Title of submission
Report on Field Trip
Report on Field Trip
A REPORT ON FIELD TRIP
THE LION SAFARI PARK
A field trip or excursion is a journey by a group of people to a place away from their normal environment. The purpose of the trip is usually observation for education, non experimental research or to provide students with experiences outside their everyday activities. Such trips provide students with the opportunity to visualise, experience and discuss information.
The aim is to observe the subject in its natural state. It expands children’s learning through active hands on experience with the natural resources of our locality. It increases student knowledge and understanding of a subject. Activities that happen on the field trips often include: lectures, tours, worksheets, videos and demonstrations.
Education is not confined to classroom teaching. Life in the classroom can cover only a small part of our life. Many objects and phenomena can be studied best in their natural setting. It develops better social awareness and social skills development in pupils. It involves journey with the students to observe and investigate situations outside the classroom about science and technology concepts and themes as they occur in actual situations.
The main objective is to reinforce experimental and contextual learning. Field trips are a way of enhancing classroom learning by making real world connection. It exposes student to different lifestyle, places and culture. It develops curiosity and critical thinking skills. It stimulates reasoning skills. It must be planned to meet specific educational objectives rather than merely a picnic activity.
OBJECTIVES OF FIELD TRIP
The acquisition of lasting concepts are rooted on concrete experiences. Th3 field trip brings the world beyond the classroom. It has a wide range of applications. It increases student knowledge.
1. To understand historical and geographical peculiarities of the place.
2. The education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation related activities.
3. The promotion of scientific research and development in the wildlife conservation field.
4. The treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals that are brought to the centre.
5. To promote environment conservation awareness and regulate nature based tourism.
6. To support conservation of lions.
7. To serve as a means of arousing specific interest in material, objects, places or processes.
8. To provide a leisure time for teachers students.
9. To get know more about nature.
10. To collect the history of that safari park.
11. To study the geometrical figures used in the construction of the park.
12. To study the major services offered by authorities.
NEED AND IMPORTANCE
Field trips help strengthen classroom materials and bring classroom lessons to life. Such trips provide students with the opportunity to visualise, experience and discuss information. Educational excursions or field trips conducted offer first hand learning experience where they come across with ample of educational enrichment. In the present scenario with the advance use of technology, one can get all the information by sitting at one place but educational tours make the students to enrich, explore and gain ample knowledge.
Field trips are undoubtedly one of the best way to promote team spirit over several fun filled knowledgeable activities. It is very important to learn things practically and what better way than taking them to different educational trips. Field trips are best known to keep aside the same routine that students follow and introduce to them a new way of learning and getting information. Such trips encourage the strengthening of bond between teachers and students. Field trips also help in improving children’s social and interactive skills.
AZA- accredited zoos and aquariums play a vital role in educating over 180 million visitors, including 51 million students, each year, about wild animals, their habitats, their related conservation issues, and the ways in which they can contribute to their preservation. Safari parks offer opportunities to educate visitors about habitat conservation through programs and activities, and the way individual habitats and Safari parks are being designed. Lion safari parks, Neyyar, focusses on conservation and to fight against the extinction of lions.
Education about wildlife and habitat conservation is important and must address scientific, aesthetic and ecological values to be effective. Every academic should inculcate field trips as a part of their curriculum. Educational and awareness programmes are conducting every year- conducting regular camps, distributing brochures, interpretation centres and sign boards. Some developmental works are carried out in the zoo every year such as concreted enclosures, roof tops replaced by concrete slab, animal houses made with chain link mesh.
The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Thiruvananthapuram District of Kerala. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary has an area of 128 sq.km which is on the western slope of the Southern Western Ghats. The river Neyyar originates from the Agasthyamala peak, which the legends say is the home of sage ‘Agasthya’. The water in Neyyar is therefore considered as Ghee and hence the name ‘Neyyar’. The area was previously part of the Thiruvananthapuram Forest Division upto 1982. During 1982, a separate Wildlife Division was formed with Headquarters at Thiruvananthapuram for better administrative control and effective management of the sanctuary. The Lion Safari Park has an area of 4 hectares.
I visited The Lion Safari Park, Neyyar on 15 September 2015 along with my friends. The Lion Safari Park is managed by the Assistant Wildlife Warden, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Currently there are two lionessess in the Park. A rescued panther has also been housed in the Lion Safari Park and permission to release is awaited. During the year 2017-18, a total of 27,930 guests visited the Park which includes both Indians and foreigners. During this period an amount of Rs.73,51,510/- was generated at the Park.
The Dam though is not that much of an attraction but the Lion Safari is and it was quite a surprise to hear the lion’s roar in the jungle. First I couldn’t believe as it seemed so close. Seeing them in their natural habitat was another thrill. I reached the safari park 10 AM. The ticket is only 250 rupees then. As we move through the forest we can see the lions freely walking through the jungle. By 11 AM I started my journey back to visit crocodile and deer rehabilitation centers and for boating.
The sanctuary is closed on Monday. Children below 5 years can join for free, and those between 5 to 12 years can book the child package. Boating, visit crocodile rehabilitation center, visit deer rehabilitation center etc are some other inclusions. One of the best place for seeing lions in their natural habitat in India is Neyyar at Thiruvananthapuram.
The timings is between 9 AM and 4 PM. Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages and follow the rules and regulations given by the authorities. Wild animals are the treasure of our country and their safety is our prior duty. Be careful not to tease any animals to maintain the decorum of Jungle.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the cancellation policy for the safari park. One can easily reach here by public or private transport as the location is 30 km from Trivandrum Central (Railway Station) via Neyyar Dam road.
Histoy of the Park
The Lion Safari Park was established in 1984 at Marakkunnam, Neyyantinkara Taluk of Thiruvananthapuram district and was opened to public on January 1985. The Lion Safari Park is one of the major tourists’ attractions in Thiruvananthapuram district and is visited by a large number of visitors annually. Initially there was one Lion and three Lionessess brought from Thrissur Zoo. Later three offsprings were produced which included one male and two females taking the total number to seven. Presently there are only two lionessess in the Park. The park is carved out from the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary area and spread across ten acres of land which is fenced all along its boundary. It is situated at Marakkunnam which is situated four kilometres away from the Headquarters of the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary. An approach road is constructed from the mainland and through the Lion Safari Park wherein the tourists are taken in by specially built safari vehicles (minibus) assuring maximum safety of the visitors and also enables them to get a close view of the Lions.
Taking part in field trips is one of the best ways to make learning fun for children outside the classrooms. The trip was a wonderful experience. It was very thrilling to go round as animals roam in the open place where we, visitors, are sitting in bus covered with wire mesh around. The guides told that previously it was not with wire mesh but the wire mesh formed because of a small child along with a visitor was dragged by a lion from the open place through the window. Along with the thrill and fear I went round and really it was a good experience. I have never failed to mention about cruelty of humans to other creatures. I used to wonder what the animals will think and discuss among them if they are visitors and humans are caged. The visit is very interesting, nature is enchanting.