Nelishka attained a BSc in Zoology, Ecology and Conservation and an Honours degree in Ecology, Environment and Conservation from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently completing an environmental education course through WESSA, which is helping her to develop her skills as a trainer and educator. In 2012 she spent time as an intern in the Kruger National Park, assisting with lectures at the South African Wildlife College.
In her current position at Nature’s Valley Trust, Nelishka is gaining experience in delivering environmental education. She works mainly with junior school children, giving them a basic grounding in environmental education, as well as coordinating activities, such as forest walks and eco-school programmes. She is also pleased to be continuing with some research work: in addition to general team research activities she is involved in research around the pollination of fynbos species in the Nature’s Valley area. Nelishka believes that being exposed to the different ways of thinking and working within her organisation is developing her as a professional.
Nelishka is still deciding how to specialise within environmental education, but hopes to find a balance between training and conducting research. She plans on enrolling in a Masters degree in the near future.