About NNCP: (Status : Completed during the year 2016 – 2017)
National Nature Camping programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in environment education which is aimed at creating greater awareness, understanding and empathy of children for environment. Through this initiative it is hoped that a child who goes through middle school (Classes 6th to 8th ) will get at least one opportunity for a 2-3 day camping experience. These camps are aimed to motivate them towards conservation-oriented lifestyles and to encourage qualities of leadership, exploration and nature observation. The ‘Nature experience’ given to children and teachers has huge potential to trigger the sensitivity towards nature appreciation and conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels.
The pilot phase of this project happened across the country in 2014 and camps were allotted to various organisations and institutions throughout the country out of which 8 camps were conducted in Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON), Anaikatty, Coimbatore. The next two years 10 camps were conducted at SACON.