“Nature sans frontières” (Nature without Frontiers) games kit from the French nature conservation organisational FRAPNA

Children are the adults of tomorrow – and will be responsible for decision-making and action. For that reason, it is important to teach them about ecological relationships and the key functions of natural systems. This can be achieved simply and effectively through play. The “Nature sans frontières” (Nature without Frontiers) games kit from the French nature conservation organisational FRAPNA is a very useful teaching tool in this context.

All living creatures depend on being able to move around their environment in order to find food and partners for reproduction and reach their seasonal habitats – in other words, to access the resources which are vital for life. However, numerous barriers obstruct the mobility of many species, forcing them to cross obstacles such as roads, fences and railway lines, for example. These barriers interrupt the natural connecting elements between the various habitats. However, there are ways of overcoming these obstacles.

The games kit is a practical tool which enables children and young people to learn about the mobility needs of various sample species, recognise possible barriers and identify simple solutions to overcome them. The easily accessible games are ideally suited to the classroom and excursions into the local environment.

The kit comprises a theoretical guide with explanations of the issues, suggested action and solutions (80 pages); an activity book with instructions for observations, experiments and various activities (60 pages) and several games (card games, board games, identification sets and bird silhouettes). An interactive game for children is also available on the Internet.
The kit was developed in 2005-2008 as part of an environmental education campaign on the issue of ecological corridors. A “Nature sans frontières” children’s club was also established as a forum where school classes and groups can share their observations and experiences. The club also publishes a magazine at regular intervals (3 issues a year). There is also a website which provides up-to-date news and information about the campaign.

Further information

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Development and provision of educational materials on biotope networks and ecological connectivity

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