At CEC we are constantly in involved in developing programme supportive materials, publications and educational aid. A brief about each is given below:
a. Manuals: CEC has developed three Teachers’ Manual. These are:
- In-Harmony with Nature- A teacher's manual on learning for sustainable living in Maharashtra:The handbook is a compilation of various tools, which can be used by the teachers from Maharashtra to carry out Environment Education and was developed with the funding from MMR- EIS. One copy of this handbook is available for free to the schools. Download
- Maitri Nisargashi: This is the Marathi version of In Harmony with nature and was funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. One copy of this handbook is available for free to the schools. Download
- Green Guide for Teacher: This is the upgraded version of Green Teachers Kit and is available in both English and Marathi. 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. One copy his handbook (either English or Marathi) is available for free to the schools. The cost for general public is Rs. 350/- per copy. Download
b. Field guides: CEC in collaboration with MMR- EIS (a branch of MMRDA) has compiled a set of five field guide of the BNHS Nature Reserve. The themes are Butterflies, Birds, Insects, Moths and Trees/Wildflowers. For details follow the link
2. Education Aids:
a. Educational Trunk: The CEC has developed five Education Trunks help teachers carry out environment education. These are based on five themes viz. Plants, Insects, Birds, Wildlife and Environment. Each is equipped with a self explanatory how to use manual or activity, filed guides, CDs containing Audio visual aids, games, charts and posters as well as equipment to carry out experiments. The trunks can be used from students of Grade I to Grade X. The schools can either hire the trunks for a fixed period to conduct the activities themselves or they can ask our resource person to do the same. You can call us for a free demo before you wish to hire. Charges: Rs. 1000/- per day per trunk and Rs.7000/- per week per trunk. A refundable security deposit of Rs.5000/- each is to be paid. In case the activities a resource person is required Rs. 5000/- extra per day per resource person.
b. Programme brochures: We have come up with five programme brochure targeting specific programmes conducted by us viz.
- School programmes
- College programmes
- Corporate programmes
- CEC Chapters: Thane and Navi Mumbai programmes
- Online Courses
c. AV shows: CEC has prepared about 28 slideshows on various subjects encompassing environment, conservation, biodiversity and natural history. A slideshow can also be customized according to the requirement of a group. A part from that CEC also has a library of various AV shows on the same.
d. Multimedia: We have developed four multimedia presentations on the following themes:
- Plants-Animal Interactions
3. Education Installations: The education installations were developed under the “Infrastructure. Up-gradation Project for Conservation Education” project funded by MMR Environmental Improvement Society
a. Exhibits: We have 42 different exhibits for visitors. These include:
i. Interactive Exhibits: The aim of the interactive exhibit is to engage our visitor specially children. Most of the exhibits have been designed for first time in India. We use both electronic as well as mechanical energy to operate these exhibits.
- Story of Earth: This electronic exhibit is based on evolution. Visitors could choose the era and see for the life that existed during that time on screen.
- Bird Calls: This electronic exhibits is based on bird calls. We have selected 12 commonly heard birds on the BNHS Nature Reserve. The visitor can choose a bird and press the button next to it to hear the recorded bird calls.
- Camouflage: This electronic unique exhibits comprises a snap shot from a forest wherein 25 animals remain hidden. The visitor is need to look out for the camouflaged animals and press the button on the small keyboard which will illuminate the animal that was spotted.
- State Representatives: The mechanical exhibit quizzes a visitor about the state animal, flower, bird and fruit. The visitor has to select one of the correct answers on the board by placing the magnetic prop which signals in Green if the answer is correct.
- Animal Tracks: This mechanical exhibit displays five animal tracks. In order to find out which track belongs to which animal, the visitor has to press the track symbol which pops out the animal on the screen.
- Standing Tall: This is a life size mechanical exhibit measuring five animals, the tallest being an Elephant and smallest being the Mouse Deer. The visitor could stand on a platform and measure their height in comparison to the animals.
ii. Plain Exhibits: These are like colourful huge posters with varying size. They are largely pictorial with brief information. Most of them aim to educate the vi sitor about local flora and fauna of BNHS Nature Reserve. We use different art forms to develop these exhibits. Some of the exhibits are truly piece of artwork.
- BNHS Nature Reserve Map: This shows the map of five nature trails on BNHS Nature Reserve and other areas of interest.
- Green Deeds: This exhibit depicts simple envrionment friendly acts which one can do in their daily lives.
- Leave Footsteps Behind: This is visual way of do's and dont's for entering the BNHS Nature Reserve.
- Green Careers: This exhibit educates about the career map in the field of wildlife and environment conservation.
- Vanishing Animals: This is based on the extinct, endangered and threatened animals of our country.
- Butterflies are Bio-indicators: This exhibit educates visitor about the local butterfly fauna and their importance in nature.
- Amphibians- The dual lives: This exhibit educates visitor about the local amphibian fauna and their importance in nature.
- This Planet Belongs to Insects: This exhibit educates visitor about the local insect fauna and their importance in nature.
- Arachnid- The 8-Legged Wonder: This exhibit educates visitor about the local Arachnid fauna and their importance in nature.
- Trees Are Our Airconditioners: This exhibit educates visitor about the local trees and their importance in nature.
- We are Mammals Too: This exhibit educates visitor about the local mammal fauna and their importance in nature.
- Wildflowers Make Colourful Forest Carpet: This exhibit educates visitor about the local wildflowers and their importance in nature.
- Visit Our Pharmacy: This exhibit educates visitor about the local medicinal plants and their uses.
- Reptiles- The Descendants of Dinosaurs:This exhibit educates visitor about the local reptile fauna and their importance in nature.
- Moths are Cousins of Butterflies: This exhibit educates visitor about the local moth fauna and their importance in nature.
b. Diorama: 15 life size dioramas of the wildlife or the BNR like Atlas moth Spotted deer, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Hanuman langur, Leopard, Common Mongoose, Wild boar, Crested Serpent eagle, Tailor bird, Racket tailed drongo, Asian Paradise flycatcher, Weaver bird with nest as well as the BNHS mascot, i.e. Pied Hornbill are displayed at the Centre.
c. Signage: 45 signage elaborating about the important floral species and faunal species allied with are strategically place throughout BNR.
d. Tank: A freshwater aquarium is maintained by CEC to help the visitors understand the freshwater ecosystem.
4. Souvenirs: CEC has also prepared various souvenirs which can be bought from our product counter.
- a. Posters: 10 posters depicting the varied biodiversity of BNR like wild flowers, moths, caterpillars, snakes have been developed by us. Status: Not in stock
- b. Sticker: A sticker strip comprising of 10 butterflies stickers. Status: Available
- c. Pin: A pin depicting the BNHS logo i.e. Malabar Pied Hornbill. Status: Not in stock