Dilmah Conservation launched the One Earth Nature Club in 2016 to nature related educational programs, lectures and capacity building workshops to Sri Lankan youth. These programmes and activities are aimed at nurturing interest in nature while offering basic knowledge and skills necessary to become an environmental scientist. The Club is open to Sri Lankan’s between the ages of 13 and 30.
Those interested in joining need only fill in the online application form
Information on club events are posted on the One Earth Nature Club Facebook Group
Youth in Responsible Conservation:
Dr. Enoka Kudavidanage - 30th of September 2018
Youth in Responsible Conservation is a workshop series is designed to promote science-based, practical, neutral and conscious conservation practices amongst the next generation. The first Workshop was conducted by Dr. Enoka Kudavidanage (senior lecturer in conservation biology) at the Diyasaru Wetland Park in Thalawathugoda on the 30th of September 2018.
At the event Dr. Enoka shared her experiences working in the conservation field and mentored One Earth Nature Club members on how to turn their dreams of becoming a conservationist into a reality- directing them to free educational platforms that can boost their technical knowledge and provide them with international learning opportunities.
Insights into the Wild Elephants:
Dr. Prithviraj Fernando - 16th September 2017
Insights into the Wild Elephants by Dr. Prithviraj Fernando, Chairman- Centre for Conservation and Research was held at the Udawalawe National Park on 16th September 2017. The first half of the day program consisted of a workshop on the human-elephant conflict led Dr. Prithviraj Fernando and was followed by an excursion of the Udawalawe National Park.
A Field Excursion on Dragonflies and Damselflies:
Amila Sumanapla - 1stJuly 2017
A Field Excursion on Dragonflies and Damselflies was organized on 1st July 2017 at the Beddagana Wetland Park by Dilmah Conservation.
The participants had the opportunity to interact with Amila Sumanapla the author of ‘A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Sri Lanka’ and learn about the characteristics of these flying insects and the ecological role played by them.
A Study on Sri Lankan Snakes:
L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe - November 2016
A Study on Sri Lankan Snakes by L.J. Mendis Wickramasinghe, an expert on herpetofauna and the author of Dilmah Conservation’s ‘Recognizing Deadly Venomous Snakes from Harmless Snakes of Sri Lanka’ was organized at the Dehiwala Zoo.
Wetland, Estuarine and Lagoon Ecosystems:
Wetland, Estuarine and Lagoon Ecosystems was the first excursion of the events organized by the Nature Club. Members visited the Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary, Sri Lanka, where they listened to lectures by leading experts in the field on significance of wetlands and their conservation. This was followed by an educational tour of the sanctuary.