Ramat Hanadiv is situated in the heart of a region with moshavot (towns) established by Baron Edmund de Rothschild at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. In addition, there are moshavim (villages), kibbutzim, and Arab villages that create a diverse human mosaic.
Ramat Hanadiv sees an inherent link between humanity and the environment, particularly as it concerns communities in the immediate vicinity.
The Community Department works in partnership with individuals and various institutions in the area to promote collaboration and to raise awareness of environmentalism, sustainability, and the legacy of Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
Activities in the Community Department at Ramat Hanadiv include the following projects:
• Community Involvement: Processes that invite individuals and groups in the community to take part in the conceptual development of a program or project. e.g.: The Conceptual Development for the Rehabilitation of the Binyamina Quarry - a joint project of Ramat Hanadiv and the Municipality of Binyamina-Givat Ada which invited the community to participate in formulating the concept for the development of the quarry.
• Youth as Ambassadors in the Community: Establishing educational programs at schools, preschools, or youth movements and inviting parents and the community at large to participate in an event or exhibition of the projects. e.g.: 1. Connecting to the Buffer zone - a project in which students learn about the challenges of managing a natural park adjacent to residential neighborhoods followed by a day of information and activities open to the community; 2. Life-saving Wildlife Crossings – the development of a curriculum in cooperation with preschool teachers designed to raise awareness of the subject for the children and their families.
• Social Empowerment: Environmental issues serve as a means to empower society’s underprivileged individuals or groups. e.g.: Jasar el-Zarka Youth - High school students from the nearby Arab village of Jasar el-Zarka visit and volunteer at the Nature Park once a week and learn about the site. The activity is both interactive and enjoyable and fosters a sense of affiliation and caring in the students. At the end of the year, these students serve as guides for groups of children and parents from their village both at Ramat Hanadiv and in their village.
• Promoting Community Ties: Ramat Hanadiv is situated on private land that is not under the auspices of a municipality. Over the years, Ramat Hanadiv has maintained professional relationships with regard to all environmental issues. This fact has necessitated cooperative professional involvement by a number of institutions and authorities. e.g.: The establishment of a regional environmental forum based on peer learning that is designed to create environmental initiatives at Ramat Hanadiv and its surrounding areas.
• Volunteering and Personal Commitment: Adult volunteers from the surrounding area, as well as students involved in personal commitment projects, volunteer in a variety of areas in the gardens, the Nature Park, the goat pen, and assist in research.
The Community Department maintains an open channel of communication with the community and continues to be attentive to its needs, as well as the needs of the environment. The joint initiatives attempt to transform weaknesses into opportunities for quality social and environmental activity.