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Environment Club

Explore the environment around you and discover what you can do to protect and improve it! NAME: SCHOOL:

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About

this Explorer Booklet

CONGRATULATIONS on being a member of an Environment Club!

This booklet is for you to use individually to OBSERVE, UNDERSTAND, and REFLECT on the environment around you and DISCOVER what you can do to protect and improve it. Complete this Environment Club Explorer booklet to become an official ENVIRONMENTAL EXPLORER!

= use a resource book to find information

= write an answer to the question

= draw a response = check the box that answers the question

Photos in this booklet by Anna Behm Masozera/IGCP, Jamie Kemsey/IGCP, Maryke Gray/IGCP, José Kalpers, and Martin Harvey.

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Funded by the Annenberg Foundation via the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), a coalition member of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP). © 2012

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YOU - the Explorer

About

Name: Age: DRAW A PICTURE OF YOURSELF

Year in School: Why are you in an Environment Club?

What do you want to do as a job when you are an adult?

Have you visited Volcanoes National Park? If yes, what activity did you do? 2

Did you know gorillas are only found in Africa?

COLOR IN THE COUNTRY OF RWANDA

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These two silverbacks are from two different species of gorilla. Find at least one feature that looks the same. And one feature that looks different.

Same

Different

What species of gorilla is found in Rwanda?

Common name

Scientific name 4

Below is a map showing the home ranges for different mountain gorilla family groups in the Virunga Massif. Each color/pattern represents a different family group.

Uganda

d e

DRC

a

c

b

Rwanda 5

Did you know most gorillas live in family groups?

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Identify the Volcanoes labeled:

a

b

c

d

e

f

Mark the location of your school on the map!

What three mountain gorilla family groups range closest to your school?

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2

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How do you identify one gorilla from another?

Park staff and researchers use a gorilla’s

NOSEPRINT as the

way to identify one gorilla from

another. And now you have that task as well!

Munyinya

Gahinga

to that individual, just as your

FINGERPRINT is unique to you!

Agasaro

Kirezi 7

A gorilla’s noseprint is unique

Kibyeyi

Mbele

And each human is unique, too! Identify each gorilla by name using the noseprints at the left.

Now use a stamp pad to make your own fingerprints in the space to the right. Compare your fingerprints to those of your friend!

left thumb

right thumb

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There are estimated to be only 780 mountain gorillas left in the world!

Can you think of four more words you can use to describe mountain gorillas? important rare 9

Write a short essay about why mountain gorillas are important to the world, the country of Rwanda and to you as a person.

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c

a

b

d

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Here are a few other mammals that live in Volcanoes NP!

Color the picture at the left.

Identify each mammal with the correct common and scientific name: Forest Buffalo; Syncerus caffer Forest Elephant; Loxodonta cyclotis Duiker; Cephalophus nigrifrons Golden Monkey; Cercopithecus mitis kandti

a

scientific name:

b

common name:

scientific name:

common name:

c

common name:

scientific name:

d

common name:

scientific name:

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Wildlife outside of the park Have you ever seen wildlife outside of the park? YES

NO

If yes, tell us about what you saw. What species of animal? How many? How did you and others react?

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Do you know what to do if you see wildlife outside of the park? Tell us what you should do here.

Wildlife don’t recognize park boundaries.

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MY SCHOOL Draw a map of your school and your school’s garden. Be as detailed as possible. Include a key for your map. 15

KEY

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MY SCHOOL

garden

TREE SPECIES #1 Overall Tree Form

Leaf Shape

Look up the common and scientific name of this tree: common name:

scientific name:

Is this species native to Rwanda or exotic to Rwanda? NATIVE

EXOTIC

Write any other information you found about this species. How is it used by people? How big does it grow?

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Use a resource book to find information about the trees at your school.

TREE SPECIES #2 Overall Tree Form

Leaf Shape

Look up the common and scientific name of this tree: common name:

scientific name:

Is this species native to Rwanda or exotic to Rwanda? NATIVE

EXOTIC

Write any other information you found about this species. How is it used by people? How big does it grow?

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! E R O M

MY SCHOOL

garden

Draw and color a BIRD that you see.

Look up the common and scientific name of this bird: common name: scientific name:

Draw and color an INSECT that you find.

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Draw and color a FLOWER that you find.

Write the names of these flowers if you know them.

Draw and color a FLOWER that you find.

Draw and color a FLOWER that you find.

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MY SCHOOL improving the environment List the activities below that your Environment Club has participated in to improve the environment? Check the box for the activities which you personally have participated in.

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What more can be done to protect the environment at your school?

What additional activities could be done to improve the environment near your school?

Why should these activities be done?

And by who?

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Go on an

Expedition! Today’s date: Today’s temperature: Name of location for Expedition #1: Today’s weather:

sunny

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partly sunny

rainy

cloudy

windy

o

C

Walk to a place near your home or near your school. Your job will be to SIT and OBSERVE your surroundings and RECORD what you see!

You don’t have to go far away to go on an expedition!

HINT: You’ll be asked to go on two separate Expeditions!

Check all the landscape features that you see.

volcano farmland pasture wetland stream or river with water dry stream or river bed lake native forest planted woodlot other: other:

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Expedition #1, continued!

FLORA AND FAUNA Name of location for Expedition #1:

Overall Tree Form

Leaf Shape

Look up the common and scientific name of this tree: common name:

scientific name:

Is this species native to Rwanda or exotic to Rwanda? NATIVE

EXOTIC

Write any other information you found about this species. How is it used by people? How big does it grow?

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This should be the same location as the previous page Expedition #1!

Draw and color a BIRD that you see.

common name: Draw and color an INSECT that you find.

Draw and color a BIRD that you see.

common name: Draw and color an INSECT that you find.

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Expedition #1, continued! Name of location for Expedition #1: Check the box if you observe a positive environmental features: tree or bamboo planting pit latrines rainwater harvesting waterways with vegetative buffer zones contour planting of fields other: other:

Check the box if you observe a potential environmental problems: soil erosion garbage tree or bamboo cutting unprotected waterway houses without latrines other: other: 27

What can be done to improve the environment in this location?

Be innovative in your suggestions on how to improve the environment!

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Go on another

Expedition! Today’s date: Today’s temperature: Name of location for Expedition #2: Today’s weather:

sunny

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partly sunny

rainy

cloudy

windy

o

C

Walk to a place near your home or near your school. Your job will be to SIT and OBSERVE your surroundings and RECORD what you see!

You should be an expert environmental observer now!

Check all the landscape features that you see.

volcano farmland pasture wetland stream or river with water dry stream or river bed lake native forest planted woodlot other: other:

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Expedition #2, continued!

FLORA AND FAUNA Name of location for Expedition #2:

Overall Tree Form

Leaf Shape

Look up the common and scientific name of this tree: common name:

scientific name:

Is this species native to Rwanda or exotic to Rwanda? NATIVE

EXOTIC

Write any other information you found about this species. How is it used by people? How big does it grow?

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This should be the same location as the previous page Expedition #2!

Draw and color a BIRD that you see.

common name: Draw and color an INSECT that you find.

Draw and color a BIRD that you see.

common name: Draw and color an INSECT that you find.

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Expedition #2, continued! Name of location for Expedition #2: Check the box if you observe a positive environmental features: tree or bamboo planting pit latrines rainwater harvesting waterways with vegetative buffer zones contour planting of fields other: other:

Check the box if you observe a potential environmental problems: soil erosion garbage tree or bamboo cutting unprotected waterway houses without latrines other: other: 33

What can be done to improve the environment in this location?

Be innovative in your suggestions on how to improve the environment!

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Extra

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Pages

for

Drawings

or

Notes

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original poem

Write an about the environment. Write this poem in Kinyarwanda.

You can choose any environment topic for your poem!

Read this poem to your family. Check the box to show that you’ve completed this task. 37

Date

Environment Club Advisor

Signed by: Environment Club President

School

Name

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

Congratulations! You did it! You’re an Environment Explorer!


Environment Club Explorer