Nature Camps for School Students

 

Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology & Natural History (SACON), Anaikatty, Coimbatore, is now opening a new programme of Nature camps for School students. The first batch registration will start from 12th of July for the period of three months (17th July to 16th of October 2017). Two types of camps will be available and schools can select according to their choice. These camps will introduce the basic ecological concepts; enhance observation and interpretation skills of children through activities, games and interactive sessions. This camp will be a short training on ornithology with introduction to various environmental concepts. Each participant will be given a certificate of participation in the camp. The nature camp will be suitable to children from 5th to 9th Standard. This can be inclusive of children with alternative learning abilities.

Option I: Three days –Two nights

Option 1 offer the chance of attending the short term camp of three days and two nights duration. Participants have to arrange their travel to SACON and back on their own.

Camp Criteria:

  • No. of Participants – Min: 20, Max: 30 accompanied by maximum two teachers.
  • A fee of Rs. 2000/- per head. (Fee includes the expenses of food, accommodation and a kit of Nature Education materials and the charges for the usage of binoculars and books used in the camp)
  •  Students should bring blankets and walking shoes.
  • Binoculars will be given for use on double/ triple sharing basis.
  • Students will be accommodated in rooms and tents on sharing basis.
  • A camp kit will be given which will contain identification brochures of birds, butterflies, Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) and plants, pen, pencil, notepad, eraser, scale, sharpner and a sling bag.

Day wise Camp Programme Option 1

DAY 1

Time Programme
10:00- 12:00 Arrival of Children, Introduction to the camp (Ice breaking activity, Introduction to SACON, forest, do’s and don’ts of the camp)
12:00- 13:00 Introduction to the world of wilderness- Interactive session+ Movie
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 16:00 Introduction to the world of birds/butterflies interactive session.
16:00- 16:15 Break
16:15- 17:00 Nature Games on camouflage.
17:15- 18:15 Nature Walk and Sounds of Nature I (dusk).
18:15- 19:00 Break
19:00- 20:00 Star gazing and story time (Puppetry)
20:00- 21:00 Dinner

DAY 2

Time Programme
06:00- 07:00 Sounds of Nature II ( dawn )
07:00- 07:15 Break
07:15- 09:00 Nature Walk/ Bird watching.
09:00- 09:30 Breakfast
09:30- 13:00 Outdoor Nature activities and games (Sound and seek/ food chain/ dumb charades)
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 15:00 Interaction with SACON scientist
15:00- 16:30 Nature treasure hunt
16:30- 16:45 Break
16:45- 17:45 Evening Nature Walk
17:45- 18:15 Sounds of Nature III (dusk)
18:15- 18:30 Break
19:00- 20:00 Night watch
20:00- 21:00 Dinner

DAY 3

Time Programme
06:00- 06:30 Sounds of Nature  IV (dawn)
06:30- 06:45 Break
06:30- 08:00 Nature walk / bird watching
09:00- 09:30 Breakfast
09:30- 12:00 Nature games and activities (Bark fingerprint, Role play, Nature Skit)
12:00- 13:00 Valedictory session (Feedback and Sharing of experience by participants, Certificate distribution to participants)
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:30 Departure

 

Option 2 : Two day and one night

             On the similar line, option 2 gives the chance of attending a short term camp of  two day and one night duration. All camp criteria are the same except the fee and schedule. Fee for the two day camp will be Rs.1500/- per head.

 

Day wise Camp Programme Option 2

DAY 1

Time Programme
10:00- 11:30 Arrival of Children, Introduction to the camp (Ice breaking activity, Introduction to SACON, forest, do’s and don’ts of the camp)
11:30- 13:00 Introduction to the world of birds- interactive session.
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 16:00 Introduction to the world of insects/ snakes – interactive session.
16:00- 16:15 Break
16:15- 17:00 Nature Games on camouflage.
17:15- 18:15 Nature Walk and Sounds of Nature I (dusk).
18:15- 19:00 Break
19:00- 20:00 Star gazing and  Night watch – Roosting of birds/ butterflies
20:00- 21:00 Dinner

DAY 2

Time Programme
06:00- 07:00 Sounds of Nature II ( dawn )
07:00- 07:15 Break
07:15- 09:00 Nature Walk/ Bird watching.
09:00- 09:30 Breakfast
09:30- 13:00 Outdoor Nature activities and games (Sound and seek, food chain, dumb charades)
13:00- 14:00 Lunch
14:00- 16:00 Nature games and activities (Bark fingerprint, Role play, Nature Skit)
16:00- 17:00 Valedictory session (Feedback and Sharing of experience by participants, Certificate distribution to participants)
17:00- 17:15 Tea and departure

Brief of activities to be conducted:

  • Nature Walk and Bird watching: Children will be taken on walks in different tracks inside the forest in and around SACON campus. These walks are planned such that they would be able to experience shrub forests and dry deciduous forests and also see the difference. Bird watching is also introduced to make them understand the importance of keen observation and simultaneously enjoy the beauty and the role of birds and wildlife in our lives. Children will be made to listen to various sounds through acoustic equipments.
  • Sounds of Nature: During dawn and dusk the children will be introduced to the soundscape of the forested surroundings.
  • Pick an insect: This game will introduce them to the concept of camouflage and the ecological role of camouflage in nature.
  • Bark Fingerprint: Bark of trees is unique for each species like our finger print. Feel it by touch, smell, observation and learn about them in this field activity.
  • Sound and Seek: Prey predator relationship of animals is complicated natural phenomenon. How do they understand and deal with each other in a forest, how they communicate with each other; all these aspects are conveyed in this game.
  • Role Play: This game will introduce to the students some vital environmental problem of our surrounding and the students have to involve, learn in the activities through the medium of role play.
  • Nature Treasure hunt: A treasure hunt with environmental clues will teach them and also will give them enjoyment in the process of learning.
  • Food chain: To make children understand the importance of biodiversity, interdependence among the organisms and also the importance of ecological balance a simple innovative game on food chain will be played.