Photos of South Africa’s Youngest Conservationists

As part of our Open Learning Academy activities at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) we recently took 105 grade four learners from Mpunzana Primary School to Horse Whispers in Hazyview where our young learners interacted with horses (including a ride) and were taken on a guided nature walk.

Marina Visser introduces a younger learner from Mpunzana to one of the horses.

Marina Visser introduces a young learner from Mpunzana to one of the horses.

“While our focus is ‘digital’, it is important for us to ensure that our students connect with nature,” said Byron Ross, GWF Mpumalanga Operations Manager. “Moving into an online world should not mean forgetting about our connection with the outdoors and in Mpumalanga, with so much natural wildlife on our doorstep, we need to harness a respect for nature.”

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Digital conservationist.

Byron – a well-known South African Field Guide – took the learners on a nature walk that included collecting plants, tracking animals, and hugging trees. The one-hour introductory walk also encouraged the learners to observe their natural surroundings and listen to the sounds.

True to our digital roots, during the tracking lesson, Byron used an iPad app to help engage the learners and bring the activity back to some of the work that had been done under the Digital Tree of Knowledge in recent weeks.

Scroll down to see our digital conservationists in action.

Special thanks to Marina Visser at Horse Whispers Hazyview.

Written by Mpho Lebyane. Created by the Good Work Foundation Media Academy.  

Open Learning, Wild West style: Martin Mathuli, 10 years old, swings up on to his mare in one shot.

Open Learning, Wild West style: Martin Mathuli, 10 years old, swings up on to his mare in one shot.

For all of the 105 learners, this was their first time on a horse.

For all of the 105 learners, this was their first time on a horse.

Tracking in Horse Whispers' nature reserve with Byron Ross.

Tracking in Horse Whispers’ nature reserve with Byron Ross.

Hugging a tree and thanking mother nature.

Hugging a tree and thanking mother nature.

Watching a tracking video out in the bushveld.

Watching a tracking video out in the bushveld.

Group photo in the arena.

Group photo in the arena.

 

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