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AfriCat Environmental Education Programme

AfriCat’s Environmental Education Mon - Fri  Programme for Schools/Clubs/Teachers/Students

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AfriCat Environmental Education Programme 2015
NB: This is a sample programme. All times and content are subject to change. Our programme has to be highly flexible to accommodate a large number of variables: e.g. the arrival and departure times of groups, the age and ability of the participants; the action in the Okonjima Nature Reserve (ONR) as well as the daily tourism requirements of both the AfriCat Foundation and Okonjima Lodge.

DAY 1:
Groups are requested to try and arrive by 12 noon at the latest. The earlier you arrive, the more fun we can have!

  • Welcome Introduction and Camp Rules 
  • R&R @ the Okonjima's Campsite Swimming Pool
  • Lunch
  • Quiet Time! 15 – 30mins: "Chill time"/ Reading/ Exploring your Camp/ Watch Birds/ Look for the Damara Dik Dik / learning the art of being 'still'

15:00: Team Allocation and Team-signature and Introduction of Role Plays

15:45: The transfer of Energy – "Our biggest challenge?
[The students are given 2 boxes and they have to use the contents to illustrate how energy is transferred in a natural ecosystem. After this we guide them to arrive at the "bottom line" of all the challenges facing our planet today.]

16:15: Tea Time

16:30: Why the Carnivores? Introducing Namibia’s six Large Carnivores.

17:00: Nature-walk to riverbed for 'Team-Building' related activities

18:45: Back at the AfriCat Environmental Education Centre (AEEC) and Shower-time

19:30: Sunset and Dinner and Clean up

20:30: Campfire Games

21:00: Lights Out, Silence and well-deserved Sleep

 

DAY 2 (BIODIVERSITY):

6:00: Morning Tea and Coffee

6:20: Sunrise Walk

7:00: Breakfast (PACK TEA and SWIMMING COSTUMES!)

8:00: Depart for AfriCat Headquarters up in the Okonjima Valley.

8:30 – 9:30: Environmental Education Wall: "What is it telling us?
[At the AfriCat Information Centre we have an 'artistic representation' of all the main concepts that are part of our programme. Every part has a message: either an ecological one or a life skill one. eg: The 'spider web' representing our environment with the characteristics of a spider’s web, being the same as our environment.]

9:30: AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre – visit our carnivore ambassadors - Viewing 3 of the 6 Large Carnivores

10:45: Tea Time

11:00: Wonderful Wahu. – A special trip to see our most popular AfriCat Ambassador

12:00: Swimming Time

13:00: Lunch and Tuck-Shop-Time

Quiet Time!

14:30: Tour of the AfriCat Information Centre

16:00: Tea Time

16:15: Okonjima Nature Reserve Game Drive and Sundowners at view point

20:00: Dinner and Clean-up and Campfire Presentation

21:00: Lights Out

 

DAY 3 (LIFE SKILLS):

6:30: Departure for ONR & the 'popular' Dawn-drive to meet the Sunrise!
Activity change over.

8:00: Breakfast in Riverbed and Wildlife Survival Games

9:00: 'Giving Back'
['Giving' is a very important part of our lives. Here we combine that principle with our Land Rehabilitation Programme, the essential 'hands on' activity and the national bush encroachment challenge.]

11:00: Land Recovery & Rehabilitation Discussion READ MORE: Sponsor a research project in the Okonjima Nature Reserve

12:00: Swimming

13:00: Lunch and Tuck-Shop-Time

Quiet Time!

14:30: Solitude

15:00 - 17:00: 'Namibian Waterfall' and Games
[This depends on numerous variables, but here we explore the unusual landscape of a real Namibian Waterfall in the "Poort/Valley" region of the Okonjima Game Reserve. Once we reach the riverbed of the Omboroko River we encourage the scholars to become one with our wildlife by playing 'animal-inspired' games like The 'Thirsty Oryx' or 'The Leopard Stalk']

17:00: Drive back to AEEC

18:00: Shower Time

19:00: Dinner and Clean up

20:00: Night Walk

21:00: Lights Out

 

Day 4 (Sustainability):

6:15: Polar Bear or Sunrise Walk
['Polar Bear' entails getting themselves up and swimming at 6am . . . whatever the weather! This is an exercise in self discipline.]

7:00: Breakfast

8:00: Guided Bushman Trail.
[We use this trail to show that the way the Bushmen lived was the ultimate in sustainable living. Experience a day in the life of a Bushman. It constitutes an easy walking trail and is highly informative. Guests get to learn about the art of making traditional artefacts and how the San adapt and survive in an unforgiving wilderness environment. Participation is welcomed!]

10:30: Tea Time and setting-up the Solar Cooker (weather permitting)

11:00: Using the skills that we learnt from the San People Solar cooking / Tree planting / The three R’s - Recycle, Re-use, Reduce

12:00: Swimming

13:00: Lunch and Tuck Shop

Quiet Time!

14:00: Departure to Plains Camp for a Curio-shop visit and some 'retail therapy'

15:00: Departure from Plains Camp to ONR – Hyena | Cheetah walk

17:30: Shower and Team-Time to prepare for Quiz and Plays

18:30: Bush Quiz

19:30: Dinner and Clean up

20:30: Presentation of Role Plays

21:30: Pack-up and Lights Out

 

Day 5:

This programme is very variable as it depends on time of departure

6:15: Polar Bear and up the 'Leopard Loop Sunrise' and then the big 'Clean up'

7:30: Breakfast and final clean up

8:30: Final Session – Bush Quiz and Presentation

9:00: Depart for Home ♥

NB: Group is welcome to depart later (prior request), but this seems to be the preferred time.

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