Environmental Education

The Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area is home to awe-inspiring animals and plants. 

 

That’s why we want to showcase our natural world, to help others – especially young children – experience these wonders for themselves.

 

SHOWCASING OUR NATURE TO CHILDREN

The Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area allows children to enter a new world – a world of wonder at nature’s secrets and ingenuity. 

Here children can experience the complex Fynbos and Renosterveld plants, the open wetlands, and all the animals that live here. They can see and hear what this Overberg countryside has to offer. They can get their knees just a little dirty touching nature. And they can learn about how we protect our landscapes and waterscapes.

The Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA now brings school groups out to visit the area where requested. From small, rural farm schools, to larger schools, classes of varying ages are hosted here.

How children are introduced to our nature: 

During the trip, the children enjoy an outdoors programme (if the weather permits it). It includes lessons on nature, and the opportunity to experience it in new and innovative ways. Lessons are interactive, fun and age-appropriate. And they take place in a safe environment, overseen by relevant staff (with support from teachers or parents).

The aim? To help young people reconnect with our natural world, to encourage future lives that live in harmony with nature, and to foster future leaders who care as deeply for our planet as we do.

Recent thrills for Elim’s scholars

Once a year, the children from the Elim Primary School and the Mispah School for Learners with Special Educational Needs visit our wetlands. And in 2023 we again hosted around 300 children from both schools.

The programme was provided by the Whale Coast Conservation, in two full days of fun. The scholars got to know more about ecosystem services and ecosystem engineers in fun, interactive lessons. And they enjoyed getting their feet a little wet in these pristine wetlands, to the sounds of Micro Frogs and other amphibian friends in the background. 

Enjoy some of these pictures captured during their visit in November.  

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past school trips in the Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA

 

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Donors and partners

 

To our donors over the past financial year, we are incredibly grateful. Thank you for your support, enabling us to protect this irreplaceable area, and improve lives here:

 

 

Donors and partners

To our donors over the past financial year, we are incredibly grateful. Thank you for your support, enabling us to protect this irreplaceable area, and improve lives here:

 

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