HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Nature clubs show city kids how to get down to earth

Times of India

1443 days ago   Article ID# 678365
Original URL

 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

NEW DELHI , INDIA (Times of India) - It's about discovering heaven on earth for kids who venture out of the city and take the dirt track into the wild. And a growing number of NGOs and agencies are making this possible through camps, nature trails and other excursions into the great outdoors. They know an early appreciation of nature will not only sensitise children to vital issues like ecological balance and the value of biodiversity but will make a child's world view that much richer and more inclusive.

Among the city's more active agents in the field is the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). While BNHS does hold regular events at its Hornbill House headquarters in Colaba, its exploration camps conducted at the Conservation Education Centre (CEC) in Goregaon bring kids up close and personal with nature, opening up to them a whole new world of plants, reptiles and birds unknown to the city. The CEC site fringes the 33-acre deciduous jungle of Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivli. Popular routines include the conceived Breakfast With Butterflies, which includes a talk on butterflies, specimen viewing, tips on gardening for butterflies, how to attract them with fruit bait, a quiz and butterfly face-painting-all rounded off with a sumptuous breakfast. Apart from weekend hits like this, where parents and kids turn up in strength, there's growing evidence to show that nature has become a popular destination for longer holidays as well. Isaac Kehimkar, General Manager, Programmes, for BNHS says, "There's a growing demand for our family nature holidays to Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia.''

Another biggie in the field is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a pioneer in the country's Nature Clubs of India movement since 1976. With WWF, budding environmentalists can join trained guides for nature trails, habitat analysis, film shows, zoo visits and poster competitions. Children look forward to receiving issues of Panda Bulletin in English or Nisarg Vartta in Marathi, along with discounts on cool WWF products like sleeping bags, T-shirts and key chains. But for children who've glimpsed the wild, the forest experience itself is infinitely cooler. Education officer Goldin Quadros marvels at how instantly seasonal changes in nature get imprinted on young minds. "They are amazingly receptive to the slightest difference in sights and sounds on the forest floor,'' he says.

Sheathed in gloves and gumboots, families also love to get grubby at CampHarit, a 20-acre organic farm at Vikramgadh in Thane district, run by chartered accountant Vinod Harital. The programnme here includes getting down and dirty in the field, planting herbs (they have 150 varieties), sowing seeds, watering plants, de-weeding, gathering organic waste, plucking produce and drying and segregating harvests. The camp also has naturalist experts at hand to point out to children the range of flora and fauna around.

Another friend of nature is the aptly named SPROUTS (Society for Promotion of Research, Outdoors, Urbanity, Training and Social Welfare) which plans periodic trips on local soil, and slightly beyond, to places like Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary near Alibaug. Here kids absorb little known facts about beach and marine fauna, and spot rare giant squirrels and hornbills darting under the green cover of the northern Western Ghats. Outfits like Countryside Outdoors have come up with canny ways of keeping children hooked to the great outdoors for life.

Under the group's Free Spirit plan, historic fort ramparts, over gentle peaks or trekking to niches of the Sahyadri Hills-children are urged to sketch their outings. Winners of imaginative visuals will another round of adventurous excursions-free! And you thought only the city gave out good bargains.

Copyright 2014 Times of India   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1443 days ago   Article ID# 678365

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More World Wildlife Fund News

New trade regulations for greater protection to endangered sharks

9 days ago From Times of India 

NEW DELHI, INDIA - Canadian cable partners include CHCH, CHECK, AMI, Gusto TV, ... of the cancer charity Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) Canada, said nearly ...

Black bear sighting in Vietnam indicates conservation success

48 days ago From Wildlife Extra News 

HEREFORD, U K - Lymphoma to be exact. "I started rubbing her neck and I felt awful lumps," recalled McGee. Pearl may have a fighting chance to survive if she is treated ...

WWF awards Tanzania for conservation of wildlife resources

62 days ago From Shanghai Daily 

SHANGHAI, CHINA - “It creates problems for the DA's office, it creates problems for the court-appointed attorneys for the children and the parents and it creates problems ...

Officials Alarmed Following Dip in Mozambique Elephant Population

83 days ago From WPRO  

EAST PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND - (MAPUTO, Mozambique) -- Officials from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are asking for "urgent" international action Thursday following the release of ...

WWF to help Nepal police contain wildlife crimes

94 days ago From myrepublica.com 

KATHMANDU, NEPAL - The event is the annual fundraiser for the Child Care Resource Center. Through the course of the evening, event-goers were treated to food, drink and ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Environment News

Action Center

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent

Action: Climate Change

The extent of sea ice in Antarctica is set to reach a record high, scientists said on Tuesday, as they announced that Arctic ...

Malayan tiger population plunges to just 250-340 individuals

Action: Wildlife Conservation

Malaysia is on the edge of losing its tigers, and the world is one step nearer to losing another tiger subspecies: the Malaya ...

Brazil's planned Tapajós dams would increase Amazon deforestation by 1M ha

Action: Stop Deforestation

A plan to build a dozen dams in the Tapajós river basin would drive the loss of an additional 950,000 hectares of rainforest ...

99 per cent of Sweden's waste is now reused

Action: Stop Pollution

Around 99 per cent of Sweden's garbage is now recycled and the country is so efficient at managing waste they are importing i ...

Give Bluefin a Break, Help End High-seas Fishing

Action: Save Our Oceans

Despite years of science showing dangerously high levels of overfishing, the international community has failed to throw Paci ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.