While walking through a beautiful garden, you are met with a lovely bouquet of fragrances from its many flowers. These smells are so pleasing that we use them in our homes, food, and even on our bodies. Have you ever considered what makes these flowers smell sweet, and how plants might benefit from these scents?

Vena Kapoor works with the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Bengaluru on nature education, outreach and public engagement. She is fascinated by the natural world and enjoys sharing this passion and wonderment with children and young adults. She has a soft corner for spiders — taking unsuspecting people for spider walks whenever possible.

This lesson plan on extinction is intended to encourage students to understand the concept of extinction and better appreciate life on the planet Earth and the role we can play in shaping it.

Here's a poem filled with colour and nature!

Raju has a conversation with the rainbow fish about what it feels like for fish to be confined in a glass tank. Read about it in this story originally written in Kannada as 'Bannada Meenu' by Jayashree Deshpande, illustrated by Monappa and translated into English by Dr. Hegde.

What better way to teach children about nature, gardens, and butterflies than have them involved in a school herbal garden, a butterfly garden, and a compost pit?

M.S. Coumar tells us about his 'school gardening project' in this article published in Thisaimani (Journey 1) - an APF-Puducherry District Institute publication.

With all the news pouring in of the floods in most of the parts of the country, the children of the Azim Premji Foundation School, Udham Singh Nagar were deeply touched and got together as a group to discuss how to resolve the problems and the reasons for them to occur at all.  Many of the children were able to point out that it was because of the devastation we ourselves had caused nature.  The  general understanding was that human beings were tampering with the nature a lot. 

Shapes are all around us! This worksheet encourages students to observe the shapes and angles in their surroundings.

The life cycle of a butterfly is an engaging and interesting concept for children. It can also be used to touch upon the concepts of family, animals and insects.


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