"Last year, lessons were held in five schools for second graders. In the summer, we received a review from the Kamchatka Institute of Educational Development for a course for the second grade, and the excellent quality of this educational product was noted. This academic year, the course will be held in the third, fifth and sixth grades. Later we will introduce it to fourth, seventh and eighth grades.
The course is very important for schoolchildren of different ages: it is impossible to love the nature of the region without knowing it. Schoolchildren are the generation on which the wellbeing of nature will depend in future, and we need them to know and take care of our region. Ultimately, we want these children to become environmentally conscious, patriotic, nature–loving and homeland-loving adult citizens," said Tatyana Gulbina, Deputy Director for Environmental Education and Public Relations at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve.
The course contains a lot of knowledge about the importance of nature for humans, how ecosystems are organized and how many diverse connections there are in them; why it is necessary to protect some natural objects by organizing nature reserves, national and regional natural parks and other forms of protection. There are also practical points: for example, how to interact with wild animals safely for them and for yourself, why it is impossible to feed "human" food to animals and birds, how to behave when visiting protected areas etc.
In the new academic year, most schools in Petropavlovsk–Kamchatsky, as well as other localities, will implement the lessons of the course. Educational institutions in Yelizovo, Pionerskiy, Ust-Kamchatsk and others are already interested in conducting lessons. The experts of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve highly welcome this: the more students complete the lessons at the testing stage, the better the final course will turn out.
"It is very valuable for us when teachers give detailed feedback after the lessons: one thing worked out, the other didn't work out, what to redo or what to enhance. We are immensely grateful to the teachers: after all, despite their heavy workload, they, on their own initiative, additionally take on the work with our lessons. Our experts will definitely refine the tested lessons so that their effectiveness is maximized," adds Anna Chernikova, a specialist in the Department of Environmental education of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve.