Over the last 6 months, the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Team has been involved in a series of environmental education days that are important to create future environmental leaders. These programmes include educational nature walks where we focus on explaining how unique our environment is, our different vegetation types (fynbos, forest and thicket pockets) and why we need to protect our rivers. On these walks we also talk about why we do alien clearing, how we do it and why it is necessary to remove alien, invasive species.
We also focus on the protections of our river systems. We teach children about our unique Barrydale Redfin, which is a critically endangered species only found in the Huis River System. We monitor our river systems by implemented SASS and we share this experience by doing a mini-SASS. This activity lets them experience and observe all the tiny micro-invertebrates up-close and see both the invasive and indigenous fish species in our river systems.
The schools that we have done environmental education days with this year include:
At the end of these events our team always appreciates how import and difficult a task it is to be a teacher. We really love these days and know how important they are for our collective futures. We are excited to be doing more of them… but we are also very glad that its not all we do because its hard work!
We salute the teachers out there and hope that you have a lovely Christmas Break!
GVB Conservancy Staff