Charity starts environmental education programme
A charity has signed up a Bermudian agricultural expert to deliver educational and therapeutic programmes.
Omari Dill, an agronomist, an expert in soil and plants, is head of the WindReach environmental education programme.
Mr Dill said: “We explore the many fun, useful and creative ways to interact with our natural environment.
“One of my recent pre-school lesson plans was all about sticks. Children are often told how dangerous playing with sticks are and discouraged from picking them up altogether.
“At WindReach we encourage playing with sticks and demonstrate safe, fun and appropriate uses of them.
“The students were invited to use the sticks and mud collected around the WindReach natural environment to build animal shelters like the ones our therapy animals live in, and also as natural building blocks, developing fine motor skills.”
Mr Dill added: “There is also a heavy focus on gardening, in order to help our participants to be directly involved in the cycles that govern the natural world, as we encourage them to become a key part in the development of our landscape throughout the seasons.
“Participants are involved in ‘seed to table’ activities, arts and crafts with natural elements, animal interactions and adventures around our natural environment that is home to trees and trails and which support an abundance of creatures flying overhead, creeping alongside us or slithering under our feet.”
A spokeswoman for the Warwick-based charity, founded to provide outdoor activities for the disabled, said: “Our primary goal is to bring awareness of the appropriate use of our environment and to maintain and increase biodiversity, so that our participants and visitors leave with a greater appreciation of the environment on a local and global scale.”
She added lessons included identification of plants for food and medicine as well as for toxicity and the different native, endemic and invasive species.
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