Environmental Educator - Taryn is a MTech Nature Conservation graduate with a lifelong passion for nature, teaching and youth development. She has been involved with youth and children’s groups since her days in high school and finds inspiration in seeing the look of awe on a young person’s face as the “Penny drops”, when they not only understand but also feel the message brought across. This privilege is what motivated her to become an environmental educator.
Taryn regards nature as a special place and feels an overwhelming sense of awe whenever she has the opportunity to stand on top of a mountain or at the foot of the ocean, just watching and listening. She wanted others to share in this experience, especially those less fortunate, and fresh out of her Diploma became involved with environmental education (EE) as an Intern at the City of Cape Town through CTEET. Taryn next took her love for teaching and the environment to CPUT where she became a tutor in the Nature Conservation programme. Wanting to go further in academics, she continued with her studies and completed an MTech, which allowed her to lecture a subject in the Marine Science programme. Environmental education was, however, still top prize and end goal.
Taryn jumped at the opportunity to become an Environmental Educator at the Cape Leopard Trust. She is now able to share her passion and love for the environment with people that would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience it. Conservation is an important focus for Taryn, and being part of a team advocating for the protection the Cape mountain leopard through research and advocacy, as well as ensuring that future generations are aware of, and able to experience the wonder of the natural environment, is an important milestone in her life.