Why study birds?

Adithi Muralidhar and Anand Krishnan
It is the International Year of the Bird, so what better time to learn more about birds. And what can we learn from birds? Apparently a lot from innovative designs to studying the weather.

Making notes…naturally!

V Santharam Having introduced students to nature and the outdoors, how can we ensure that their interest in their surroundings and their inhabitants is kept alive? One of the ways in which one can sustain the interests of children in Read More …

Wild city

Nina Subramani
Is it possible to marvel at the natural world from the confines of your home? The cities we live in are as much part of the natural world as we allow them to be. One need not travel far. As long as there is sunshine, trees, plants and soil, there is bound to be life. From snails and bats to cuckoos and mynahs, they are all there. We just need to open our eyes and observe the natural world.

Closer to nature: outdoor learning

Adithi Muralidhar

What environmental education are we imparting to our children when they don’t even know the wildlife in their own localities? Step outside your classroom if you want to bring environmental consciousness into the minds of children.

The most dangerous animals are two-legged

Sadhana Ramchander

This author’s trip to the popular Jim Corbett National Park has left her in no doubt that the most dangerous and destructive animals are those that walk on two legs– the human beings.

Green children, green values

Is there something amiss with the teaching of environment education in schools? Despite all the projects that children do on environment, how much do they really know and how much do they care? The author outlines a few objectives that will help children come closer to Nature.

A little give and take

Every school does its bit by getting children to plant a tree or make some compost. But apart from working as little breaks from their otherwise heavy learning schedule do these programmes achieve what they should? Here are some suggestions on how you can ensure sustainability in your EVS classes.

Don’t cut down trees…

That trees are extremely important for Man’s survival is a know fact. Then why do we cut down trees in the name of development and progress? There actually is an alternative to cutting down tress. They can be translocated. This beautiful photo essay tells us how.

Learn Local

Sujatha Padmanabhan
Schools are meant to prepare you for life. But how prepared will you be if they don’t teach you about your own region? Citing Ladakh as an example this article asserts the importance of “locale specific learning.”

Awe-inspiring but vulnerable

Sadhana Ramchander
In our rushed lives, how many of us stop a moment to take a look at what nature has to offer? We don’t even seem to notice that something around us is missing until an environmental group or a news channel points it out to us.