Nepal Nature school
(A field-based schooling on Nepal’s Nature, biodiversity & natural resources)
Green Institute runs Nepal Nature School (a field-based schooling on Nepal’s Nature/biodiversity).The duration of the course is one month. The course deals with issues related to nature/biodiversity and conservation issues. This schooling program will be carried out within naturally rich and beautiful sites like national parks, protected areas, conservation areas, wetlands (Ramsar sites), wildlife reserve, hunting reserve and world heritages sites with natural and cultural significance.
The program is an opportunity for International students and people to see, feel, know and experience Nepal’s natural beauty, diversity, communities and people being within natural areas. It attempts to introduce International students about Nepal’s nature and biodiversity.Additionally, this program helps to develop leadership potential of International students & young people through field based learning and volunteer works.
The program presents a hands-on experience gained through field based study and research activities organized around diverse environmental issues. The schooling program will centre on practical environmental problems, questions and issues of Nepal at local level.
Objective of the course:
The main objective of the schooling course is to facilitate International students to acquire practical knowledge, better understanding and information on Nepal’s nature/biodiversity issues, being close to nature.
Learning will be focused around following areas:
- Biodiversity conservation issues, initiatives, challenges
- Eco-tourism/Nature based tourism
- Livelihood/economy or Natural resources economy
- Wildlife poaching and trade
- Human-wildlife conflict
- People and culture/cultural diversity
System of learning/teaching
This is not a class-room based study program. This is totally a field-based learning course. Learning will be carried out in natural area. Nature or naturally beautiful region will be an open school and class rooms for the students. Field based study provides practical experience and a chance to integrate and apply knowledge gained in the classroom.
Initially, the students will be engaged on face-to-face interaction with experts on nature/biodiversity issues and highly experienced environmental professionals. The students will visit some relevant institutions to be well aware of the issues.The students will have to work with local naturalists, conservationists, activists, people and organizations. While learning, the students might go for jungle safari or jungle walk. While in the field, the students have to gather data, information and make an analysis of the issues. The students have to interact with local people including poor, marginalized and indigenous people. The students have to work with young people and local people to support their conservation initiatives. Sometimes, the students might have to attend some programs like meeting, workshop, conference to be held at local level. Throughout the field based study, a nature guide or a highly knowledgeable person about nature/biodiversity issues will facilitate, coordinate and support the field-based study as a coordinator and mentor.
The students will have to write a report by conducting a study/research on any nature and wildlife issues to be given by the research supervisor.
A home-stay will be managed during the entire field-based study. The students will have to stay at a home of local people and have local foods served by the people.
Location : Chitwan National Park( UNESCO World heritage site) area, Chitwan, Nepal
Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal Tiger. Chitwan National Park (CNP), established in 1973, was Nepal’s first National Park. Located in the Southern Central Terai of Nepal, it formerly extended over the foothills, the property covers an area of 93,200 hectares, extends over four districts: Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Parsa and Makwanpur. (Source:http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/284)
Nepal Nature schooling camp highlights:
- Jungle / wildlife safaris by foot, jeep and elephant
- Seeing one-horned rhinoceroses, bears, leopards, crocodiles and monkeys, Bengal tigers amongst others, and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies.
- Bird watching in and around the jungle
- Visiting Bishajar Taal/Lake (20,000 lakes) and wetland(Ramsar site) area
- Staying and interaction with poor and indigenous people and experiencing their unique cultures
- Working with local youth, environmental activists, environmentalists and conservation organizations
Dates for Nepal Nature schooling camp:
- 3rd february-3rd March 2017
- 1st March-1st April 2017
- 1st April-1st May 2017
- 3rd October -3rd November 2017
- 4th November- 4th December 2017
Upon completion of the field-based study program, submission of a report and power point presentation, the students will get the certificate.
International students and foreigners with interest on Nepal’s environmental, natural resources and biodiversity issues are eligible to join the schooling course. Undergraduate students from foreign institutions are strongly encouraged to apply and join the schooling course.
For further information and Application system:
In order to apply for the course and for further information please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
The interested people have to fill out the application form ( to be sent by the Green Institute through email) and send back, together with curriculum vitae.