Children in the Wilderness recently hosted a Saturday morning Eco Session for children of the staff of Wilderness Safaris Johannesburg.
Initially shy, 14 children were introduced to each other and the CITW mentors through typical CITW camp songs and getting-to-know-you games, before moving on to an assortment of activities focusing on the importance of trees.
CITW’s Nicola Harris led the singing and the offices reverberated with children singing “follow follow follow, follow the leader!” Everyone was rocking around the car park to The Crazy Elephant song with children giggling at Sue Snyman and Genevieve Ray from CITW. Wilderness Safari’s enthusiastic trainer, Warren Ozorio took the reins and got the children to contribute to drawing the team tree while learning more about trees and their importance to the planet and to each of us.
Wilderness Safari’s creative designer, Mary-Anne van der Byl, guided the children through making terrariums out of discarded 2-litre soft drink bottles. They all planted indigenous Acacia seeds and we are delighted to hear that they have subsequently started sprouting.
The children completed worksheets with Tree information and wordsearch, before going on to draw their own trees while the more adventurous took on the Wilderness Safari’s office climbing wall, under the watchful eye of CITW’s Chris Crewdson and Tebogo Masipa.
Vicky Pollock from Wilderness Safari’s Marketing Services supplied delicious, nutritious snacks for all.
The session was hailed a great success and all of the children have been hounding their parents, asking “when is the next one?”