Outreach program for Kids – Nature Camp

Conserve and Preserve BNP project

Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli conducted an excellent outreach program for Government High school kids being the first of such initiative of Karnataka Forest Department, BNP along with Wildlife Conservation Group

Recent research has shown that more than any other factor, one thing that fosters environmental consciousness than anything else is: the simple act of getting children outdoors. Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum once said In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” With a similar vision on imparting the idea of conservation in kids, the Karnataka Forest Department initiated an ambitious project called “Chinnara Vanadarshana”. This projects aims to inculcate love and passion towards nature at a tender age by taking them to the wild. This we believe, has a counter effect of creating an environment conscious citizens. Students of class 9th from the Government High Schools located around the forests of Karnataka have been selected. Govt. of Karnataka have selected places where kids can get a first hand experience of our natural assets and feel closer to nature.

Working together with the forest department is an imperative today and inspired citizens have been joining hands with the department to aid them in documentation, monitoring and conserving our forests. “Chinnara Vanadarshana” project provides a platform for a dialogue between kids and the forest officials directly. This will not only bridge the gap between the community and forest department but will also help in furthering governmental measures taken to conserve such areas.

The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” -Gandhiji