Environment Education

The vision of ATREE’s Environment Education (EE) programme is to promote understanding and environmental action amongst diverse stakeholders towards conserving India’s key natural resources broadly classified under the themes of  Land, Water, and Forests. 

ATREE follows a ‘Hands-On Place-based Education’ (HOPE) approach that promotes experiential learning and environmental stewardship. The HOPE model with its dual focus on Understanding and Action aligns with the mandate of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) outlined by UNESCO, the National Curriculum Framework (NCF, 2005), the Right to Education (RTE, 2009) and the New Education Policy (NEP, 2020) India.

Environment Education (EE)

Training and Workshops

The training and workshops are customised to the needs of the educators and related stakeholders providing them with a perspective as well as pedagogical inputs to promote activity based environmental education. ATREE offers thematic training for educators who would like to learn how to involve their school community in protecting and conserving  their local natural resources.

School Level Interventions Engagements with schools are in the form of direct interventions with government and private schools in the vicinity of the Community Conservation Centres (CCCs). The curriculum, Ainthinai Arivom aims to educate students  about the various ecosystems that the Agasthyamalai landscape is endowed with. The Jalapaadom curriculum is designed to enable learning about the fish biodiversity in Vembanad and the lake ecosystem.

Education Material and Curricula

ATREE produces and curates contextual, relevant, and age appropriate educational resources for teachers and students alike that enable children to connect with nature and can be easily integrated into school curricula. These resources are in the form of  pictorial  field guides, visual posters, flashcards, comic strips, newsletters and interactive games developed on the basis of research conducted at ATREE.

Community Outreach Events

ATREE promotes regular citizen science initiatives in collaboration with a community of interested citizens and researchers. ATREE hosts nature walks and trails and organises outreach events to promote community conservation in the space of lake restoration, waste management, water quality testing, school kitchen gardens and more.