Holiday Fun at the Muizenberg East Conservation Cluster

In the December holidays the staff at the Muizenberg East Conservation Cluster hosted an exciting environmental education holiday programme for resident children from Soralia Village, Muizenberg East Private Nature Reserve, Villa D’Algarve and Sunrise Villas, all residences within the cluster.

Conservation Manager Kim Gordon tells us, “Activities involved a scavenger hunt around the conservation area where we drew the particular items that we went looking for. We also encountered a friendly angulate tortoise along the route who recently found his way back into the conservation area after a short mystery absence. We then did a litter clean-up where we recorded the types of litter we found and discussed their origins and effect on biodiversity conservation. We also played an educational card game which got everyone moving as well as a food chain version of musical chairs, all lots of fun!”

She says the children loved the hand painting, environmental word search and arts and crafts where colourful animals were created by reusing toilet rolls. “We were all excited when one of the children found a bee hive in the lid of the sprinkler system box on the ground. It showed us how fascinated some kids are and how much interest they show in learning about nature when they are given the opportunity to spend time looking for creatures and really observe the wonders of nature and how adaptable wildlife can be, particularly in the urban environment,” says Kim.

The programme was well received and residents asked to be kept informed of future events.