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Thrive Outdoors Administrator

Jo Fitzpatrick

Jo Fitzpatrick

Jo is from Ireland and has worked in the great outdoors for over 20 years. After gaining her BSc in Outdoor Education at GMIT (Ireland) she travelled the world and worked outdoors with young people in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada and Switzerland.

She attended the University of Edinburgh, obtaining an MSc in Outdoor Education. Her research looked at gardening in primary schools and its effect on children’s connection to nature. This research, alongside Jo’s love of the natural world placed her perfectly in the Thrive Outdoors team, where she is an administrator 3 days a week.

 In her spare time, Jo is a keen sea kayaker and rock climber and is involved in leading and assessing young people in their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Although Jo lived for 2 years in a Swiss ski resort, she claims she cannot ski and was only there for the chocolate and the cheese!

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Playing outside helps children to have a stake in their communities

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