Young Naturalists’ Workshop for your kids

With an exponential rise in the number of children inclined towards Nature, it is only logical that there exist more avenues for Children to learn about, interact with and experience the Natural World.

Unfortunately, this isn’t true for most city
dwelling children. Children seem to possess more information today than ever before but are unable to test their knowledge or hypotheses through experience. Consequently, they don’t actually learn much. If experience and life are our best teachers, then it is only fair that we offer children the chance to learn about what they are passionate about through experiences that we bring to them. This summer, The Gerry Martin Project (TGMP) is going to be running four ‘Young Naturalists’ Workshops’ at different locations, focusing on separate learning objectives.

 The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT)
They will be working on reptile biology here, focusing on management of reptiles in captive conditions. There is also a very interesting field component to this program as they willl be camping out at Romulus Whitaker’s farm and learning field techniques in reptile biology and  also a guided tour with the legendary Irula
Snake Catchers.Children will get hands on experience by working with the staff and specialists at the Croc Bank as well as shadowing the Irulas during their snake hunt. Some of the topics addressed are Reptile Captive Management, Safety Protocols, Small Wildlife Tracking, Reptile Veterinary Care, Survey Techniques, Field Techniques in Crocodile Research, Snakebite First Aid Protocol, etc.
Dates- 11th to 15th April and 18th to 22nd April 2011.
Age Bracket: 12 to 16 yrs.

The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS)
Known primarily for its heavy Monsoon, Agumbe is a unique example of lowland rainforest. ARRS was set up in 2005 by Romulus Whitaker to study and conserve king cobras in the region. Today, it has evolved into a full-fledged research station, focusing on multiple aspects of research, conservation and education.
On this workshop, children will gain field skills as young naturalists and experience the reality of research and conservation. They will develop skills in Canopy Access, Radio Telemetry, Game Tracking, Outdoor Survival, Camera Trapping, Survey Techniques and a lot more.
Dates- 11th to 15th April 2011.
Age Bracket: 10 to 16 yrs.

The Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team (ANET) field station
GMP will be running their Island Ecology Workshop. There will be a lot of exploration, skill building and courses. Children will learn basics in Canopy Access, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Outdoor Survival, Nature Photography, etc. Children will get a chance to understand and experience various species of reptiles, birds and small mammals in their habitats. There will also be a significant marine exploration aspect to the workshop where children will learn snorkeling and scuba diving under professional instructors.
Dates- 18th to 23rd April 2011.
Age Bracket: 12 to 16 yrs.

Romulus Whitaker’s Camp
Rom Whitaker is a pioneer in reptile conservation and has been at the forefront of the field for around four decades. He founded the first snake park in India, the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, Andaman and Nicobar Environmental Team, Irula Snake Catchers’ Co-operative Society among many other achievements and endeavours.Rom now lives on the edge of a reserve forest about an hour away from Chennai. He has set up a small campsite to allow enthusiasts to experience Nature and also build skills in field biology. Gerry Martin will be taking a group of 18 kids over to Rom’s campsite to run them through the basics in field biology. They will learn outdoor skills, camera trapping, bio-statistics, reptile taxonomy, bird watching and a lot more.
Dates- 11th to 15th April
Age Bracket: 10 to 16 yrs.

For more details or to register, please get in touch with Conan on conan@gerrymartin.in or call Gerry on 9845779666

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