Education and Public Engagement

The connection that we as individuals have to Nature arises primarily through first-hand contact with animals and plants; with some kind of wilderness. Can we help make these connections? Once made, can we help nurture and develop them? In this programme, we complement other education work at NCF by engaging children and adults in ecological observation; and by developing, displaying and distributing nature education material.

Citizen Science

Although we know that the natural world is changing rapidly, there is very little information on the details, especially from a country like India, with tremendous biodiversity and relatively little research. One solution is for scientists and interested members of the public to team up to monitor what is happening. Our two primary projects along these lines look at bird distribution & abundance, and at tree seasonality.

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Join us in studying the seasonality of trees!

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Bird Count India

Birdwatchers pooling information for research and conservation

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Monitoring bird migration through public participation

Nature education material

The natural world is wonderfully diverse and varied. How can we convey our affection and fascination with nature to others? Over the years, NCF has developed a variety of material attempting to do this; and we continue to try to design and produce appealing and accurate material of this kind.


Early Bird

Materials and curriculum for introducing children to birds

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NCF's education and outreach material

Collating more than a decade's worth of nature and conservation material

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Nature Activities

Nature Calls activities for children

Writing for a broader audience

Many of us at NCF love to write, and through our writing, to describe our affection for nature. We write blog posts, and articles for newspapers, magazines and more. Our audience in this is varied: the general public, interested citizens, children. Describing what we value and explaining why we value it is as important as our research and conservation work.

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Writing about nature for children

NCF's column in the School edition of The Hindu newspaper




  • Popular Article
    Spiders: The weavers and stalkers amongst us
    iWonder Issue 4, Jan 2018

    A piece on spiders for iWonder, an Indian magazine for science middle school teachers. Fun and fascinating facts about spiders to talk and discuss about in the classroom. Lots of activities that teachers can do with students in and outside the class room.

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    Off to see spiders!
    StoryWeaver by Pratham Books

    Kaveri and Shivi go looking for spiders, along with their friend Shama. A story for young children commissioned and published by Pratham Books', StoryWeaver platform.
    Guest editor: Bijal Vachharajani, Art: Pia Meenakshi

  • Popular Article
    Meet the world’s smallest wild cat
    The Hindu, In school, March 18 2018

    A peek into the life of the rusty-spotted cat, an elusive feline found in the forests of India.

  • Popular Article
    Life of Pine
    The Hindu in School, 8 March
  • Popular Article
    Defenders of the mound
    The Hindu in School, 22 March
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    Birds of Cauvery/MM Hills Wild Life Sanctuary (Kannada) - Pocket guide
    Produced under the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme supported by IUCN and KfW

    PDF, 1.04 MB

    A pocket guide to common birds of Cauvery/MM hills Wildlife Sanctuaries, in a handy, foldable format. Illustrations shown for 137 species, with winter migrants marked separately. The pocket guide has 10 panels with bird illustrations, and is laminated for protection and easy to use in the field. The pocket guide is in Kannada, with bird names listed in both Kannada and English. 

    Supporting conservation outreach in India this product has been produced by our Western Ghats programme as part of Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme supported by IUCN and KfW. These pocket guides are distributed free of cost to schools, community members, social leaders and others in the project landscape.

    Keywords: Birds, Western Ghats, Pocketguide

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    Birds of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands: A pocket guide to 139 birds of the islands
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    Birds of Karnataka (Kannada) - pocket guide
  • Popular Article
    The fascinating world of fungi
    The Hindu in School, 22 October

    PDF, 388 KB

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    Birds of Tamil Nadu - pocket guide

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