Within the environmental sector it is understood that people who participated in outdoor nature activities as children are more likely to have pro-environment behaviours and attitudes as an adult. Since the inception of Nature Connect in 2001 the primary aim has been to provide opportunities for children to experience the outdoors and in the process to develop a curiosity and interest for the natural environment.
Over the years our scope has widened to focus on further development of individuals who are passionate about nature, hence offering support to schools to assist their conscious journey through our Sustainable Schools Programme. Our vision for a broader, deeper focus also gave rise to our Conservation Leadership Project, which identifies youth who are passionate about nature and nurtures them into leaders that can affect change in their homes, among peers, in their communities and ultimately for the benefit of our natural heritage.
Our focus on developing behavioural change is strengthened through the educator’s own personal and professional journey towards sustainable practices. Their engagement and learning is passed on through practice and implementation at their schools. Educators firmly rooted in sustainable practices are better able to engage their learners and lead whole-school involvement.
We offer schools a diversity of immersive nature experiences and support them in developing sustainable practices at school. Hands-on activities of this nature are often seen as the first step in reconnecting with the natural environment. To strengthen this association we run environmental programmes in the schools.