Nature education in
the Dutch Caribbean

Nature Education

Photo credit: © Hannah Madden


Nature Education in the Dutch Caribbean

Protected Area Management Organizations throughout the Dutch Caribbean have long recognized nature education as a critical component of their work. DCNA chose Nature Education as the theme for the 15th anniversary and continues to develop nature education capacity on the islands through strategic planning and sharing of resources.  Youth participation has become a permanent part of the annual DCNA program for the six islands.

Bionews Kids  is a free printed and online nature magazine for children of ages 9-11 on the six Dutch Caribbean islands. It was designed based on increasing reading, sparking curiosity and educate kids about the extraordinary nature and its threats on the six Dutch Caribbean islands. This in support to the nature education programs of the Protected Area Management Organizations on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten. The first BioNews Kids edition includes a drawing competition and DCNA encourages all kids to participate.

Junior Ranger Exchange Event is a prosperous educational event for the network of the Junior Rangers of the Dutch Caribbean Park Management Organizations. Four participants aged 12- 13 from the six islands gather on a host island to participate in a five day long customized program that includes overnight stays in nature, field excursions and workshops in a Dutch Caribbean National Park.

Big Live Nature Quiz  was created to enhance the support for nature education officers as well as youth while staying safely on their respective islands. The live interactive quiz included questions on topics such as Flora and Fauna, Ecosystems, Climate Adaptation and Sustainability and questions about the National Parks of the Dutch Caribbean.

Resources are provided for nature education officers in a central repository, Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database, for information related to nature education, biodiversity, conservation and encourages communication exchanges between organizations in the Dutch Caribbean.

Latest News!

The Junior Rangers just wrapped up their annual exchange event, youngsters from the islands got together to learn about the unique biodiversity within the Dutch Caribbean and lay the foundation for future inter-island collaboration. From sea view sunrises to late night glow in the dark treks, these students had a fun filled week filled with memories they will cherish for a lifetime.
Thanks again to our generous funders for supporting this event! Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds Caribisch Gebied and Wereld Natuur Fonds.
DCNA’s activities are also generously supported by the National Postcode Lottery.

Read more here -> DCNA Organizes Junior Ranger Exchange Week 2022

DCNA Junior Ranger Exchange Event 2022 in St. Eustatius

Nature Education Projects: Ongoing & Past

Online Learning

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA)’s Big Live Nature Quiz is a fun creative way to engage kids through e-learning about nature in the Dutch Caribbean. During the Quiz, kids in teams of one - four between 11-14 year old throughout Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Maarten and St. Eustatius compete against each other in a live online nature quiz. The Big Live Nature Quiz is a yearly event, with one edition for kids and one for adults per year. So if you missed out, keep an eye on DCNA’s social media channels and we are looking forward seeing you next time!

DCNA Nature Education Projects Photos

Junior Ranger Exchange Event 2022