Eco Session for Wilderness Safaris Staff Children

May 22, 2014 Community and Culture
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Children in the Wilderness recently hosted a Saturday morning Eco Session for children of the staff of Wilderness Safaris Johannesburg.

Children in the Wilderness Eco Session

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.

Children in the Wilderness Eco Sessions

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.

Children in the Wilderness Eco Sessions

Children in the Wilderness Eco Sessions

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?”

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By Janet Wilkinson

Janet is the Coordinator for Children in the Wilderness South Africa, running camp programmes at Pafuri Camp and Rocktail Beach Camp, followed by Eco Clubs at various rural villages.

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