Aug 20, 2016 Saturday

Biodiversity for Beginners

12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Garden area outside the Education Building, UKZN PMB campus
Garden area next to Education Building, Golf Road, Scottsville
Pietermaritzburg ZA

Biodiversity refers to all the plant and animal species on earth, that form the fabric of the natural world. Increasingly people are becoming disconnected from the natural world and no longer see or understand the vital importance of these species in our lives. This is a participatory activity-based session to learn about the importance of biodiversity. It is meant to be fun and interesting and hopefully leave you with a taste for more. This class is aimed at educators who would like to address the issue of biodiversity and for anyone else who is interested in learning more about the topic.

Bring one of the following:
Bring an indigenous plant/s to give to someone else in the group to plant (with instructions)
Bring cake or biscuits for tea
Commit to planting an indigenous tree or shrub (state where and when and what). Commit to "Adopting a spot" a small defined area where you will support natural habitat (clear rubbish and aliens, plant indigenous.)
Decide on an action that will spread enthusiasm for Biodiversity....write your own commitment after the session and email it to all participants.

About the teacher, Morag Peden

I am an environmental education lecturer at the School of Education at UKZN. I am interested in using hands-on participatory methods of teaching in order to engage students and learners around environmental issues. I have a particular interest in biodiversity and completed my Masters study on grassland biodiversity at Cathedral Peak. I am currently working on a PhD on farmer learning around biodiversity conservation on sugar cane farms in the KZN midlands.