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WWF-Mongolia, in collaboration with Administration of Onon-Balj National Park (OBNP), has successfully completed the second year of the Winter Programme for Junior Rangers. The programme is designed to provide awareness on values of Protected Areas and inspire school children to be close, observe, and carry out basic research-oriented observations on the environment within their residential areas and to mobilize the children into conservation.
Attendees of the winter programme are annually pre-selected through selection process and offered to complete specially designed training and field demonstration programmes. For the 2d year of the winter programme, 12 school children-eco club members were selected and successfully completed the programme. Facilitators or moderators of the programme were the park rangers and officers of WWF-Mongolia’s Eastern Regional Office. It was three-day programme, where the attendees were full of interesting and informative outdoor and indoor activities. One of the activities was that the attendees along with their facilitators visited a forestation site. They had measurements of the tree seedlings newly planted and grown therein. Besides, they were provided with basic techniques to properly collect pine cones and separate seeds from the cones. Another interesting outdoor activity was for the attendees was how to identify wildlife footprints. During the wildlife footprint observations, the park rangers showed automatic camera traps and explained about importance of these devices for conservation. Visited the park administration, the school children were presented with the park’s values and daily activities of the park administration as well as main tourist routes to historical sites. At the end of the programme, the children had a short journey to some historical sites.
The winter programme is interesting and informative training programme for school children-eco club members. Therefore, the programme for junior rangers should be organized in four seasons, not just in winter, according to the programme trainers and facilitators.