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The birds and the bees………literally, really

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is like a treasure trove if you want to sensitize your kids to the importance of nature, flora, fauna and conservation. You don’t need to be a member to participate in their activities that range from nature camps, tours and birding trails for all ages to workshops and special events for kids.

Though their head office is located at Hornbill House, in town, the BNHS was gifted 33 acres at Film City, adjacent to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park by the Maharashtra government to commemorate 100 years of BNHS. This area is home to the Conservation Education Centre with a Discovery Room, an auditorium, a display room and five nature trails – Leopard, Salim Ali, Stream, Temple and Karvi.

My picks for ‘to do’ with kids are:

Special seasonal events like ‘Breakfast with butterflies’ or Brunch with birds.’ This is ideal for a few families and is a 6 hour programme.
Outreach programs – If you have a garden patch in your locality and want to learn more about the insects, birds and butterflies, BNHS will send across an expert to teach you in your backyard. You do need to have a minimum group size of 20 enthusiasts though.
Green Champs Camp – 19th & 20th December. An overnight bio-diversity conservation programme for children in standards V to IX.
Child Vs. Wild Camp – For 10 to 14 year olds, an overnight camp 26th & 27th December that encourages learning about wildlife and the forest though games and activities.

I’m a firm believer that we need to make our kids aware of just how important preserving the environment is, and BNHS is one way to start. I sure am one proud mama when my 2.5 year old at preschool, at the top of his lungs exclaims ‘teacher, come see the Fantail Robin’.

For a plethora of green options head to www.bnhs.org or call Priti Choghale or Kavita Kumar for

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