Nature education in
the Dutch Caribbean


Nature Education in the Dutch Caribbean

Park and Conservation 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 10-12 on the six Dutch Caribbean islands. It was designed based on increasing reading, sparking curiosity, and educating kids about the extraordinary nature and its threats on the six Dutch Caribbean islands. This is in support of the nature education programs of the Park and Conservation Organizations in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. The third BioNews Kids edition includes a drawing competition and DCNA encourages all kids to participate.

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.

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.

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 Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) is thrilled to announce the release of the highly anticipated third edition of Bionews Kids, a dynamic nature magazine tailored for children aged 10-12 across the six Dutch Caribbean islands. This engaging publication, available both in print and online, is a cornerstone of DCNA’s commitment to nurturing a love for nature and bolstering nature education among the youth of the Dutch Caribbean!

BioNews Kids: Fostering Curiosity and Conservation

BioNews Kids was conceived with a clear mission: to inspire young minds to explore the wonders of nature and cultivate a sense of responsibility toward its preservation. Crafted in collaboration with Park and Conservation Organizations on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten, this free magazine serves as a vital educational tool, equipping children with knowledge about the unique ecosystems of the Dutch Caribbean islands and the challenges they face. This year’s edition focuses on different topics such as animal communication, determining which animal is the fastest, and even climate change.

BioNews (Kids) is generously sponsored by the National Postcode Lottery.

To find more information on BioNews Kids and to read the online version of its third edition, click here.

Nature Education Projects: Ongoing & Past

DCNA Junior Ranger Exchange Event 2022 in St. Eustatius

DCNA Nature Education Projects Photos

Junior Ranger Exchange Event 2022