The Conservation Education Centre (CEC) of BNHS stands tall amidst lush green cover at Goregaon, within the Film City premises. In 1983, the Maharashtra Government, at the behest of the Government of India, offered the land in recognition of the Society’s 100 years of service in nature conservation.
Since 1993, when the centre began its activities, it has worked towards creating awareness and concern about nature in students, educators, government employees, corporate bodies and the lay person. The diverse activities at CEC from walks to workshops to certificate courses draw scores of visitors every year. The centre particularly strives to make conservation education accessible to the underprivileged students.
The certificate courses conducted by the centre every year in subjects such as ornithology, herpetology, biodiversity conservation, butterfly studies, botany and marine conservation are very popular. Anyone with interest and a basic qualification (Class X) can apply for the courses.
Mumbai CEC remains a platform for corporate social responsibility activities.
BNHS is set to begin one more Conservation Education Centre at Palava city in Dombivali, Mumbai. The Society has signed an agreement with Lodha Developers. The centre, to be built by the Lodha group, will be managed by BNHS. The centre is expected to be functional by June 2019. It will be an added fillip to the Society’s conservation education work in Maharashtra.