Birds of Spiti Workshop

Spiti Valley is known for its rare wildlife and is a biodiversity hotspot for researchers and scientists. However, there is limited availability of materials on these topics for children, leading to a critical information gap. There is an immediate need to bring conversations about these topics into classrooms. We piloted a ‘Birds of Spiti’ project in 2021, where children were engaged in this discussion using picture story books with strong nature and wildlife themes. There was an element of reflection to help children explore their own relationship and attitudes towards nature. These conversations were contextualized to the Spitian environment through nature walks and/or outdoor camps. The focus was on encouraging a sense of enquiry and close observation. After this exposure to Spitian wildlife, children attended art sessions to create drawings/artworks of wildlife using tempera paints.

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