The Height of Community Involvement - Unique and Different from Everything You’ve Ever Known
10th- and 11th-grade students who love nature, outdoor activities and are passionate about wildlife conservation are invited again this year to be part of the international program for youth involvement in parks and nature reserves – “Junior Rangers”, at Ramat Hanadiv.
Wildlife conservation, harvesting olives, sowing wheat, a rescue drill and guiding children in the woodland – are just some of the hands-on activities that 10th-grade students participated in during the last year when they chose the community involvement course at Ramat Hanadiv. Following the success of the program we are continuing the “Junior Rangers” course this year; those who register early will experience a particularly fascinating year.
The program is intended for 10th- and 11th-grade students from the region who are looking for a unique, different place to complete their community involvement year. The program participants will join a group of youth activists; together they will work on a range of ecological topics and become familiar with the Nature Park and the challenges facing those who work to protect animals and maintain the contiguity of open landscapes.
The meetings will include hikes, familiarization with the park and of course field work. The group will use a range of approaches to increase awareness of nature conservation, including publicity activities that aim to influence decision-makers on relevant topics, while participating in the daily projects throughout the park.
The program takes place at Ramat Hanadiv, in the Nature Park, on Friday mornings, once a fortnight, and is recognized as a personal development and community involvement course.
This year we will continue with the unique “Junior Rangers-Forest Kindergarten” project in which we guide children during their visit to the Nature Park. The special course for those interested will take place in October.
Inbar Granot, today an 11th-grade student at the Moshava High School, who is in her second year of the program, relates: “I loved coming to Ramat Hanadiv in the morning, to see the greenery, it was really like escaping from my stressful, daily life. I felt that what I do is really significant and that I also gained something. I came to the program together with some friends. The joint activities brought us closer together. On one hand it’s volunteering, and at the same time, it’s simply great fun. Also, when we worked hard in the field it didn’t feel like work. The staff at Ramat Hanadiv treated us with respect, as equals. If I hadn’t come to this program at Ramat Hanadiv, the only outside greenery that I would probably see would be the trees along the street on my way to and from school.”