BENEFITING: HOWL SCIENCE PROGRAM INC
EVENT DATE: Jul 11, 2015
HOWL Science Program began in 2003 in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains with hopes to expose children to the redwoods in order to help and encourage future preservation of the forest. HOWL believes with a positive experience in nature, children will grow to become stewards of the environment.
HOWL hopes to take this mission to East Africa to help educate the youth about their surrounding environment. With your support, HOWL will be able to offer this same exposure to the youth of Tanzania and beyond. HOWL will assist to help gain a connection with the unique ecosystem, and animals that reside within their region.
Current wildlife poaching requires a shift in attitude at all levels, banning the sale of ivory and rhino horn, increasing ranger presence, and altering the laws will help with the current destruction of species, but it will not allow the society to connect with the wildlife and change their perspective or will to want to help these creatures. With exposure and education, children will gain a connection with the elephants and increase the inner desire to want to preserve the species.
While in Tanzania, I was told by numerous individuals that as a society they see visiting the national parks as a waste of time. This is due to a lack of money to abode the expense of transportation within the park. In the parks are the only places to see the zebra, gazelle, giraffe, cheetah, lion, and endless of other incredible animals. The elephant though with its in depth of societal structure, memory of loved ones, and caring manner within the herd caused me to develop a deep connection and concern for their well being. This animals' future relies on everyone to know about their unique and special ways, especially those humans that are closest to and nearest the animals in their natural habitat. The children of East Africa deserve to know and see the animals that reside in their community, and those they share resources and land.
This summer stage one will take place and will consist of mainly research. I will revisit one of the parks I went to before to meet with park representatives about arranging school visits. For further research, I plan to meet with education officials to see about incentives to get teachers involved, survey teachers about interest, survey children both at primary and secondary levels to assess opinion and education level of natural habitats of the region, and interview parents about their opinion of school trips to parks. I will also be looking into short term transportation in renting vehicles for the first few years of the program, with hopes to purchase a small bus to convert into a classroom on wheels.
This summer, I will also instill a trial visit where I will offer a mock trip to 6 individuals at various ages to go on a safari to complete activities, and offer feedback both before and after the trip. These individuals will not have exposure to the parks, and for data purposes I would like to involve one primary student, two secondary, one young adult (Parent of younger child), an elderly individual, and an interpreter. We will take a day visit to the park in order to assess prior knowledge, emotion during experience, interest in activities, and when complete, survey them on the experience.
Stage two of this project will unroll in the Summer of 2016 and will consist of implementing the program to schools in the Moshi and Arusha region with hopes to utilize Tarangire and Arusha National Parks. The schools will participate in a two- three day program. Day One will consist of HOWL visiting the school to implement an introductory lesson about the ecology and biology of wildlife within the park. Seasonal changes will be discussed along with migrational patterns. Students will be involved in math, reading, writing, and drawing along with science. Teachers will be invited to observe the lesson for exposure to experiential environmental education. Teachers will receive information to implement the lesson for future classes. Day Two of the experience will be a trip to the park. Due to the large numbers of students in the schools, classes will be broken up over a few days so that activities within the park are safe and reasonable to manage. Students will gather at the school early in the morning, around 6 am to load into busses and get prepared. Each student will have a lunch, snack, and water provided for them. Depended upon location, within 1-3 hours they will be at the park to spend the day driving through and witnessing the animals in their natural environment. Students will take a break for lunch where they will participate in some games, complete activities based on the animals, journal about the experience, and learn more about the park.
Over the next five years, this program will expand to more regions of Tanzania, with hopes to expand to Kenya and Mozambique. With your help the original research can take place to begin this program to help the wildlife of East Africa gain caretakers for their future. Please consider helping the youth experience the amazing ways of the elephants. With exposure and a positive experience- humans grow empathy and will want to help the future of the planet and all the animals that reside upon it.
Further funding will come from fundraising events, grant writing, finding sister schools to support fieldtrips, and through approaching individuals who have an interest in supporting the program with annual gifts.