SAIIER 2019:Awareness camps on capacity building on Bio-diversity

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SAIIER 2018-19
Awareness camps on capacity building on Bio-diversity
for students and teachers

This project involved the following activities at Aranya Forest:

  1. Organizing camping / Adventure Zone for children from Auroville and the surrounding villages to learn to enjoy and love nature.
  2. Organizing field exposure visits at Aranya, with its varied landscape of forest, canyons and lake ecosystem around. The children love to explore this with freedom.

Aranya has a scenic atmosphere filled with birds, butterflies, snakes, reptiles and animals and is an ideal place for experiential learning activities. Aranya has a recently established rope bridge, ‘flying fox’, tree huts, rope climbing and mud pool to keep children engaged in fun filled activities in nature. We also offer materials including posters, books, periodicals and audio-visuals which help the children learn and which they can share with others.

Beneficiaries of our exposure visits, awareness campaigns, trainings in medicinal plant identification and use, workshops and seminars included school students, teachers, research scholars, NGOs, Self-Help Groups, Government organizations, Panchayat leaders and others.

Report from Grades 4-6 of Transition School
We went for an overnight outing to Aranya Forest. When we arrived, we went for a sunset walk through the TDEF forest, and the steward of Aranya, Saravanan, showed us some of the beautiful tree species which had been planted, such as the Ebony tree, the Yellow Silk Cotton tree and the Flame of the Forest, some of which were in bloom. In the evening, we had a delicious South Indian dinner and the children sang around the fire. Later we went for a night walk where we saw dozens of different spiders and some beetles. The next morning, the children walked across the rope bridge over the canyon, overcoming their fears and having lots of fun. After breakfast, Saravanan gave a little presentation about the reforestation work which had been done in Aranya forest over the years, the work done in water catchment  and conservation and spoke of all the birds, snakes and other wildlife which had returned to the land. It was a wonderful outing filled with lots of learning and fun.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Project Director, experts in plants, animals, ecology, social and cultural sectors were also involved during the programme days. This year we reached a total of 4,862 beneficiaries through our programs.

[See PDF for list of programmes and visits.]