This year World Wildlife Day was commemorated at Ramat Hanadiv with a story map that tells the story of the animals at Ramat Hanadiv, signs that provide information about the animals and an educational activity about wildlife advocacy.
As part of the educational activity, 6th grade students from the Jasr A-Zarka high school and from the Ort Binyamina high school participated in summit day to learn about wild animals and raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation. The students arrived at Ramat Hanadiv in the early morning to tour the park. They visited the vulture cage and learned to identify footprints of animals such as gazelles and pigs. The students were given a mission – to find signs and other evidence of animals that live in the park – and indeed they did: porcupine burrows, a moving mole rat mound, hairs, droppings and more. After the activity in the park the students returned to the classrooms and had a brainstorming session about how to assist conservation of animal diversity in their nearby environment. After a fascinating discussion, the students prepared notices for the different communication media, posters to hang on noticeboards, teaching plans, and even wrote a letter and a song about ecological corridors. Some of the students asked to keep in contact with the staff of the Nature Park and to receive updates about the wild animals.
This day was particularly special for the personal commitment students, who come each Friday to volunteer at the Nature Park. The students invited children from the Shita preschool in Zikhron Ya’akov to take part in raising awareness about wild animals and the importance of open landscape conservation. After a tour of the goat pen and the sustainability garden, the personal commitment students guided the preschool children in building a living environment for wild animals. The young children, who provided the wild animals with a habitat and food, were required to respond rapidly to construction of a new road that cut their habitat in half. The children, who were momentarily disappointed by the damage to the animals’ tranquility, recovered and began to develop creative solutions such as bridges and tunnels to enable movement of the animals from one side to the other. The preschool children and the personal commitment students agreed that the activity produced a successful, enjoyable and insightful partnership.