1. Environmental Theme Days and Weeks
We consider celebrating important Environmental Days a very important part of environmental education. Keeping the community informed, aware and involved helps the environment. Environmental days celebrated include but are not limited to:
- World Wetlands Day in February
- National Water Week in March
- International Biodiversity Day in May
- World Environmental Week in June
- Arbor Week in September
- Weed Buster Week in October
All schools are welcome to contact us for advice on how to plan and organise the celebration of the above days or weeks.
2. Holiday Programmes
Holiday Programmes are facilitated only during school holidays, special programmes are developed specifically for school groups, places of safety, home-based care, and any community group who wish to visit the botanical gardens for learning.
Bookings can be made prior to school holidays.
3. Combating biodiversity crimes
The Nestle Environmental Education Centre organises an annual biodiversity crimes event to create awareness on the various crimes that affect biodiversity; the factors that influence it, the consequences and to promote the various benefits of biodiversity. Beneficiaries can expect to be educated about crimes such as cycad poaching, illegal entry into reserves, illegal wildlife harvesting and trade, and others.
These events are aimed at beneficiaries of different ages varying from children, youth to adults.
4. Communicating the NBA findings
Following the release of a National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA) report every 5 years; the Centre engages with schools, communities and stakeholders on the state of South Africa’s biodiversity.
The Key Messages from the 2018 NBA Report include:
o The types of biodiversity (Ecosystem, Species and Genetic)
o The importance of biodiversity (benefits)
o Threats to biodiversity
o Ecosystem threat status & Ecosystem protection levels
o South Africa’s biodiversity profile
o Pressures across realms
o Protected area management
Tel: +27 (0)87 740 3654