Programs intended for teachers and students
Programs for students:
Educational programs for students are implemented through the Institute’s activities on presenting the values and importance of natural resources (areas and species) to primary and high school children, thus raising awareness about the importance of conservation, with the aim to build knowledge and skills of environmentally active and responsible citizens.
Depending on the topic (in the field of natural resources, biodiversity and geodiversity protection) and the age of students, programs are being implemented through a single or a series of lectures, presentations, creative workshops, eco – play tools, specific research field trips to natural areas, exhibitions of children's drawings and photographs, eco-camps and activities, film screenings and the like.
Educational programs are implemented in the classrooms, Institute’s premises, sites in protected areas, or in school and extracurricular school activities.
These are some of the educational programs:
» The workshops: "Save the forests on the banks of the Danube", "Protected wild species in the city", "Rare and endangered bird species in Serbia", "Serbian Forests", etc.
» The research and educational eco - activities: "Discovering the treasures of Belgrade parks" (Pionirski park and Akademski park), "The protection of Venerina vlas in Zvonačka banja spa", "Biodiversity of Sićevačka and Jelašnička gorges", "Let's explore the nature of the SNR Jerma", "Nature’s best from the plains", and others.
The programs are being implemented in cooperation with municipalities, schools, Childrens' Cultural Center Belgrade, Pioneer city, NGO`s, and other partners.
Workshops for preschoolers:
"We color and learn about nature" was the first organized educational program of the Institute intended for preschoolers, that is, children in kindergartens. In these programs our youngest citizens, with the help of associates of the Institute, color themed coloring books and learn about the protection of plant and animal species.
Seminars for teachers:
The Institute has a multi-decade practice in organizing professional development programs for teachers in the field of nature conservation and environmental protection. Training seminars for teachers are accredited by the Ministry of Education and are part of the system for professional development of teachers.
The purpose of these programs is to train teachers to use the findings of the Institute in the environmental education, by incorporating these programs into the regular school curriculum and extracurricular activities in nature. The Institute has three seminars of this type:
» "Serbian Nature - aspects and the importance of protection" (Duration: 2 days/16 hours);
» "School as a partner in the environmental protection" (Duration: 3 days, the theoretical part and a professional tour in a protected natural area/22 hours)
» "A world in a tree: Tree as a factor in a healthy environment" (Duration: two days of teaching theory and one day of field work / 20 hours)
» "Economy and ecological culture in the daily activities of the youth" (Duration: 3 days /20 hours).
The content of these seminars is realized through lectures, presentations, workshops, discussion groups and a professional fieldwork. A comprehensive instructional and teaching material that can be directly applied in teaching practice is provided for the participants of the seminar.
Partners in the organization of teacher training programs are the municipalities, the Childrens' Cultural Center Belgrade, regional teacher education development centers, and others.
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