The National Nature Reserve Lesson took place at the visitor centre of Land of the Leopard National Park on 11 January and welcomed schoolchildren from the village of Barabash. The young guests learned about the history of Russia's nature reserve system, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.
Children were taught the history of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve, the oldest reserve in the Russian Far East and part of Land of the Leopard. They also took a group photo and used it for a postcard as part of the Wish Your Nature Reserve a Happy 100th Anniversary flashmob.
"Today we joined the National Nature Reserve Lesson campaign, and this is only the first step, the beginning of a long conversation about the country's protected areas. Such environmental lessons will be held during the year by our employees and school teachers all across Russia," said Yulia Burkova, chief specialist at Land of the Leopard's environmental education department.
The National Nature Reserve Lesson was initiated by the Zapovedniki Environmental Centre and will be held at schools all around Russia. The campaign aims to explain to children the importance of nature reserves, national parks and other specially protected areas, and to tell them about their role in nature preservation.