Harold Porter NBG: Biodiversity Education Programme
Two programmes offered:
- Garden-based Schools Programme
- Other Guided Groups
The Garden-based School Programme
The Garden-based School Programme offers hands-on, interactive, curriculum-linked learning programmes to learners from Grade R to 12. Learners can have fun learning in a beautiful natural environment. The Garden is situated in the Kogelberg Biosphere and extends from the mountain, with the Disa and Leopards Kloofs, to the sea thus creating opportunities for a wide range of lessons including a marine ecology lesson. Special lessons are facilitated in celebration of the Environmental Days and Weeks.
Lessons are offered in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
The days on which the guided programme is offered are:
Tuesday - Friday (throughout the school year)
Times: 09h30-11h30 for Grades R-2; 09h30-12h30 for Grades 3-12
Cost: R10.00 per learner
Planning and booking your lesson:
- Decide well in advance when a lesson in the Garden is going to be most beneficial to your learners.
- Contact Eunice Jurgens to book your lesson.
- A booking form will be sent to you via fax or email. Complete and return the booking form, making sure to indicate your choice of lesson.
- To confirm this booking, the full amount should be deposited into the SANBI bank account seven days after we have received the booking information (see booking form for account number). Cheques should be made out to the South African National Biodiversity Institute.
- Please ensure that there is at least one educator or adult available to supervise every 20-25 learners.
- One educator or adult per 25 learners participates free of charge; accompanying educators and adults are expected to be with the group for the duration of the lesson.
Please note the following:
- In hot weather, learners must carry a bottle of water.
- Learners should bring their own lunch as there is no tuck-shop to buy snacks or drinks.
- Learners will need to eat a snack before entering the Garden for the lesson and have their lunch after the lesson because of the baboons which may be present in the Garden.
- Please arrive in good time for the start of your lesson.
Other Guided Programmes
Youth and Adult Groups
Lessons in the Garden on environmental themes are also offered to youth and adult groups from community and environmental interest groups, tertiary education institutions and partner institutions. We also do off-site programmes, for example, with special needs schools who cannot visit the Garden.
Days on which the programme is offered:
- Tuesday to Friday during school terms
- Monday to Friday during school holidays
Times may vary according to the requirements of the group. Usually 3 hours duration.
Cost: R10.00 per person
Contact Eunice Jurgens
Details of Lessons for 2014:
Biodiversity Learning Programme
Learners observe at the diversity in our nation and the diversity of different species of animals and plants. They then get to see how diverse fynbos plants are. A large part of the Garden is not cultivated, making a biodiversity lesson a journey of discovery.
Biomes Learning Programme
Our cultivated garden has a number of areas where different ecosystems are represented. This is ideal for our biomes lessons as learners can move from the forest area to the coastal dune, to the wetland area and into the fynbos garden to conduct investigations. Each biome has its own special type of plant and animal life. Learners consider the pressures and threats to each biome.
Forest Ecology Learning Programme
The indigenous forest offers learners an opportunity to discover the living creatures that live on the ground floor, understorey and canopy of our forest. They are also introduced to beautiful trees and are taught about their importance to human survival. They learn concepts such as habitat, food webs and ecosystems.
Senses Learning Programme
The younger learners can listen to the different sounds in the Garden, and also smell, touch and see the beautiful flora. They can listen to the birds and smell our lemon-scented pelargoniums. They have fun learning through play.
Plant adaptations Learning Programme
Learners discover how plants adapt to their environment in order to survive. They then make the link to human adaptation. We also focus on Fynbos adaptations.
Useful Plants (medicinal plants) Learning Programme
In the Khoisan garden, learners can correlate the use of medicinal plants in history to their usefulness today. They learn about the medicinal, ecological, aesthetic and economic importance of South African plants. They make the association between everyday household goods with the plants found in the Khoisan Garden.
Marine Ecology Learning Programme
The marine lesson is an adventure on the rocks. There are lots of discoveries to be made by curious learners in these beautiful surroundings. They investigate sandy and rocky shores. They can find sea lice and ghost crabs in the sand, limpets on the rocks and octopuses in the rock pools. Learners can touch live abalone, starfish, chitins and anemones. The impact of poaching on marine life is discussed.
Special Weeks Learning Programmes
The following environmental calendar days and weeks are celebrated with special programmes: Wetlands Week, Water Week, Biodiversity Week, Environmental Week, Arbor Week, Marine Week and Heritage Week.