One of Thornybush Community’s new projects, Kids in Conservation is an exciting initiative that helps local kids achieve their Scouts conservation badges. To do this, children must complete a three-day camp with us and must attain a set of essential life and conservation skills.
These skills include self-awareness and self-management, creativity, communication, problem solving and decision making, and form part of a curriculum developed by Conservation South Africa.
These skills are then coupled with conservation awareness through Thornybush Private Nature Reserve. These include introduction to the anti-poaching canines and mounted units, the ability to track and learn the signs of the bushveld, understanding water management and eco systems and identifying medicinal plants.
Kids in Conservation gives youth the chance to learn about the protected areas adjacent to where they live and to delve deeper into their cultural heritage. It also allows them to have some fun in a bush environment with expert safari guides.
Thornybush Private Nature Reserve offers volunteer camps for groups of eight learners and two scout leaders, and they have been a great success. This programme is made possible through our partnerships with Conservation South Africa, Thornybush Nature reserve, Nourish Eco Village and the Mikalsky family.