Outreach Education

NNF’s extensive education campaign empowers citizens by creating recreational opportunities that improve the people-park relationship, benefiting future generations of animals and humans alike.

The campaign in Uganda includes five community Science Centers, weekly outdoor video shows, training workshops and conservation competitions, and engaged over 54,000 Ugandans in 2018. In Vietnam, conservation competitions began in 2017 and expanded to a second area last year, with over 2,000 in attendance.  These programs help build excitement and a can-do attitude in our community partners.

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.

Hear the latest Science Center ad from Voice of Tooro radio below:

Rutooro portions discuss the newest programs, like visiting the botanical gardens and trekking chimps in Kibale, as well as other reasons people should visit the Science Centers: Want to learn the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes? How about a convenient place to buy Eco-Char? There are 5 locations, and all are FREE!

A solar powered projection of nature films is shown to audiences averaging over 300 men, women and children on a weekly rotation (weather permitting) 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.

Between four competitions in Uganda and two in Vietnam, ~4,000 people participated in 2018. 24 community workshops in 2018 involved more than 1,200 people.