LF has been the major conservation education player in the Laikipia landscape for over 15 years. Laikipia’s schools and pupils have benefitted from learning excursions supported by donors during this time. The model was highly valued, but not sustainable.
Access to information and education remains a cornerstone of conservation work, and the Forum has supported others and their activities – the Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs, the Northern Kenya Conservation Education Working Group, and others.
In order to increase the impacts of these clubs and working groups, the Forum has supported a landscape level association of conservation educators – the Laikipia Association of Conservation Educators (LACE).
LACE allows conservation education educators to benefit from materials and activities at scale. It supports the interaction of educators, allows members access to materials, expertise, and programs, and provides a forum from which fundraising, international/regional partnerships, and expertise can be accessed.
Citizen Science is a more recent addition to the Forum’s programs (5 years) and is exciting public engagement in conservation and natural resources management research.