Ramat Hanadiv with its varied habitats, in-depth ecological research and professional research staff is an ideal "field laboratory" for the formal education system in Israel.
Ramat Hanadiv provides a number of fundamental learning topics, all revolving around the major theme of the interrelations between humans and their environment:
An all-inclusive and innovative educational website that includes a number of major tools was created (www.ramathanadiv-edu.org.il):
• A comprehensive and up-to-date database that includes information on studies at Ramat Hanadiv and links to other related websites, information pages on the various species in the parks, maps with geographical data on park research projects and a variety of educational materials. All the materials have been processed and adapted to meet the needs of teachers and students.
• Games and challenges that enable students to be partners in park management simulations.
• Monthly field reports focusing on a different study or educational activity in the park each time.
• Meteorological data from the Ramat Hanadiv meteorological station that are updated monthly.
• A communications center that allows students and teachers from all over Israel to ask questions on ecological and environmental topics.
Ramat Hanadiv Educational programs are varied and appeal to students of different ages from primary through secondary school. They all include activity in three realms: in the classroom, in the park area and on the Web. In this manner students from all over Israel can study general ecological and environmental topics via the Ramat Hanadiv educational programs. Classes visit the park during the year (one to six visits) and participate in field research activity. This year students are invited to join the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER-EDU) program at Ramat Hanadiv. Students from all over Israel collect and upload ecological data onto the website so other students can participate in the analysis and draw conclusions based on all the data gathered. Long-term climatic-ecological monitoring and cooperation with students who gather data and study their environment in different sites are likely to support development of various dimensions of ecological literacy, particularly the temporal and spatial dimensions.
In addition to the educational activity on the website five booklets have been published:
• A Collection of Papers in Applied Ecology –published scientific papers related to research at Ramat Hanadiv adapted to the level of secondary school students.
• Things Hidden from the Eye– on the various habitats found in Ramat Hanadiv.
• Biodiversity – on various aspects of management, sustainability and biodiversity conservation at Ramat Hanadiv.
• Methods in Ecological Research – concrete examples of how ecological research in Ramat Hanadiv Park takes place.
• Young Researches at Ramat Hanadiv – five booklets for primary school students on: grazing, signs of animal activity, flowers and butterflies, the cycle of natural materials in the park and life in the Ein Tsur pond.