Maasai Steppe Conservation Education Program
This program is a long-term effort encouraging and supporting environmental awareness and action among the Maasai Steppe’s future environmental leaders – today’s children. Initially developed as an outreach component of APW’s wildlife conservation initiatives, today this multifaceted program includes an array of successfully tested educational resources and activities including tailor-made conservation workbooks, national park field trips, wildlife clubs and environmental scholarships to secondary school.
In 2010, the program tested a new initiative in Tanzania, engaging rural students in two intensive, week-long environmental summer camps at the Noloholo Environmental Center. The camps encouraged students to learn about their own, local wildlife species and natural resources in a participatory and exciting educational environment. We were extremely impressed with the amount of action taken by the Maasai students to protect their environment once returning home, making this component of our educational program one of our most successful means of translating youth educational activities into direct conservation actions to date.