Education and Public Engagement
The connection that we as individuals have to Nature arises primarily through first-hand contact with animals and plants; with some kind of wilderness. Can we help make these connections? Once made, can we help nurture and develop them? In this programme, we complement other education work at NCF by engaging children and adults in ecological observation; and by developing, displaying and distributing nature education material.
Although we know that the natural world is changing rapidly, there is very little information on the details, especially from a country like India, with tremendous biodiversity and relatively little research. One solution is for scientists and interested members of the public to team up to monitor what is happening. Our two primary projects along these lines look at bird distribution & abundance, and at tree seasonality.
Nature education material
The natural world is wonderfully diverse and varied. How can we convey our affection and fascination with nature to others? Over the years, NCF has developed a variety of material attempting to do this; and we continue to try to design and produce appealing and accurate material of this kind.
Writing for a broader audience
Many of us at NCF love to write, and through our writing, to describe our affection for nature. We write blog posts, and articles for newspapers, magazines and more. Our audience in this is varied: the general public, interested citizens, children. Describing what we value and explaining why we value it is as important as our research and conservation work.
Collaborating with Schools and Teachers
In partnership with schools, teachers, educationists and designers we are creating an age appropriate and locally relevant nature learning framework and modules
- Popular Article2019Eight-eyed and everywhereThe Hindu Sunday Magazine, 23 February
Jostling for column space among reports of new snakes, reptiles and frogs discovered, are a particularly delightful and large group of spiders called jumping spiders. These little arachnids are known for their astonishing array of cognitive abilities and are considered model organisms to study behaviour, as well as answer theoretical questions about communication, foraging, courtship, mating and parental care.
- Popular Article2018Spiders: The weavers and stalkers amongst usiWonder Issue 4, Jan 2018
A piece on spiders for iWonder, an Indian magazine for science middle school teachers. Fun and fascinating facts about spiders to talk and discuss about in the classroom. Lots of activities that teachers can do with students in and outside the class room.
- Book2018Off to see spiders!StoryWeaver by Pratham Books
Kaveri and Shivi go looking for spiders, along with their friend Shama. A story for young children commissioned and published by Pratham Books', StoryWeaver platform.
Guest editor: Bijal Vachharajani, Art: Pia Meenakshi
- Popular Article2018Meet the world’s smallest wild catThe Hindu, In school, March 18 2018
A peek into the life of the rusty-spotted cat, an elusive feline found in the forests of India.
- Poster2018Birds Around Us
- Journal Article2018eBird in Asia: standardised tools for birdwatchersBirdingASIA, 29:105-108
- Book Review2018Not just a waste – Book Review of ‘The Poop book’SAEVUS Magazine. December 2018. Pp 24-25.
Jeganathan, P. (2018). Not just a waste – Book Review of ‘The Poop book’. SAEVUS Magazine. December 2018. Pp 24-25.
- Book Chapter2018Public Participation in Understanding BiodiversityPp 160-165 in Karnataka State Biodiversity Board, Souvenir 2003-2018
- Popular Article2018I am a Scientist - InterviewiWonder Issue 5, Nov 2018
Featured in the magazine iWonder, a science magazine for (middle and high) school teachers.
- Popular Article2017Life of PineThe Hindu in School, 8 March