Many an adult can attest to the fun and influence an outdoor camp had on them in their childhood with some pursuing a career or participation in environmental activities in their later life as a result. We make these opportunities available to children, many of whom will, without our intervention, never have the experience because of a lack of finances or school coordination.
Nestled in the heart of the Cape Flats, with the backdrop of the Cape Peninsula mountain range, lie some of the most important wetlands in South Africa namely Rondevlei, Zeekoevlei and Strandfontein encompassed by the 2000ha False Bay Nature Reserve. CTEET has been operating two camps at Zeekoevlei for the past 12 years, initially only using the camp fondly known as ZEEP (after the initial programme name) and later out of the False Bay Education Centre. Here, trained Field Rangers run fully guided Environmental Education Programmes for groups of 20-80 people.
Programmes are tailor made with client groups and range from 1 – 5 days with most schools opting for a 3 day programme. During this time, young people get in touch with nature and come to understanding their role in protecting our planet and conserving our natural heritage. Free of the glare and glitz of the city night-lights and malls, children can gaze up at the night sky whilst listening for the grunt and splash of a hippopotamus. Here they learn to appreciate nature, each other and themselves bringing healing, hope and a sense of belonging and purpose.