Schools

Discover and learn: Nature is calling

At Ebony Forest we provide individually catered activities for primary and secondary school children to discover Nature. Our educators provide fun and informative sessions that will engage children to observe their natural surroundings and interact with the forest. School children can actively participate in the restoration of an Ebony Forest, either via nursery based activities or by planting young trees. Become a Guardian of the Forest!

Currently we offer three different visits:

• Enchanted Forest: 6-10 years old

• The Path of Knowledge: more than 10 years old

• The Discoverers: more than 10 years old

Enchanted Forest

Age catered for: 6-10 years old

Time for activities: 1 hour 30 mins

Purpose of activities:

• Reconnect with nature

• Learn about native and exotic species in Mauritius

• Discover that the forest is a friendly and welcoming place

• Learn how to sow seeds and/or plant

The Path of Knowledge

Age catered for: more than 10 years old

Time for activities: 2 hours, education track

Purpose of activities:

• Sensitize about the loss of native forest

• Learn about the fauna and flora of Mauritius

• Understand what are prey and predators, food chains and food webs

• Distinguish common exotic bird species from similar-looking endemic species

The Discoverer

Age catered for: more than 10 years old

Time for activities: 2 hours, raised walkway

Purpose of activities:

• Sensitize about the loss of native forest

• Learn about the fauna and flora of Mauritius

• Distinguish common exotic bird species from similar-looking endemic species

Good to know

• Most activities take place in the forest.

• Teachers and accompanying adults are responsible of the students and may be asked to help with various activities.

• On rainy days, activities will take place in one of the two classrooms in our Ecology Centre.

• We have a first aid room and trained first aiders.

• 60-seater buses are not permitted beyond the Seven Coloured Earth Gate needed to access Ebony Forest.

• Activities can be done in English / French / Creole.

What to bring?

Our education activities happen mostly in the forest. Light showers and muddy ground may occur. We recommend that kids bring the following:

• Comfortable/sport shoes

• Comfortable clothes

• Cap

• Sunscreen

• Mosquito repellent

• Your friends

Book your school visit

Reservations are essential. Just email or call 5865 53 83 / 5856 3819. Bookings should be ideally be made 2 weeks in advance of the proposed date of visit.

Prescribe to your daily dose of nature now

Today children can spend more than 8 hours a day on electronic gadgets. Obesity and attention-deficit disorders are on the rise. Our future generation is losing connection with Nature and we need them to understand the importance of Nature to be able to protect it.

Numerous studies have shown the health benefits to children and adults who are exposed to nature and the outdoors:

• being outdoors encourages physical activity, healthy development and overall well-being;

• playing outdoors builds self-confidence and a sense of adventure;

• regular exposure to nature enhances creativity, focus, and problem solving abilities;

• children that participate in structured outdoor activities (i.e. camps, hikes) are more social, cooperate more and have a higher sense of self-esteem;

• children that spend time outdoors are less prone to being overweight;

• children with ADHD concentrate better after a walk in the woods and regular exposure to nature reduces the severity of the condition.

Quite simply, people that spend more time outdoors tend to be healthier and happier!!!