Short Nature Education Programme at CEE’s Bengaluru Campus
After a brief introduction about CEE South and its activities and programmes, participants were taken to the nearby JB Kaval Tree Park to explore the wilderness. This was organised with support from the Karnataka Forest Department. They learnt about biodiversity documentation procedures, identification techniques, role of various eco-systems and observed some interesting interactions between organisms. Researchers from TDU also interacted with the children and explained about a few medicinal plants and how they can be used for various health conditions.
In order to make the participants understand about nature and its functions and the need for sustainable living, participants were involved in few activities for the same. 'Sensing the Nature' involved the participants using their senses of touch and smell to identify the things around them, blindfolded. Another activity was 'Know your Plants', where they observed the characteristics of various flora. The last one was 'Fish in the Pond'. Here, the children had to collect at least one fish each to sustain in the game when the number of fishes in the pond are lesser in proportion to the number of participants. At the end of the activity, the participants understood how some people use resources in plenty while others starve for the same resources and why it is important to use the natural resources wisely so that everyone has enough and less implication to the environment. Adding on to the amount of diversity in the CEE campus, the day concluded with the children trying their hands on organic farming and planting some of the tree species within the campus. A few students volunteered to share their experiences and learning of the day.
Short NEP is a hands-on learning programme for school and college going students that involves visiting a forest to experience the wonders of science that lie hidden in our natural environment. It focuses on educating the students about forest types, diversity of flora and fauna, why it is important to conserve our forests and how they can contribute towards environment by adopting sustainable living.