The Bahamas National Trust believes that Education is the Key to Good Environmental Stewardship
The BNT Education Team directly reaches over 25,000 children each year through school presentations, national park visits, educational programs and workshops. The various activities and initiatives carried out by the dedicated team of BNT educators inspires young Bahamians and island visitors to explore, appreciate and care for the natural resources of The Bahamas and all that the national parks have to offer.
BNT Summer Camps immerse children in outdoor experiences that encourage learning and environmental stewardship. The annual BNT EcoCamp selects 40+ children from over 10 Bahamian islands to travel to Andros for an adventure of sustainable initiatives and learning socialization without the use of electronic devices. Each year there are also Nature Camps on several islands for children to participate in activities and field trips to national parks and ecosystems in their local communities.
The Discovery Club program is dedicated to inspire and educate Bahamian children to become knowledgeable environmental stewards through fun conservation based classroom lessons, hands on activities and field trips. The 4 distinct clubs under the Discovery Club umbrella are Explorers, Guardians, Navigators, and BNT Collegiate Chapters. Each level caters to specific age groups and features specialized interests.
The National Park Experience Program offers school groups opportunities to visit and explore national parks and participate in outdoor classroom experiences and activities specially tailored for each grade level. These activities are designed to complement aspects of the science curriculum established by the Bahamas Ministry of Education. Special events are also offered that coincide with annual environment celebratory days such as Earth Day (Apr 22) and World Wetland’s Day (Feb 02)
World class teacher workshops are periodically offered to assist in the development of youth educators in The Bahamas. These workshops focus on environmental education and provide hands on experience for teachers in a combination of indoor and outdoor activities. These workshops are endorsed by The Bahamas Ministry of Education (MOE) and teachers can earn MOE professional development points for their participation.
Parks Pal is a program in partnership with Bahamas Fast Ferries that offers large groups, especially youth (100+ persons), tours of the islands they service to (e.g. Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, etc.).
BNT educational programs rely heavily on assistance from volunteers. If you would like to help with any of The BNT initiatives in any capacity, please click on the link below. The BNT Education Department schedules four major volunteer days per annum throughout national parks, click the link below to view scheduling and/or sign up!