“Caring for Nature and Sharing with People”
Baviaanskloof Nature Awareness (BNA) is a group of young adults from local communities who care about the area’s natural heritage and wish to share that passion with others.
We believe that nature underpins and connects all of who we are. It is part of our Baviaanskloof identity and belonging. We believe that caring for nature is also caring for ourselves, the wellbeing of our communities and respecting creation.
Our mission is to enhance nature awareness through three core areas:
* Experience: We offer informal guided walks for visitors, sharing our knowledge of local wildlife and medicinal uses. We are building walking trails, picnic sites and bird hides to facilitate rich experiences.
* Education: We support nature learning in our schools, children and communities. We give presentations and organise outdoor experiential activities to enliven environmental education. We learn from our elders.
* Ecology: We monitor local wildlife out of curiosity, concern and for its conservation. We document wildlife threats and opportunities. We record the presence and distribution of key species. We propagate plants to support landscape restoration.
Our vision is to grow our ourselves and our communities through nurturing nature and deepening connection to the area. We aim to become a ‘go-to’ hub for sourcing ecological knowledge (past and present), providing interpretative and affective nature experiences and delivering educational expertise about the Baviaanskloof.
We are working toward becoming accomplished: area-specific field guides (for visitors to the kloof); local environmental educators (for schools and youth); documenters and restorers of dwindling medicinal plant knowledge (for community and culture); and biodiversity monitoring to assist ongoing landscape restoration and wildlife management (for conservation organizations, researchers and practitioners).
Please come visit our office at the Sewefontein community in the Baviaans Hartland (western section). We look forward to your support and sharing the delights of our home with you.