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National Park Excursion Programme for schools groups launched by Bahamas National Trust
By Alexander L Knowles
Mar 8, 2017 - 2:08:27 PM

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Students visiting national parks on New Providence

Nassau, New Providence - A specially-packaged national park excursion programme for school groups has been launched by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT).

The programme features activities that complement the school curriculum, tailored for each grade level. Special activities will tie in to annual events such as Earth Day (April 22) or World Wetlands Day (February 2).

With over seven million acres of Bahamian land and sea now protected, the BNT is working to expand park use. Students can learn about the environment in an outdoor classroom setting.

The BNT education team engages with over 12,000 children a year through school presentations, park visits and workshops. The goal is to inspire young people to explore and appreciate their environment.

Students visiting national parks on New Providence

According to BNT Education Officer Garelle Hudson, the park excursion programme gives students the opportunity to discover natural treasures they may previously have overlooked: “Weeds become bush medicine and the bush becomes a native forest. It’s a way for children to learn about their country and culture.”

Schoolteachers have welcomed the programme, and the BNT is targeting 20,000 student park visitors annually. Initially, guided visits will be limited to three national parks on New Providence: The Retreat, Bonefish Pond and the Primeval Forest.

Contact education@bnt.bs to book a park experience for your class.

The BNT is a non-governmental, non-profit, membership organisation working to protect Bahamian natural resources by building a network of national parks and promoting environmental stewardship.

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