CRR Updates

School Programme

This page was last updated on 28 February 2023.

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
The School programme is an example of putting his words into action.

Our partnership with environmental educator, Sulize Veldsman of See Nature, has been in place for almost 2 years. Sulize has developed environmental activities for the younger children to enjoy and learn about their natural surroundings during their outings in the CRR.

We have the quarterly CRR Nature Explorer’s Club Outings, and also tailored outings for schools. The Nature Club from Kyalami Prep had a wonderful afternoon with Sulize, and for the iNaturalist weekend, we hosted Parktown Girls High that contributed their sightings to the world wide database.

A very special little group of young children join the CRR Nature Explorer’s Club Outings. They are from the Laezonia informal settlement, and residents in the area sponsor them through the Sponsor a Child Programme. You can also sponsor a child – see the details on our website under What We Do tab.
It only costs R200 per child, and they benefit greatly. We are also approaching businesses in the area to support the programme – if you know of any that would be interested, please pass on their details and we will do the rest.

This year Sulize is joined by Lee Douglas who will focus on the secondary schools and do special outings for them that link to the school curriculum. We wish Lee well, and look forward to seeing the older children beginning their journey to experiencing our natural world, and learning why it is so important to look after it.

The Crocodile River Reserve participated for the first time in the Yebo Gogga Annual Exhibition at Wits University in 2022.

There was a lot of interest in the Reserve stand at the Exhibition. The theme was “Biodiversity” and was illustrated through a treasure hunt, children finding natural items placed at other stands to return and build their own “biodiversity” scene at the Reserve stand. It was fun, it was well attended, and very worthwhile.