The first of their kind in Uganda, NNF’s Science Centers are natural history museums, libraries, meeting places and demonstration areas. They include animal skulls, skeletons and skins, insect specimens, confiscated poacher’s items, books, educational graphics, and local art and cultural objects. The Science Centers are open free to the public on weekends and during school holidays, and the staff is comprised of local community members and student interns. Most of the items on our Amazon Wish List will be utilized in the Science Centers.
A solar powered projection of nature films is shown to audiences averaging over 250 men, women and children on a weekly rotation in all the project’s focal areas, providing a forum for discussion where individuals share their experiences living next to the park and information about the project is disseminated. For villagers whose only animal encounters have been negative, the films offer a new way to view wildlife.
Public gatherings provide opportunities for our constituents to teach other members of their community about the project while incorporating traditional cultural activities. Having someone you have known your entire life tell you about their new stove, eco-briquettes or the charismatic nature of chimps is far more impactful than hearing the same from an outsider. Gathering together for Kibale and connecting through song, dance, food and fun promotes NNF’s mission of living in harmony nature. Smaller, more intimate workshops focus not only on environmental concerns but real life issues facing Ugandans today. NNF is proud to partner with Marie Stopes to conduct family planning and women’s health workshops around Kibale.