My first class is Monday in an indigenous village, where I will learn what the participants/students hope to gain from this course, and give a talk on the scientific method, together we will brain storm research we can undertake!
Are aims are: 1. Socialisation and Awareness: Get the community involved and to understand why the forest is important and why we need to conserve it; 2. Environmental Education for Schools: Get local schools involved in conservation. Including in-situ activities; develop learning exchanges with children in schools around Indonesia and the world and develop after-school clubs for the local school in the village – with the intention of expanding these to the school in Palangkaraya; 3. Develop an open-access Education Centre: Establishing a centre in the village. This would be a drop-in centre for schools; a nursery and demonstration site. This would also host exhibitions describing the community patrol team’s work, could host a Dayak cultural exhibition and be a site for after-school activities; 4. Explore the potential for developing a Dayak Cultural Education Initiative. Some of the best protected forests in Kalimantan are those where the forest conservation is driven by Dayak communities and a cultural determination to stop over-exploitation of their natural heritage. Dayak people place a high importance on the forests in the culture, although these are often different values to the one that westerners derive from the forest. Dayak people see the forest as a source of products, of fish and water, meat and medicines, timber for their houses and rattan for their nets. For many communities it is also the place their ancestors spirits go after they die. However much of Dayak lore and Dayak knowledge is being lost as the province develops and cities become the focus more than the jungle. Yet as we have seen, Dayak culture is a strong force for forest protection. It may be desirable to develop a Dayak education project, one which teaches about traditions, dance and music, history and the importance of the environment.
We are creating a walking tour through the Garden highlighting 25 plants that have engaging animal stories. The stories share information such as how a particular animal pollinates the plant, uses it for food or shelter or any co-evolution stories we have. The self-guided tour will be handed out to visitors at the entrance and each plant will have a marker in the shape of the animal in represents to encourage visitors to think about plants as they would be used in their native environments and bring the discussion of animals into the Botanical Garden.
I would like to create a California native plant /xeriscape (low water use) park, that will provide habitat to our diverse wildlife, as well as a learning tool to educate the community on the importance of eliminating the use of Turf grass in landscapes to conserve water. I will accomplish this by helping to organize a team of landscape architects, volunteers, and donors from varying fields whom may share in my vision of a place that I like to call. the Freelands park Thank you, Jerred Branch *I am NOT writing as a representative of RSABG