SOUTH AFRICA - WESTERN CAPE - PLETTENBERG BAY - BITOU REGION

GARDEN ROUTE NATURAL SCIENCE RESEARCH FACILITY - FOREST HALL ESTATE

  • University Students & Graduates
    • Botany – zoology – marine biology – reforestation
  • Gap Year Students & Under Graduate facilitation
    • Life Skills
  • Volunteer Projects
    • Assisting in Local Economic Development

UNIVERSITYS AND STUDENTS

Our campus, accommodation and Research Station is Located on the Historic Country Estate, Forest Hall Manor built in 1862 by an English gentleman and colonist, William Henry Newdigate - the third son of Francis and Lady Barbara Newdigate of Astley Castle in Warwickshire, England.

University and Gap Year students that are interested either as individuals, or in a class group, are afforded the opportunity to interact in the rich and diverse domain of Southern African Fauna and Flora, assisting in the exploration of, and the recording and capture of all interrelated data of the above sciences for the development of our Educational Facility alongside the Research Station on a 440 Hectare  private Afro mountain, Fynbos, Coastal forest Reserve, with 2.5 Km of coastal marine frontage of bays, beaches and sand stone conglomerate forged by the Indian Ocean.

We facilitate and offer University students the chance to apply their programs and syllabus leading to their (BSc.) (MSc.) and (PhD) in Botany, Zoology and Marine biology with research inclination that includes ecology, evolution and behavior development, comparative and environmental physiology, plant and cellular molecular biology, neurobiology, genetics, and phylogenetics.

Our flexibility invites student’s respective Alma Mater professor’s and steering committees participation, inclusion and assistance in these programs, in order to claim credits for the student, through their respective Universities and our platform.

Our studies will range from problems at the genomic level to the analysis of ecosystems, the interrelationships and interactions that take place  between biotic organisms’ and the abiotic environment and the study of processes that take place during such interactions. Research is on a variety of terrestrial and marine environments, and a wide range of organisms. These programs involve laboratory and field-based studies as well as theoretical work in these specific areas of science.
Our faculty and students will cover the basic understanding and full integrative research, crossing levels of all mentioned sciences, from molecular mechanics to global systems and interrelationships, linking theory with our own data analysis interpreted through the use of statistical and mathematical tools, using natural history sciences to guide the development and testing of rigorous accepted conceptual frameworks and designing and formulating alternative methods and hypothesis.
We are interested in the application and testing of basic science in applied contexts in conservation biology, eco-toxicology, human health, and social injustices derived from over exploitation of the indigenous natural resources in our particular geographical biome.
We tutor general bush knowledge for students also interested in working in the Field Guiding and Wildlife industry covering Geology and soils, ecology, taxonomy, botany, ethno-botany, and grasses, the different biomes of Southern Africa, mollusks, arthropoda, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
Theory and practical courses on individual and group survival, including medicinal plant identification, field interrogation methods and scientific interpretation of the interrelationship of specific plant chemo-types and their interaction within the mammal immune systems and their responses, pertinent to Zoo-pharmacology ethnology.
Our intention is to continue and expand with the reforestation effort started a decade ago here, and to build a library of information utilizing young enquiring minds and their ideas and systems to capture the diversity of information particular to our property and region.  

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALMA MATER’S GLOBALLY

Universities and students should contact us directly regarding their interest and participation at our facility for their personalized programme. We are willing to discuss the possibility of an exchange of old Laboratory equipment and systems tools from your University for group accommodation and data capture on a reciprocity basis.

The Non Profit Organisation, The Green Ticket.Org is our funding vehicle and route for equipment donations should such an organisation be required to facilitate and accept donations of a kind.

GAP YEAR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

We tutor general bush knowledge for students interested in working in the Field Guiding and Wildlife industry covering Geology and soils, ecology, taxonomy, botany, ethno-botany, and grasses, the different biomes of Southern Africa, mollusks, arthropoda, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Theory and practical courses on individual and group survival, including medicinal plant identification, field interrogation methods and scientific interpretation of the interrelationship of specific Plant chemo-types interaction within the mammal immune systems and their responses, pertinent to Zoo-pharmacology ethnology.

VOLUNTEEERS AND VOLUNTOURISIM

This programme is very popular and combines green collar job assistance projects with women and youth as a priority, and a skill transfer in our Training Center assisting in Local Economic Development projects through Bitou Social Integrated Development Projects, Life Skills in SA’s social responsibility initiative, with an action packed adrenaline tour taking in the best of the tourist attractions and participation tours here on the Garden Route. Anyone of any age can participate in these options.

Our base here is at Rocky Road in tented accommodation on an 8 hectare small holding featuring a Bole course, put put green, a hot tub and a large BBQ entertainment area.

This is the adventure activity capital of South Africa with premier tourist attractions ranging from raptor sanctuaries to primate and predator rehabilitation centers and ocean mammal observation vessels, affording us the ability to offer such a variety of possibilities.  Our volunteers get to explore the picturesque area of this evergreen mountainous region with its unspoilt beaches, Lake District and wilderness area encompassing the massif Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain range during their stay with us.

Plettenberg Bay is South Africa’s premier holiday resort with its laid back holiday atmosphere and soul wrenching beauty.  Nestled between, Bahia Formosa of the Tsitsikamma mountain range, and the Indian Ocean.

LIFE SKILLS PROGRAMME

This is a crash course for serious volunteers wishing to glean as much information on South Africa/ns as possible, for their next appointment.
Our 3 week course is ideal for preparing any volunteer wishing to work in the wildlife environment 
If you are interested in learning a variety of skills, this programme is for you!

Duration:  3 weeks - Full Course 7 weeks – includes a Safari tour, leaving Plettenberg Bay passing through Namibia and Botswana, returning to Plett. Once this course is completed any further stay can be accommodated within the volunteer programme, or as a tourist accommodation stay.

In-house training and seminars with motivational guest speakers on a variety of interesting topics, from human behavioral science to astronomy and climate change and our re-forestation effort. An internationally recognized first aid level 1 course , and a comprehensive ecological talk on different sciences within the Field Guides Association curriculum, from mammal Ethology, bird, reptile and plant identification, geology covering soils and grasses, medicinal and edible plants, basic survival knowledge and understanding of the ecology, and the inter-relationship of the ecosystem.

Our outings will take you out of your comfort space and question your understanding of the environment and your fragile ability to survive in a wilderness situation. A degree of fitness is required but most of all an open mind and a good pair of hiking boots.  We explore old San rock art caves and look for medicinal plants and learn some basic survival skills. We are privileged in this part of the world to be able to experience rock art dating between 6 000 - 70 000 years of age and many stone age sites stretching from the coastal region to the interior. Encompassing some, 20% of the worlds known Fauna. The Cape floristic region stretches over several mountain ranges and seven of the eight different biomes in South Africa.

All Life Skills programme students receive certificates for the respective courses and projects completed. Example, St John’s First Aid, and our Life Skills in SA certificate which includes the skills, tasks, community programmes and the wildlife ecology course.

 

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