Nature education in
the Dutch Caribbean

Nature Education

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NATURE EDUCATION

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.

Bionews Kids: Issue 2021

Read Bionews Kids in English or Nederlands here!

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) released the first edition of Bionews Kids. 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.

To participate in the drawing competition, the reader needs to include their name, age, island, and phone number and upload it in the form below or hand it in to the local park organization education officer on their respective island.

Deadline for the drawing to submitted is March 18th, 2022.

Announcement of the winner will be found on the DCNA website and social media by April 1st, 2022.

 

 

Upload your Bionews Kids Drawing Here!

DCNA Convention 2021

Nature Education and Youth Participation Symposium

A group of engaged teens and young adults had the opportunity to discuss youth engagement in nature conservation and nature education during the Youth and Nature Education Symposium organized by the DCNA as part of their annual convention.

Click on the More button below to read the press release!

DCNA Convention 2021 - Youth Session

DCNA Nature Education and Youth Participation Symposium 2021

Exchange Program

Junior Ranger Exchange in the Dutch Caribbean

For the 2019 DCNA annual convention, 12-13 year old youth participants from the six Dutch Caribbean islands were invited to join the Junior Ranger Exchange with the special theme: Marine and Coastal Conservation.

The 2019 Junior Ranger Exchange proved to be a unique experience in which the youth participants had the opportunity to learn about each other’s nature and conservation challenges, as well as create memorable experiences together. The ‘camp’ ended with a ‘high profile’ presentation which conferred the youth’s acquired knowledge, discussed lessons learnt as well as how they wanted to initiate further action together with the respective local organizations on their home islands.

Read more here > Junior Ranger Exchange Report 2019

Online Learning

Big Live Nature Quiz

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA)’s first Big Live Nature Quiz was recently the start of a fun new creative way to engage kids through e-learning about nature in the Dutch Caribbean. On 25th November 2020, twenty four teams of one – four kids between 11-14 year old throughout Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Maarten and St. Eustatius competed against each other in a live online quiz. After many exciting and thrilling nature question rounds, a team on Saba won. Second place went to Sint Maarten and third place to Bonaire.

DCNA is aiming to make this a yearly event, potentially also for adults. So if you missed out, keep an eye on DCNA’s social media channels and we are looking forward seeing you next time!

Want to see a clip of the event? Click here!