Eco-Learners visit the Cedarberg

Learners from Whale Coast Conservation’s Eco-Schools programme were given the wonderful opportunity to attend a wilderness camp hosted by the Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) in the Cedarberg during September.      Learners that had been actively involved in the programme such as students on eco-committees, eco-clubs or involved in special eco-projects, were invited to attend.  There was a good mix of like-minded learners representing Masakhane Primary School (Gansbaai), Okkie Smuts & Troost Homeschool (Stanford), Hermanus High & Primary School, Hermanus Private Pre & Primary School, Hermanus Christian Academy, Hawston Secondary School and Kleinmond Laerskool.  The camp programme included the demanding Wolfberg Cracks hike, tracking, finding out about the work of the CLT, exploring the Stadsaal area, rock art, Boer history, Khoi/San history, meeting with a Black Eagle researcher and observing the birds at their nest, comparing fynbos & Karoo vegetation and climbing to an endangered cedar tree.  The campers experienced a very sustainably built tented campsite and cooked a meal using a solar cooker.  All were very eager to repeat the experience.  As a result Whale Coast Conservation is investigating the possibility of making this camp an annual event.  The camp was generously supported by sponsorships from the Cape Leopard Trust and Hermanus Rotary for which the WCC staff & campers are very grateful.  Visit the Whale Coast Conservation Facebook page to see the full album of photos.