DICT Environmental Education Programme Camp

October 11, 2016 Pinkey Ngewu

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has always been involved with local school groups and earlier this year we launched project “DEEP” (DICT Environmental Education Programme). DEEP envisions that environment education should reach all children before the age of 12 years in order to ensure that the ethos of conservation and respect for nature will become second nature for them. The programme runs for 3 years so as to monitor and evaluate the impact and growth of each and every individual learner. The aim is to expose these young learners to the field of science and conservation and to help them realize that if they continue their education, they can do anything they put their minds to!

The first ever DEEP camp took place over the weekend of the 7th-9th October with our group of 13 learners from Masakhane Primary School. Pinkey Ngewu from the Dyer Island Conservation Trust did a recap of the programme and facilitated a variety of marine lessons. The DEEP group also visited Potberg at De Hoop Collection Nature Reserve to learn about the important ecosystems in our area, namely fynbos and marine ecosystems. The second day’s lesson took place at De Hoop Vlei where the group went on a guided walk along the De Hoop vlei which is a Ramsar site and Koppie Alleen where they did some whale watching. Pinkey also focused on rock pool education and shared information on the animals they looked at, their habits and what makes them special and the kids had some fun making sand animals with Georgina. The last activity of the day was facilitated by Rebecca. A game of Marine Animals Charades!

The camp was the highlight for the kids. A special thanks to sponsor Mike Gibbs for making it a possibility for these kids to have an opportunity to experience life and also a special thanks to the Great White House for preparing a meal for our first night. We would also like to thank CapeNature for the sponsored accommodation. Rebecca Dames from Grootbos Foundation and Georgina Pendell, a visiting marine biologist assisting the Dyer island Conservation Trust, who also joined in all the fun and we thank them for their enthusiastic involvement, assisting with the lessons and games.

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Whale Festival 2016

October 04, 2016 Anwynn Louw

The Hermanus whale festival started 25 years ago. Residents and visitors from all over the world visit the coastal town of Hermanus to see the Southern Right whales and other marine wildlife. This festival focuses on ocean-themed activities, exhibitions and fun for all ages. It is the only eco-marine festival in South Africa.

Dyer Island Conservation Trust stand was in the Eco tent at this year's Whale Festival which took place over the weekend of 30 September - 02 October 2016.

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust operates largely due to the support of three Fair Trade Tourism labelled companies, Marine DynamicsDyer Island Cruises and International Marine Volunteers.

We also teamed up with BTats Temporary tattoos, offering airbrush tattoos.

Heaps of festival goers got to learn about our seabird rehabilitation centre, the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary – APSS. Our knowledgeable members and staff also shared information about our conservation and research projects, interesting facts about whale behaviour, how to match ID photographs of great white sharks and educated visitors about our artificial penguin nest and fishing line bin projects.

Other entertainment also included live broadcasts by KFM radio, live performances, food and wine, craft markets, kiddies activities and of course the main attraction of the weekend, the beautiful Southern Right whale.

Watch our Hermanus Whale Festival highlites here

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