Summer fun: Learn a lesson or two about nature

  • Aishwarya Iyer, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 00:31 IST
Children attend a summer camp organised by Natasha D’costa last year .

A nature camp in the hills is a good idea as the city swelters during the summer holidays. Apart from the pleasant weather, children can learn about nature and how to conserve it.

“Nature is close to each one of us. Children are quick to learn and they are open to knowledge,” said Prachi Ujjwal, one of the organisers of the Matheran Green Festival. Workshops on migratory birds, heritage walks, culture events, nature trails and a biodiversity exhibition will be held as part of the event in the city’s closest hill station.

Life Away from Life (LAFL) is hosting a nature trail for children at Kamshet. “Until five years ago, parents were skeptical about sending their children to camps. But now, they have are less wary as they understand that knowledge can also be acquired beyond the confinement of a classroom,” said Prateek Deo, founder of LAFL.

Experts said nature camps are becoming popular as school boards have environmental studies as a subject. Dr Kersi Chavda, consultant in psychiatric medicine, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Khar, said, “The availability of courses for the same also makes it easier for parents to enroll their children into these programmes and gives them a virtuous feeling of doing their bit.”

Counsellors, meanwhile, said parents need to choose summer programmes carefully for their children. Harish Shetty, psychiatrist at LH Hiranandani Hospital, said, “Summer camps should be chosen with an eye on safety and the interests of the child. The detailed chat with the organisers and detailed appraisal along with logical fun must be pursued.”

Go-to guide

Matheran Hill Festival

Workshops on migratory bird species, heritage walk, culture festival, nature trails, photo and biodiversity exhibition organised by Matheran Pratisthan

For whom: Children of all age groups

When: 13th-31st May

Where: Matheran

Contact: Prachi Ujjwal: 9920470308

Best out of waste

A tree made out of empty bottles.

Upcycling workshop: Workshops on how to recycling waste and convert in to useful product in simple ways

For whom: Children over three

Where: The Hive, Khar

Contact: Natasha D’costa: 9833949155/ Priyanka Amar: 9819673357

Lakeside adventure camp

Summer camp and activities devoted to the all-round development of children

For whom: Children between eight and 13 years

Where: Takwe, near Kamshet

When: May 9 to 11 or May 21 to 23rd

Contact: 9322181849 /

Biodiversity workshops

Nehru Planetarium has organised a host of workshops for Class 7 and 8 students on biodiversity and ways to help protect the environment. They will be conducted by environmentalist-academician Dr Siddhivinayak Barve. A workshop on climate change will be held by Dr Nandini Deshmukh, director of Ecopersona and Mumbai and district manager, Climate Reality Project (India). She will talk about how the world is affected by climate change and how it can be remedied

For whom: Class 7 and 8 students

When: May 13

Where: Hall of Quest, Nehru Planetarium, Worli

Contact: Sanjay R Dalvi on 022-24964676-80

Nature trail

Nature trail for children where they will be taught the primitive process of lighting fires, water gathering and will be given lessons natural history

For whom: Children between eight and 14 years

Where: Kamshet, about 120 Kms away from Mumbai

When: May 1-3, May 4-6th or May 22-24

Contact: 022-66096693 / 7718058351 (WhatsApp) / 9869158351 or email at or website:

Geology workshop

(Bachchan Kumar)

Moov N Groove, a learning centre, will hold workshop on geology and how mountains are formed, particularly Mount Everest.

For whom: Children between five to 11 years

When: May 14

Where: Moov N Groove studios, Nerul

Contact: Kavita on 9167073947

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