Helping local children develop a sense of pride and connectedness to their natural heritage by exposing them to the forests and wildlife in Pakke Tiger Reserve.
Teachers Training Workshop
Before we began engaging with the students from different schools we conducted training workshops for the Forest Department staff, NCF staff, school teachers and a few community members on how to conduct nature camps for children. Since 2017, our in-house nature education expert, Dr. Pranav Trivedi who has also conceptualized the program has conducted three teachers training workshops in Pakke.
Pakke Nature Clubs
2017 was an exciting year for us because it witnessed the birth of our Nature Education Program. As a first step, we set up Nature Clubs in 6 local schools in the Seijosa area, through which we are reaching out to children from Classes 6-9.
The main aim of the Pakke Nature Clubs is to expose children to the forests and wildlife in and around Pakke Tiger Reserve through year-round activities, which culminate in nature camps inside the park.
Nature Camps in Pakke Tiger Reserve
Nature camps are the highlights of our Nature Education program. Every year in November-December, school children get to camp out in the middle of the forest for two nights and three days. Younger children get to attend one-day camps. Our first batch of camps were conducted in November 2017 with 150 students from 4 local schools. Since then we have engaged with around 800 students through nature camps and year round activities.
In 2021-22 we expanded our program to Tippi range of Pakke Tiger Reserve. We now have 6 schools in Seijosa and 4 schools in Tippi registered with us.
These Nature camps are based on three different modules specifically designed for the Biodiversity and landscape of Pakke by Dr. Pranav Trivedi for children of different age groups.
During these camps the students not only learn important natural processes such as food chain, water cycle, photosynthesis etc. but, they also get to bond with the forest and its wildlife through nature walks, games and other activities. Refection and sharing is also a very important part of these camps.
Year round activities
Besides Nature Camps, we also engage with the students year round through different events and activities that include rainforest nursery visits, bird walks, classroom sessions, nature art workshop and much more.
In 2020, due to unprecedented situation we could only carry out online activities and a few on ground events that included online Nature/bird/plant Bingo, campus birding, nature games and nursery visit. In 2021 we resumed our on ground activities with a few schools in Seijosa where we carried our campus bird walks and played nature games.
Some resources to help them connect better to nature
Also watch this short film about the program: