11 July 2018
Preservation of Baikal environment is impossible without upbringing careful attitude towards nature, above all in younger generation. The project «With a backpack on the trail» is aimed at carrying out practical lessons in nature for vulnerable groups of children in order to increase their level of knowledge about nature of their native region and to stimulate careful attitude using thematic tools and materials gathered in a backpack. The Interregional Public Organization «The Great Baikal Trail» is the partner of the project.
The project is socially significant, because it is aimed at development of eco-culture among vulnerable children – those from low-income families and children without parents. The main target audience of the project is children aged 7 to 12 years. Participating in the lessons of the project «With a backpack on the trail», 100 children will receive practical knowledge about the environment, the nature of the region they live in. After passing with a backpack on the trail, the children will broaden their horizons and will be able to answer such questions as: «Why is the grass green?», «Where do clouds float?» or even «How does a squirrel look like?». With the help of an instructor, children will conduct their own research, learn teamwork in the framework of the tasks and most importantly, increase their ecological culture; learn how to protect animals and how to prevent the destruction of plants from a careless human’s attitude to nature.
The project «With a backpack on the trail» was the winner of the competition of the President grants of Russian Federation for the development of civil society in 2017 and received support for implementation in 2018. In the first year, lessons will be conducted for 100 children. It is planned to expand the project and increase the number of children (minimum 500 for three years).