Love a Tree Foundation

Region

Asia

Country

Sri Lanka

Flyway

Central Asia

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Name of organisation

Love A Tree Foundation

Funding support

 

Number of staff

Three

Number of visitors per year

Approx 100 students

Overall aims of the centre

Our vision is “A community of nature- connected children for a happier planet” and our way of achieving it is by inspiring and empowering children to enjoy, explore and connect with nature through urban wetland-based learning experiences.

Description of the centre

Location: Colombo , Sri Lanka. Love a Tree Foundation doesn’t own any land and doesn’t operate any physical public wetland center; rather our initiatives are mainly built around the urban wetland parks in Sri Lanka. At present, our initiatives are mainly concentrated in the Colombo, especially around the Colombo Wetland Complex.

Love A Tree Foundation is a registered non-profit organization in Sri Lanka working with children living in cities, strengthening their connection to nature through experiences and learning built around natural environments. Our vision is “A community of nature- connected children for a happier planet” and our way of achieving it is by inspiring and empowering children to enjoy, explore and connect with nature through urban wetland-based learning experiences. As a responsible organization, we are nurtured with five key values: compassion, sustainability, community, integrity, and excellence.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Our aim is to inculcate an effective relationship in children with nature through wetland-based learning experiences which are characterized by empathy for animals, enjoyment of nature, a sense of oneness, and a sense of responsibility. Our programs enable children to go out from the traditional classrooms and look for opportunities for them to interact more with natural urban ecosystems through activities and hands-on experiences. These initiatives mainly include wetland trails, outdoor programs, conservation, webinars, conservation projects, wetland camps, advocating for sustainability, nature blogs, and art and craft activities. Through these programs, our goal is to connect children with nature and raising their awareness of urban wetland values and sustainable lifestyles through an array of activities built around communication, education, participation, and capacity building.

Top three successes

1. Wetland Tales
Wetland Tale is a series of 10 monthly sessions of global folklore on wetlands and starring wetland animals targeting primary school children of age 5–9 years narrated by an experienced child educator and an environmentalist. Each session consists of folklore about a wetland animal with moral learning for children followed by an art session where they would get the opportunity to express their creativity and learning. The main aim of this program is to create interest and love for urban wetlands among kids and arise their curiosity to explore more about the wetlands through storytelling.

2. Wetland Talks
This is another monthly series that targets middle school children of age 10-14 years. This program features resource persons who are connected to urban wetlands representing different fields of work. Wetland Park managers, Nature trackers, Bird Photographers, Environmentalists, Artists etc. Every session would give the children the opportunity to meet and learn from an expert about their way of connecting with the urban wetlands. The session aims at increasing the awareness in children on the recreational aspect of urban wetlands. The first series, “How to Become a Great Bird Watcher’ consists of 10 programs and the main aim is to make children interested to engage in bird watching as a hobby and in turn, make them connect with urban wetlands.

3. Wetland Clean Up Camp
Love A Tree Foundation has partnered with Interact District 3220, Sri Lanka & Maldives which is the Rotary international’s service club for young people aged 12- 19 to spread awareness and create dialog among young leaders about their role in urban wetland conservation. This series of sessions happen once a month targeting Interact club members where young leaders of Sri Lanka learn, share and come up with new ideas to work for urban wetland conservation. As a result of this project, we conducted a wetland clean-up camp where young interact members joined hands with us to not only clean Beddegana Wetland Park but also in a tree planting activity and create awareness on urban wetland conservation.

Top three challenges

One of the biggest challenges faced by Love A Tree Foundation was the closing of schools and regulations on public gatherings due to Covid in 2021. As a result, We had to put a hold on all the wetland trails and wetland-based activities and convert our main projects to be virtual programs.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

 

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Head of Programs, Madhu Dissanayake.

LoveATreeFoundation.org

 

 

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