We are pleased to announce that the project on environmental education for children «With a Backpack On the Trail» became the winner of the competition «The National Environmental Prize named after V.I. Vernadsky» in 2018 in the nomination «Environmental education for sustainable development». The initiator of the award is V.I. Vernadsky Nongovernmental Ecological Foundation.
The purpose of the competition is to identify and popularize implemented projects in the field of environmental protection and environmental safety, development and introduction of new technologies, as well as development of environmental education and formation of ecological culture for sustainable development based on the ideas of Academician V.I. Vernadsky.
The pilot launch of the project «With a backpack on the trail» was carried out in 2018 in partnership with Association «The Great Baikal Trail», which became the ideological inspirer and developer of the project. Lake Baikal Foundation presented a project for the competition of the Presidential Grants Foundation and provided financial and organizational support.
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.
In June-July 2018 there were 9 lessons for 132 children and teenagers aged from 5 to 17. First lessons took place in Botanic garden of Irkutsk State University and in Baikal State Nature Reserve.
We give thanks to V.I. Vernadsky Nongovernmental Ecological Foundation for its trust and interest in our project.
The results of the competition can be found via the link.