of the most spectacular classrooms in the world.
He certainly isn't short of resources when it comes to finding practical ways to show what nature is about, and secretly he is hoping that new insights into leopard behaviour might just help him to manage his frisky and mischievous feline at home. In addition to the camp season. Hadley spreads the message of environmental awareness at schools in and around Cape Town by offering presentations and talks, as well as running a series of school holiday programmes and outings.