Title: Appreciate Environment Education through a Field Trip: Mokolodi Nature Reserve
This chapter contains the background to the study; the purpose of the field trip; the objectives; and the significance of the study
1.2.1 EE Field trips
Field trip is defined as a trip made by students or research workers to study something at first hand. (Oxford dictionary, 2016)
Environmental Education Field trips are important, as they reinforce what the teacher has been teaching in class. Furthermore, the students get a better understanding about the topic and helps children retain information for longer periods of time “episodic memories,” (Packngo, 2011). EE field trips also excite students to travel as a group, away from the enclosed classroom, motivating them to learn more, arousing their curiosity and even the otherwise quiet and reserved students get a chance to participate in some of the activities on the field.
1.2.2 Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Mokolodi is a 3700 hectares Nature Reserve, situated approximately 15 km south of the capital city of Botswana, Gaborone. Mokolodi is a registered (NGO) non-profit organisation, newly established in 1994.
Originally a cattle Ranch belonging to Mr. Ian Kelby, hit by draught and unsustainability, Mr. Kelby donated the land to the Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation. The Government further dedicated it into a Trust for the children of Botswana.
Harvey, Ross. (2016) asserts that after a 2012 survey on dropping wildlife numbers, mainly due to hunting, the Botswana government imposed an indefinite ban on hunting in 2014, should wildlife numbers now improve, it is thanks to the ban and the presidents bold leadership
Since the Reserve is home to a variety of mammals, including some rare and endangered species, and a diverse array of reptile, amphibian and bird species, it is an ideal place to provide a natural area that would allow the learners to learn more about...