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Hornbill Nature at Gold Crest High

The Conservation Education Center (CEC) of BNHS had launched Hornbill Nature Club in Goldcrest high School, Vashi in June 2011. The club included students from pre-primary, primary, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Altogether 640 students and 25 teachers were involved in the club activities. These students underwent series of environmental programmes that were based on their syllabus. The club activities started with a training workshop for the teachers wherein the teachers were trained and introduced to the different environment based activities and approaches.  Till date activities based on nine different themes like Biodiversity, Monsoon Diversity, Endangered Wildlife, Grassland Ecosystem, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Adaptation in Nature, Waste Management, Mangroves are covered. The activities were inclusive of nature trails, hands on activities, flash card stories, puppet show and games. The higher class students were engaged in the yearlong documentation of biodiversity in school locality i.e. to study the biodiversity around the school. Under the same project students were involved in establishing and maintaining a Butterfly and Medicinal garden in the school premises. The whole idea behind establishing such gardens is to make student observant and familiar to the important plants and life of small animals. A walkathon has been planned in the forth coming month wherein students will be interacting with the residents of societies around the school and deliver the message of eco-friendly and sustainable life style.
Nature Interpretation Centre (Matheran) This Nature Interpretation Centre aims at raising awareness about the environment and to address the need for nature conservation, besides highlighting the importance of the eco sensitive zone to the tourists in Matheran. Under the first phase of this project Conservation Education Centre will carry out a basic biodiversity survey of Matheran, identify nature trails, establish a Butterfly and Medicinal garden and train the locals as nature guides for the Matheran Municipal Corporation. The basic biodiversity survey will be conducted for the plants, insects, amphibian, reptiles and the birds. The list of flora and fauna developed during the survey will be used to develop exhibits in the second phase of the projects. This information will be available in the Nature Trail Manual which we will be developed for the nature guides. The nature trail identification involves a survey of the existing paths to check the biodiversity and the possibility of conducting a nature trail on these paths will be explored. These trails will be mapped on Google Maps and will be included in the Nature Trail Manual. The butterfly and medicinal garden will be established to educate the tourist about importance of the butterflies and medicinal plants and to spread awareness and the locals will be trained as nature guides who can sensitize the tourists about environment.


 

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Hornbill Nature Club – Goldcrest High, Vashi

The Conservation Education Center (CEC) of BNHS had launched Hornbill Nature Club in Goldcrest high School, Vashi in June 2011. The club included students from pre-primary, primary, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Altogether 640 students and 25 teachers were involved in the club activities. These students underwent series of environmental programmes that were based on their syllabus. The club activities started with a training workshop for the teachers wherein the teachers were trained and introduced to the different environment based activities and approaches.  Till date activities based on nine different themes like Biodiversity, Monsoon Diversity, Endangered Wildlife, Grassland Ecosystem, Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Adaptation in Nature, Waste Management, Mangroves are covered. The activities were inclusive of nature trails, hands on activities, flash card stories, puppet show and games. The higher class students were engaged in the yearlong documentation of biodiversity in school locality i.e. to study the biodiversity around the school. Under the same project students were involved in establishing and maintaining a Butterfly and Medicinal garden in the school premises. The whole idea behind establishing such gardens is to make student observant and familiar to the important plants and life of small animals. A walkathon has been planned in the forth coming month wherein students will be interacting with the residents of societies around the school and deliver the message of eco-friendly and sustainable life style.