Funding from Nature’s Path Foods was instrumental in the creation of the Amazon Conservation Team Rainforest Study Guides for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 published under the Eco-Thumb Publishing imprint. The guides are designed to teach the younger school set about the rainforest, the rainforest’s inhabitants, and the value of conservation. Guide activities include but are far from limited to rainforest-themes word search and crossword puzzles; maps and graphing; research activities; discussion questions; writing and math exercises; list creation; and an exercise that allows pupils to create a rainforest in their classroom.
Junior Park Ranger Guides
Through generous funding from Nature’s Path and the Tico Torres Foundation, ACT created Junior Park Ranger manuals in partnership with our trained park guards. These booklets teach children about local flora and fauna, as well as basic principles of conservation. While these manuals were originally distributed to children in remote rainforest communities, Suriname’s Ministry of Education recently decided to include the resource as part of its new nationwide Environmental Education Box project. Now, children in all of Suriname’s 360 primary schools will also benefit from the manuals.
Youth Biodiversity Monitoring Teams
The forests of Colombia’s upper Caquetá River watershed region harbor high biodiversity. Training groups of local monitors and researchers helps not only to fill gaps in scientific databases, but also to provide a platform for children and youth to become interested in biodiversity in their territories.
In the municipality of Belén de los Andaquíes and in the area of the Yachaikury Indigenous School, ACT has equipped and trained two participatory local monitoring groups consisting primarily of children and youth. They carry out macroinvertebrate, bird and amphibian monitoring and provide information whose analysis contributes to the strengthening of regional conservation processes. Their information also serves as content for monitoring guides and local training tools for the communities.