Growing young people through nature
To connect children to the environment and simultaneously foster an appreciation of nature, the Durban Green Corridors’ youth programme utilises sport to engage young people. Mountain biking and trail running are but two nature-based activities that form part of the programme. Young people also gain valuable life skills by participating in these structured sessions, which also see children developing an interest in careers linked to the environment such as conservation, horticulture, nature guides, professional sportsmen and entrepreneurs.
Go!Durban Bike Program
At least four days per week, a group of children meet to cycle the trails of the eNanda Adventure Park at Inanda Dam. The bike programme – led by trained members of the community – offers children a healthy activity to enjoy after school, and helps them to build a sense of ambition and achievement. The program is supported by the Kargo Pro MTB team and GO!Durban. Another 8 similar pump tracks are currently being rolled out by Durban Green Corridors at sites around Durban.
eNanda Adventure Park is also the home of an active Youth Trail Running Club, which meets at least four days every week to train on the surrounding trails along the dam. Girls and boys of a range of ages are focused, driven and hard working as a result of the life skills the club has developed within them.
The Inanda Dam site is also proud to host an annual Youth Day Trail Run, which sees hundreds of children from local schools compete to celebrate this special day. The run is usually followed by a prize-giving ceremony and motivational talks about choices that youth have to make now to ensure a positive and healthy future.
Environmental Clubs & Children's Wilderness
Through our Environmental Clubs, local youth meet regularly to learn more about the plants and species that surround their communities. They learn about indigenous and alien vegetation, birds and other wildlife and are passionate about keeping their communities clean. These club members are ambassadors for the environment within their own communities. A further program focused around the concept of free play and children's wilderness areas as a tool for early childhood development is being developed at several sites.
Durban Green Corridors caters for the needs of schools by providing age-appropriate programmes to teach learners about nature and the environment. These school programmes align with the curriculum and includes guidance on the recognition of different plant species and wildlife, and provides a focus on environmental issues such as global warming and littering. Trained guides also visit schools.