Learning From Nature
The educator Katia Regina(Assumption biologist) gave Infopress positive feedback after the children visited Fundação Tartaruga’s research camp at Boa Esperança beach for the “Learning from nature” program.
The program started in the morning when the class agreed upon a code of conduct for their stay at the camp, which included rules for playing on the beach, how to act around a sea turtle, and respecting the camp and work materials. After this, the children were split into two groups: “crianças careta” and “animais marinhos”.
Katia Regina d´Assunção encouraged participation in the “Learning from Nature” program and welcomed children from almost every community in Boa Vista, with the exception of children from Fundo de Figueiras and Cabeça de Tarafes who will go this weekend.
During the day the children participated in educational games and were given lessons about turtle nesting and survival. They then learned the process through a demonstration in the camp. According to Katia d´Assunção the activities taught the children about the threats, both natural and anthropogenic, that sea turtles face, and conservation measures meant to protect them. They were also told about the interconnectedness of ecosystems and how humans rely on the environment for our existence.
In the afternoon the “Beach Detective” activity brought the children out to the beach to collect waste, making a list of materials collected and analyzing what should and shouldn’t be on the beach. According to Katya, this activity “is to raise awareness of another problem
which is the waste and plastics that in Boa Vista makes up 3% of the production waste and when not disposed of properly will end up at sea ”.
To finish the day the children were led to the beach by one of the camp’s biologists to the sea turtle nesting process and learn about what the organization does to to monitor the turtles and relocate nests.
In Boavista it is possible to visit turtle nests and see spawning (from July to October). On this page you will find all the information: GO TO TOUR.