The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) hosted the second annual Big Live Nature Quiz for Kids on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. This event brough together over 100 teams of students from Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten to compete in a nature themed quiz for the chance to win a snorkelling trip around their island!
The DCNA, a regional network of protected areas set up to assist the Protected Area Management Organizations of the six islands, has now hosted three Big Live Nature Quiz events. Starting in 2020 two quizzes have been geared for students living in the Dutch Caribbean and one event for Adults. This is an on-going program, watch for the next Big Live Nature Quiz for Adults in the spring of 2022!
This edition of the Big Live Nature Quiz- Kids was very successful. Over 100 teams of 1-4 students participated in the event, which is an interactive and creative way for students to learn about the natural environment of their islands,” said Leslie Hickerson & Dahlia Hassell, DCNA’s Big Live Nature Quiz organizers. “We hope that participation continues to grow as we adapt this event, and it becomes a cornerstone of Nature Education on all the Dutch Caribbean islands.
This quiz was available to all Dutch Caribbean students ages 12-14 and held during school hours to facility accessibility for those students who may not have internet access at home. Originally created in response to the inability for student groups, like the Junior Rangers, to travel due to the restrictions in place for Covid-19; the Big Live Nature Quiz will continue to be offered to support nature education on Dutch Caribbean islands. This year’s theme was Animals in the Dutch Caribbean. Categories included Marine Life, Terrestrial Life, Special Animals, and the section ‘People in Nature’.
These categories were created using only animals that can be found on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. This gives students the chance to learn about species found on their islands and the surrounding areas. The special ‘People in Nature’ section focused on the impact (both negative and positive) that humans can have on their environment. For example, one question asked how long a plastic bag is used on average before it is thrown away (the answer: 12 minutes)!
Education and Outreach officers from the Dutch Caribbean parks helped organize events on their respective islands; STINAPA Bonaire, CARMABI on Curaçao, Aruba National Park Foundation, Saba Conservation Foundation, STENAPA on St Eustatius and Nature Foundation Sint Maarten. This year’s winners, a group from Saba, will receive a free snorkeling trip around their island as the grand prize.
“Not only is it a great event for the students to interact and challenge each other, but it is also an amazing learning opportunity. Nature Education inspires students to feel a sense of pride and responsibility to protect the natural resources of their homes. Creating advocates in their communities for the preservation of our environment and native species that set us apart from the rest of the world,” said Leslie Hickerson & Dahlia Hassell, DCNA’s Big Live Nature Quiz organizers.
For more information on this and future events, check out DCNA’s Facebook Page or go to www.biglivenaturequiz.org.