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International nature school

University students in China gain experience in teaching biology and ecology of the birds, plants, and wetlands to children living by wetlands that are important for their cranes.

This program is organized annually by Dr. Su Liying of the International Crane Foundation. The university students take students in primary and junior high schools to wetlands near their homes and also where the cranes live. The RCC has supported this program by providing the initial funding and by sending staff and volunteers to China every year to mentor the university students.

Birds
University students introduce the joy of bird watching to children by a wetland.

Water
Through observations and demonstrations, children learn what’s inside wetlands and how wetlands function. They see for themselves how wetlands are natural filtering systems.


Plants
Children also learn the flora of wetlands. They see and touch tubers, underground parts of sedges which are important food for Siberian cranes and swan geese.

Synthesis
Using visual art as a medium, the children synthesize what they have learned.


Learning about teaching
There is no better way to learn how to communicate science to non-scientists than to practice in front of young and enquiring school children.

Mentoring
The university students are supported by experienced and passionate researchers, educators, artists, and nature writers.

Learning about wetlands
International Nature School is also a great opportunity for university students to gain field experience and encounter real issues affecting cranes and wetland conservation.


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