|Since 2003, ICF, in partnership with Beijing Brooks Education Center (BBEC), has worked with Chinese educators and nature reserve staff to develop environmental education programs that target local communities within and near reserves in eastern China and Russia. Education programs include environmental camps for children from villages surrounding the protected wetlands and the development of school curricula for use by teachers in local schools.
The initial three years of the program focused activities at five sites in eastern China (Naoli River, Zhalong, Xianghai, Poyang and Cao Hai Nature Reserves) and a sixth site, Muraviovka Park, in southeastern Russia. During this period, BBEC, with local teachers and reserve staff, organized student camps at each of the project sites and developed an accompanying camp curriculum. BBEC educators also developed school curricula for each of the five Chinese sites. The curricula focus on the natural resources within the reserves and use regional examples to link the curricula to local communities.
In 2006, project activities were refocused to target sites along the flyway of the endangered Siberian Crane in East Asia. BBEC is continuing to develop student camps for sites in eastern China, including Tianjin and Keerqin Nature Reserve, and is working with local teachers to implement the school curricula developed earlier. Project activities also include a tri-lingual (Chinese, Russian, and English) education website, which includes information on project activities and resources for educators in China. The site also involves educators and students in Russia and the United States, further broadening the education efforts, and linking education activies in East Asia with ICF’s education programs in the eastern United States through the Three White Cranes, Two Flyways, One World project.
Location: Poyang Lake Nature Reserve, Jiangxi Province; Zhalong and Naoli River Nature Reserves, Heilongjiang Province; Cao Hai Nature Reserve, Guizhou Province; Xianghai and Momoge Nature Reserves, Jilin Province; Keerqin Nature Reserve, Inner Mongolia; Tianjin; and Muraviovka Park, Amur Region, Russia