This is us!

Laura and Jo created Earthkids in 2012 with the intention of providing outdoor and natural education to local children and youths.

Joanna Jo has always loved wildlife and outdoor living - camping, growing veg and looking after her chickens with her husband and 2 children. In her twenties, she worked as an environmental scientist and later trained and worked as a secondary school science teacher. In 2005 she combined the two and taught environmental education for the Sussex Wildlife Trust for reception age through to A level. This involved outreach work, taking wildlife education programmes into schools as well as teaching outside at Woods Mill and Seven Sisters Country Park. Laura and Jo met when their eldest children were babies at a baby-signing group in 2007 and have stayed good friends since! They have a similar outlook on the importance of natural sustainable living, healthy eating and the importance of raising their children holistically.
Laura Laura is a qualified Forest School practitioner having recently completed her training with the Sussex Wildlife Trust. She is also our qualified outdoor first aider. Laura studied nutrition and qualified in 1999 which led to her interests in naturopathy, alternative medicine, native nutrition and psychology. She then went on to work within the health industry. Firstly in the UK and then in Sydney & Melbourne. Returning to England to start a family in 2005. In 2007 Laura became a mother and by 2008 was a mother of 2 children. During the childrens early years Laura created and managed a toddler group in Piddinghoe, East Sussex where they used natural, eco resources and ingredients for crafts and baking. In 2010 Laura and her family moved to Portugal. Living in a traditional town called Nazare this was a wonderful experience for the family. Returning in 2011 for the children to begin their education. Since then Laura has worked with WEL MIND, learning of the importance of our mental health and assisting people with coping strategies and solutions for their well being.

As a parent and teacher Laura believes in all young people having the opportunity to discover the wonders of their local environment. Where they can be encouraged to get themselves outdoors in all weathers to learn and respect nature and wildlife. Whilst supporting their creative minds to feel empowered and inspired to live with purpose and hopefully with a desire to contribute to the natural world.