Summer vacation is a great time for most of Israel's educators to rest, travel and enjoy themselves out in nature with family and friends. But Ramat Hanadiv's educational staff is on duty all summer, offering teachers and other school staff members a chance to enrich their knowledge base and indulge in creative activities. During the months of July and August, Ramat Hanadiv holds training sessions for teachers from nursery school through college, exposing them to the pleasures of our beautiful green expanses while teaching them the values of sustainability and environmental activism on behalf of coming generations. Participants encounter the wonders of nature first hand and come to a new understanding of why, and how, our open spaces must be preserved. On their rounds of Ramat Hanadiv, they discover the green construction of the Visitors Pavilion, the Ecological Footprint Garden (the butterfly garden), the water purification facility, the solar panels, the composting area, the new Sustainability Garden (still under construction), and the goat herd that 'works' in the Nature Park. The tours end at the Therapeutic Garden, where visitors find out how learning is combined with doing in this horticultural space.
Dr. Yael Navon, a member of Ramat Hanadiv's education and research team, initiated a Study and Experience Day at Ramat Hanadiv for the science faculty of Levinsky College of Education, headed by Dr. Merav Nativ. Participants were introduced to the wide range of educational programmes here and to the new "Partnership for Regional Sustainability" spearheaded by Ramat Hanadiv. During a tour of the 'Sustainability Trail' and the Nature Park, Yael explained about aspects of the park management, long-term ecological research, and different projects that are underway.
For the education team at Ramat Hanadiv, these training sessions are an opportunity to publicize the many activities in progress here all year round, and to promote ever-broadening partnerships for the sake of environmental and sustainability education in Israel.