SAIIER Annual Report 2014-2015: Aranya
Aranya is a reforestation site and wilderness preserve that today includes more than 80 acres of indigenous forest. The forest is a living gene bank of threatened and endangered species of plants and trees, many of which are valuable for their medicinal properties. Birds, mammals and butterflies have taken up residence in the forest, forming a complete and rich ecosystem.
Activities of the year
This year Aranya continued conducting awareness programs for school students, Self-Help Groups and panchayats, with a focus on learning about the landscapes of seashores and forests. Visiting students and teachers participated in preparing lists of the plants and trees they know of that are found in the two habitats.
A special project this year was research into the 5 Sangam Tamil landscapes. We prepared a list of the original plants and trees that were found these landscapes, and created materials used to spread awareness about the Sangam landscapes among students, teachers and self help groups.
We continued growing the plant nursery for propagating rare species, and continued with the reforestation work, planting suitable species along the bunds, foreshore, terrain and slopes.
Over 2500 children visited Aranya and participated in our programs this year.
|Date||Name of school||No. of Students|
|04.04.14||Transition School, 4th grade students||21|
|15.04.14||Udavi School, Auroville||55|
|06.04.14||Agalan Foundation, Villianur, Pondicherry||25|
|12.05.14||CPD Forest, Bangalore||26|
|19.05.14||Arulvazhi Education Centre, Promesse||32|
|08.06.14||Yoganjali Natyalaam, Puducherry||28|
|15.06.14||Mohanam Cultural Centre School, Sanjeevinagar, Puduvai||55|
|27.07.14||Kannagi Govt. Higher Sec School, Villanur||73|
|13.08.14||Sri Raghavendra Middle School, Cinnamudaliarchavadi||55|
|23.08.14||Pondicherry University, M.Tech Environmental Eng students||29|
|14.09.14||Semppadugai Nanneeragam NGO, Pondicherry||106|
|26.09.14||Govt. Middle School, Thiruchitrambalam Kootroad||78|
|29.09.14||G H S S, Sedarapet, Puducherry||63|
|03.10.14||Ilongo Adigal Govt. H S S, Muthirapalayam||58|
|05.10.14||Maruthi H S School Nss students, Lawspet||62|
|08.11.14||Puduvi Govt Nss coordinator||69|
|20.11.14||Ahash Animation College, Pondicherry||46|
|20.11.14||TLC, 3 days Auroville Nature Camp||23|
|02.12.14||Pudukotai District Govt. Agri Training Centre, Pudukotai||50|
|03.12.14||Govt. Sec School, Gadhinagar, Puduvai||76|
|05.12.14||Govt boys H S S, Valavanur, Villupuram||78|
|07.12.14||Govt Saw & Wct School students, Puduvai||27|
|10.12.14||Transition School, 4th grade students ("Unicorns")||23|
|14.12.14||Oulgarai Puduvai Consumer Forum||110|
|26.12.14||The Mathera International School, New Delhi||60|
|01.01.15||The Mathera International School, New Delhi||55|
|03.01.15||Science Forum, Pondicherry||34|
|17.01.15||Yoganjali Natyalaam, Puducherry||26|
|22.01.15||Transition School, 3th grade students ("Unicorns")||23|
|23.01.15||TLC, 3 days Camp Auroville||50|
|28.01.15 to 30.01.15||National Nature Camp, Govt. of Puducherry schools||60|
|02.02.15||New Era Secondary School||35|
|03.02.15 to 05.02.15||National Nature Camp, Govt. of Puducherry schools||65|
|03.02.15||Govt HS School, Poornakuppam, Puducherry||78|
|14.02.15||New Era Secondary School||35|
|28.02.15||Vallalar G G H S School, Lauspet, Puducherry||40|
|06.03.15||Govt High School, Reddiarpalaym, Puducherry||76|
|08.03.15||Indira Gandhi College of Arts & Sciences Kathirkaramam, Puducherry||54|
|20.03.15||Saravana Paramedical Institute, Karaiyamputhur, Puducherry||40|
|20.03.15||Dr. Radhakrishna Teacher & Nursing Institute, Kandamagalam, Villupuram||28|
|20.03.15||Modern Technical Training Institute, Cuddalore||36|
|23.03.15||Christ College of Engr and Technology, Pitchaiveeranpat, Pondicherry||68|
|27.03.15||Mohanam Cultural Centre School, Sanjeevinagar, Puduvai||56|
|28.03.15||Govt Middie School, Poothurai||82|
The posters and booklets we created about the 5 Sangam Tamil landscapes which can be used as resources in future programs.
There is a constant demand for multimedia material such as DVD and posters from teachers, NGOs, elected Panchayat leaders, and government staff.
Aranya continues to offer a unique experience for children to learn from nature, and to visit firsthand a recovering, growing forest.
- Aranya Adventure Zone (annual report)