Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists

The Trust recently released Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard. This interdisciplinary set of teaching lessons was developed in collaboration with Facing the Future. It was designed for students in 5th-8th grade, and is available for free. Click here to download the 7 Mb PDF file

Our India team has also been continuing their great work inspiring a new generation of conservationists living in snow leopard habitat. Hundreds of children in the Spiti Valley are benefiting from Himalayan Nature Clubs (HNCs) set up in local schools, and Youth Awareness Clubs (YACs) in villages. The HNCs and the nature camps that they participate in increase awareness of children aged 10-13 years (grades V to VIII) about local wildlife and landscape, their diversity, importance and conservation. The YACs target rural youth to create wildlife and conservation awareness by involving them in wildlife conservation through nature interpretation, eco-tourism, documentation and monitoring.

The team has also been working to enhance the capacity of local teachers in conservation education. The approach is focused on providing teachers with the tools and methods to learn how to organize outdoor, experiential-based environmental education activities for children. They have created a Teachers’ Guide for Environmental Education Activities and during workshops for teachers demonstrate several sample lessons from these activities.

They are also extending their conservation education work into Ladakh, and have added more than a dozen new Himalayan Nature Clubs in schools there, touching hundreds more students!

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