Gately Rotary Earth Stewardship Programme

The museum was fortunate to have the financial support from Gately Rotary Club (East London, SA) to facilitate an ”Earth Stewardship” programme during the summer break.

Learners from across the city attended the 3 day programme which was hosted by the Natural History Department. Future champions of a sustainable environment for humans, plants and animals engaged museum scientists on a variety of topics. Below is an excerpt of the programme:


East London Museum

5-7 DECEMBER 2011

Monday 5th December 2011

10h00 Welcome and Introduction

            Purpose of the programme

11h00 Introduction to Biodiversity

            Presentation on Natural History of the Eastern Cape

12h00 Group discussion and team presentations

13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH

14h00 Museum Tour Cultural History

15h00 Break

15h15 Natural History tour Part 1.

16h00 Close

Tuesday 6th December 2011

08h30 Environmental challenges for humankind – discussion and prep for team presentations

–        Water

–        Food

–        Population

–        Disease

09h45 Relevant presentations and video clips

10h30 Break

10h50 Relevant presentations and video clips

12h00 Natural History tour Part 2.

13h00 LUNCH

14h00 History of the Earth – Presentation

15h00 Break

15h15 Discussion and Team presentations

16h00 Close

Rotarian Mr Stef Kriel is thanked for his interest in the programme and for the motivation he tabled to have the sponsorship provided to make ‘it all happen’ !! To the Gately Rotarians ‘thank you’ for your encouragement in this regard.

Group A visiting the climate controlled storage facility

Mary Cole explains what malcological (snails and the like) research entails

Dr Phil Whittington discusses ornithology with the young learners

About East London Museum Science

Conservation Biologist East London Museum South Africa
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