Park urges schools to prepare for excursion programme


National Capital District schools have been urged to prepare for Port Moresby Nature Park’s “wild-for-wildlife” programme running for the rest of this month.
That is an excursion programme rolled out for all schools by the park’s education department to inform and educate students about the importance of wildlife, starting this week.
“Wild-for-wildlife is a new programme with new content to be delivered to students,” park life sciences manager Ishimu Bebe said.
“The programme has completely changed during the world wildlife week over the last week.”
Bebe said the programmes were designed to be bigger, better, more interesting and a lot more interactive.
“The four main topics being taught this month are ‘classification for wildlife’, ‘love your wildlife’, ‘life below water for people and planet’ and ‘protected areas’,” he said.
Schools can start making bookings for March 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29.
The school’s excursion programme has reached over 90,000 students since it was introduced in 2013.
This year, over 24,000 students are expected.
Programme will be delivered by park’s qualified teachers.
Bebe said the three-week programme was designed to inform and educate students on importance of wildlife.
Port Moresby Nature Park currently operates the only structured school excursion programme within PNG.
Nature Park was awarded a prestigious international zoo educators’ award from the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australasia for its conservation programmes: “City kids don’t eat bush meat”, “Don’t buy native animals as pets”, and “lukautim bilus bilong yu” in 2018.
The school education programme at Port Moresby Nature Park is supported by ExxonMobil, National Capital District Commission, Zoos Victoria, The National, Ela Motors and the United Nations Development Programme.