Completed Projects




Project Name and Description Duration Report
1. Nature Education Centres
1. Conservation Education Centre (CEC), Delhi: With a view to creating awareness about nature conservation among children and adults, a Conservation Education Centre - the first of its kind in the Capital – was set up at the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary. It was modeled on CEC Mumbai and has interactive educational displays, nature trails and educational resources for teachers, besides serving as a launch pad for teacher training and outreach programmes in Delhi schools, interaction with non-government organisations and decision makers. Funding Agency: Delhi Forest Department. 2005-2008  
2. Nature Information Centre (NIC) at Sanjay Gandhi National Park:This Nature Information Centre aimed at raising awareness about the environment and to address the need for nature conservation,besides highlighting the importance of the park to Mumbai city. The Centre is equipped with a display room, auditorium, product counter and surrounded by nature trails for a complete conservation education experience. The Centre plays host to a number of visitors, the majority being school ad college students, who come to learn about wildlife and the environment. The NIC also conducts many awareness-raising and educator-training programmes. Funding Agency: British Gas and the Maharshtra Government’s Forest Department. 2003-2008  
3. Nature Interpretation Centre at Sriharikota:CEC was involved in developing nature interpretation exhibits for the Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. These displays would serve as educational tools to spread nature awareness amongst visitors.Funding Agency: ISRO. 2003-2006  
4. Nature Interpretation Center at Pune:12 nature displays were developed for a Nature Interpretation Centre in Pachgaon-Parvati in Pune. These colourful and informative exhibits were created to increase visitors knowledge about nature and conservation and also serve as tools for spreading awareness. These displays were based on various themes, from evolution to pollution and tips for a greener Earth.Funding Agency: Maharashtra Forest Department. 2009-2000  
2. Hornbill Nature Clubs
5. Hornbill Nature Club for Welspun Vidya Mandir, Salav:The Conservation Education Center (CEC) of BNHS had launched Hornbill Nature Club in Welspun Vidya Mandir at Salav in October 2010. The club included students of class 5, 6, 7 and 8. Altogether 215 students and 10 teachers were involved in the club activities. These students underwent series of environmental programmes that were based on their syllabus. The activities were based on four broad themes. These activities aimed at creating awareness about the local environment among the students and teachers. In April 2011, the project was concluded. Funding Agency:Welspun, India. 2010-2011 Download
6. Hornbill Nature Clubs for Underpriviledged Schools:Named after the iconic mascot of the BNHS, Hornbill Clubs were designed to be nature clubs with a difference. In 2007, Hornbill Nature Clubs were initiated and established in 2 schools for underprivileged students viz. Maharani Sai Bai Vidyalaya and Mangesh Vidyalaya. These Nature Clubs focused on imparting environment literacy through indoor and outdoor programmes. Class seventh was selected for the same. In 2008, Hornbill nature clubs were set up in 2 additional schools viz Harnai Vidyalaya and Gurukul Vidyalaya. Bi-monthly activities were carried out in the schools including games, projects and competitions. The ultimate goal i.e. imparting environmental education through fun and hands-on activities was achieved with great success, and the children had a memorable, once in a lifetime experience. Funding By: Dr. Mrudula Thakkar. 2008-2009  
7 Hornbill Clubs in Mumbai and Hyderabad:For first time, CEC established its Hornbill Clubs in Mumbai. With a variety of activities and fieldtrips, these clubs were initiated with a goal of providing fun and effective environment education. Hornbill Clubs were set up in 11 schools both Mumbai and 5 schools in Hyderabad to create awareness among children and teachers. Funding Agency: Burhani Foundation (India). 2002  
3. Education Material Development

World Environment Day in Mumbai: The project aimed at creating awareness about Mumbai’s environment amongst the citizens. Under this project the World Environment Day was celebrated in Mumbai funded by Ministry of Environment and Forests and UNEP. Through this project BNHS developed 22 panel exhibition on Mumbai’s Environment. This exhibition was installed at CST and Churchgate stations for three consecutive days (2-4 June 2011). The exhibition was inaugurated by the Railways officials. An online invitation was developed and sent to all members and supporters of BNHS. The exhibition was manned by 72 crew members who interacted with the visitors. In order induce immediate action after the viewing of the exhibition, the visitors were requested to submit their green pledges online. For the same an event website was developed with five statements as green pledges. 1719 individuals pledged at both the stations and altogether 7474 pledges were taken. For event publicity, promotional materials such as exhibition brochures, eco calendar cards, T-shirts and caps were developed. The brochures and cards were distributed among the visitors as study materials and the t-shirts and caps were worn by the exhibition crew.

On the eve of World Environment Day, the closing ceremony was organized at BNHS’s Conservation Education Centre, wherein the book ‘Green Guide for Teachers’ was launched by the hands of Smt. Usha Thorat, Vice-president, BNHS. The bilingual book was funded by MMR Environment Improvement Society (MMREIS) and Sir Dorabaji Tata Trust. The volunteers were also felicitated for their contribution. The event was widely publicized through news papers, websites and social media sites.In the span of three days, the exhibition was visited by 11000- 12000 individuals from all age groups and all strata of the society. BNHS also organized a half-day seminar on Importance of Trees which was attended by many tree lovers of the city. Funding agency: Ministry of Environment and Forests and UNEP

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9. Green Guide for Teachers: Under this project, we developed the Green Guide for teachers. The Green Teachers Kit has been upgraded, translated in Marathi and 3000 colour copies were printed in Marathi and English. The Green Guide for Teachers is an all-inclusive kit for teachers, which includes facts from wildlife and nature and also green deeds and projects that students can follow. Funding Agencies:MMR Environmental Improvement Society (a branch of MMRDA) and Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. 2008-2011 Download
10. Infrastructure Up-gradation Project for Conservation Education:Under this project, we developed educational exhibits as well as installations at CEC. Innovative nature exhibits and study materials were created specially as a part of this project. The exhibits include interactive indoor displays, explanatory outdoor signage, wildlife dioramas and live exhibits such as an amphibian observatory and a marine aquarium. The project also encompassed the creation of novel learning tools such as nature field guide brochures and traveling education trunks. These new additions expand the scope of CEC and provide visitors with a complete experience. Funding Agency: MMR Environmental Improvement Society (a branch of MMRDA). 2008-2009
11. Nature Awareness Exhibits at Malshej and Mahableshwar: Twelve nature awareness exhibits for Malshej Ghat and Mahableshwar Maharashtra Toursim Development Corporation (MTDC) resorts were developed.These exhibits were inaugurated on 5th June 2007 on the occasion of World Environment Day. These eye-catching and informative displays were specially developed and installed in order to make the tourists aware of their natural surroundings. Funding Agency: MTDC 2006-2008  
12. Maharashtra Education Project: The project aimed at providing one of a kind environment education training for the teachers of Maharashtra. Teachers were invited to attend a free training workshop, where they were equipped with all the tools for effective environmental education through projects and interactive sessions. They were also presented with the teacher’s handbook- ‘In Harmony with Nature’; which was developed in English and Marathi. Teacher trainings were held throughout Maharashtra and the English & Marathi handbooks were distributed free among the teachers and Principals. These handbooks were reprinted and are available for purchase at the CEC product counter. Funding Agencies: Sir Dorabaji Tata Trust & ICICI Bank in collaboration with Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB). 1994-2008  
13. Dhanesh Newspaper: With the mission of ‘Nature conservation through education’, ‘Dhanesh’ , the environment wall-newspaper was developed by CEC to be disseminated amongst BMC schools across Mumbai. This newspaper contained a treasure trove of nature education and fun activities to promote environmental learning in an enjoyable manner. The ‘Dhanesh’ project received a wonderful response from both students and teachers of the participating schools.Funding Agency: State Bank of India. Water Conservation Booklet: This booklet, titled ‘Know your Water’ was developed for mass distribution to students visiting CEC. An in house production, ‘Know your Water’ is an in-depth resource on the different sources of water, water pollution and case studies close to home. It also contains projects and activities for the students to conduct themselves. Funding Agency: Burhani Foundation (India).



4. Programmes for Underprivileged Children:

4. Conservation Education Programme for Underprivileged Children: The project was commenced in January 2006 and activities, such as bringing groups of underprivileged children through NGOs for an all expenses paid visit to CEC, were initiated. The CEC was visited by 2535 students form 16 NGOs and 10 schools where they were provided with a free programme and transport. This project also encompassed a wide variety of innovative installations like new displays for the display room, signage for the nature trails and even a wallpaper magazine ‘Dhanesh’ that was distributed amongst BMC schools. This project made environment education accessible to students for whom such programmes may have been out of reach. As a take home a take home material, butterfly stickers and a CEC brochure were also developed. To date, the wildlife hide constructed at CEC, as a part of this project, has been a favourite exploring spot for the students visiting us. Funding Agency: Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Department of State, American Consulate 2006-2007  
5. Biodiversity Surveys
15. Biodiversity Survey of Welspun, Salav: Under this project a rapid biodiversity survey for the Welspun plant at Salav and Phansad wildlife sanctuary has been carried out. The objective of the project was to carry out biodiversity assessment survey and develop wildlife conservation plan for an area of 10 km radius around Welspun MaxSteel at Salav. Also to prepare list of threatened flora and fauna (including flagship and keystone species), wildlife corridor if any within the project site including Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and coastal zones. Funding Agency: Welspun 2010-2011 Download
16. Biodiversity Survey of Nature Park in Navi Mumbai: A biodiversity survey of 2000 ha. for CIDCO was initiated in Jan 2006. The project aimed at documenting the flora and fauna along with the soil and water quality analysis. It also included nature trail mapping, identification of biodiversity rich sites and view points. The survey of all the seasons had been completed and collated into a comprehensive final report that will serve as a very important reference in future. Funding Agency: City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). 2006-2008  
17. Biodiversity Survey of ICI Campus in Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai (2004-2005):This survey of 19.2 ha of ICI land aimed at documenting the entire flora and fauna of the region and the biodiversity rich areas, as well as proposing measures for ecological restoration of wild areas and preparing a plan for the enhancement of plant surroundings. The survey comprised of biodiversity both during the wet and dry seasons. Funding Agency: ICI Chemicals India Ltd.    
6.Training and Capacity Building Projects

Vacation Training Programme in Bioresources for School Children:A month long course was designed to train and enhance awareness in school children about the relevance of bioresources, and the relationship between bioresources and biotechnology. The main objective of the course is to impart training on sustainable utilization and conservation of bioresources and to create a better relevance of bioresources to everyday life. The course comprised of extensive field trips to different ecosystems within the city and also study visits to various units of environmental concerns. Besides, various interactive indoor sessions would also be conducted. Most of the activities were group activities, but individual project work were also be assigned. The course provided opportunities for hands-on-experience in the field and also interaction with eminent experts from various fields. This training programme with held for two subsequent years. Funding Agency: Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India.

19. Natural History Assistanceship:Under this project, CEC was provided with funding to conduct trainings in order to develop resource persons to conduct nature education programmes for students. These trained individuals were used to conduct programmes at CEC and for nature clubs, initiated as a part of this project, to create environmentally active and dynamic young students. Funding Agency: Gambhirchand Oomechand Shah Trust. 2004-2005  
20. Mobile Education Van: The large, 27-seater bus was donated to CEC for carrying out environment education on wheels. This bus is used for outreach activities and doorstep pro grammes. Funding Agency: State Bank of India 2004  
21. Capacity Development Programme for teachers: This capacity building programme was adopted in order to improve the standards of conservation education and broaden the reach of awareness activities. It encompassed the development of new educational material such as displays, signage and audiovisuals as well as training workshops for teachers. A Green Teacher Kit was then developed as a resource material for teachers on natural history and environment education.The project also initiated a series of environmental awareness programmes in schools across Mumbai. Funding Agency: Tata Education Trust. 1999-2002  
22. Manori Mangrove Conservation Project: Based on a survey of socio-economic patterns, attitude of people towards mangrove and dependency on forest in the Manori area, this project aimed at developing specialized educational material on mangroves and conducting field educational programmes for local residents and schools through meetings, field visits, slide shows, film shows and demonstrations. Many awareness activities were also carried out at CEC, Mumbai. As a part of this project, the Vasant J. Sheth Memorial Foundation also donated a minibus to CEC for conducting outreach activities. They also funded the revamping of the minibus, which took place in 2009. Funding Agency: Vasant J. Sheth Memorial Foundation 2000-2001  

Periyar Consultancy Project:This project involved a complete and comprehensive awareness-attitude survey of visitors, staff and locals at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. The objective was to study the awareness level and attitude of people towards forest resources, forest department and ecodevelopment activities. Based on the results of this survey, recommendations were made for new educational activities that could be carried out, new exhibits to be installed to raise the awareness level and outreach programmes to improve community relations. Funding Agency: Project Tiger.

7. Others
24. Wildlife Book Donation for Schools: Environment Education is an important tool that would create awareness among the masses and bring out the desired change.  And when it comes to young minds, schools are the best places to begin with. In school education, nature clubs were playing an important role in enriching education. Good literature on wildlife and environment education is an effective tool for teachers that makes nature education easier to understand and creates a dynamic impact on young minds. Unfortunately, so far only elite schools are able to get in touch with wildlife publications as only they can afford these expensive publications. In a commendable effort, Dr. Mrudula Thakkar (BNHS life member & philanthropist) comes forward to fill up the gap between elite and underprivileged schools by providing a set of 13 BNHS publications wildlife books , through Conservation Education Centre (CEC) of BNHS, to 10 schools. Through this, teachers and students would be exposed to a range of wildlife publications which would help them in a varied manner. Out of several nominations of schools from Mumbai, Thane and other parts of India, 10 government schools were selected and invited for the ceremony. Dr. Mrudula Thakkar handed over book sets to school personnel. The successful event was gratefully received by invited school. 2010 Download
25. Wildlife Books Donation for Institutes: Further to the success of the Wildlife Book Donation for Schools, Dr. Mrudula Thakkar donated a set of 13 BNHS publications to 20 institutions (Colleges/ NGO’s) 2010 Download
26. Green Champs Camp:The Green Champs Camp aims at providing an overnight nature camp for students. For a small registration free, students get to enjoy a weekend out in the forest, playing games, making crafts, performing skits and going on trails. This camp works towards making environmental learning fun and accessible to all enthusiastic students. Funded By: Dr. Mrudula Thakkar 2009-2010