Education and Public Engagement

The connection that we as individuals have to nature arises primarily through first-hand contact with animals and plants; with some kind of wilderness. Can we help make these connections? Once made, can we help nurture and develop them? In this programme, we engage children and adults in ecological observation; and develop, display and distribute nature education material.

Citizen Science

Although we know that the natural world is changing rapidly, there is very little information on the details, especially from a country like India, with tremendous biodiversity and relatively little research. One solution is for scientists and interested members of the public to team up to monitor what is happening. Our two primary projects along these lines look at bird distribution & abundance, and at tree seasonality.

Research collaborations and capacity building

Why work alone when you can collaborate with others? We collaborate with institutions/organizations in India in the fields of bird research and conservation. We conduct capacity building workshops aimed at creative greater capacity to conduct work on birds in the country.

Learning material

The natural world is wonderfully diverse and varied. How can we convey our affection and fascination with nature to others? Over the years, NCF has developed a variety of material attempting to do this; and we continue to try to design and produce appealing and accurate material of this kind.

Nature Communications

For decades communication about birds and nature has been limited, circulating in the same communities again and again, leaving out the majority of the public. With Nature Communications we aim to change this through strategic storytelling interventions. Our objective is to actively engage the general public, and find new audiences for India’s nature experts to create awareness of our collective nature heritage in all Indian languages.

Nature Education

The aim of nature education is to get children interested in and excited about birds, and nature in general. We partner with birders, schools, teachers, educationists, and designers for spreading awareness and also creating age appropriate and locally relevant nature learning framework and modules