The National Park Service Conservation education unit is charged with the responsibility of influencing people’s attitudes, emotions, knowledge, and behaviours about wildlife and wild places. This is done through the efforts of skilled educators and Park interpreters, who use a variety of techniques, methods, and assessments to reconnect people with the natural world. The Conservation Education section of the National Park Service Website provides the tools to start, expand, or refresh any conservation education program.

The National Park Service over the years have embarked on various programmes and projects aimed at increasing knowledge and support on biodiversity conservation in the support zone communities of the Seven National Parks through rural community talks, video/film show, stakeholders and or town hall community meetings.

Figure i Conservation awareness campaign  carried out in  the Support Zone Communities of the Park:  Pictures of  some Support Zone Community members during the awareness campaign  meetings @ CRNP


2Figure i Conservation awareness campaign carried out in the Support Zone Communities of the Park: Pictures of some Support Zone Community members during the awareness campaign meetings @ CRNP

Apart from the use and  active involvement of school conservation clubs in spreading the conservation message in the  catchment areas of the Parks, the National Park Service has continued to extend her gesture in the area of provision of educational materials(exercise books, pen/pencil, text books, furniture and chalk) to facilitate their (school children)  emotional and mental development towards serving as vanguards in advocating the course of conservation of biodiversity in school and out of school.

Figure ii: Students receiving lectures from park instructors during a conservation education visits to the National Park Service Headquarters Abuja.

Figure ii: Students receiving lectures from park instructors during a conservation education visits to the National Park Service Headquarters Abuja.

Another very important aspect of conservation education the National Park Service has maintained in her operations is the raising, procurement and distribution of seedlings to schools for ornamental purposes, to check climate change  and reduce global warming as well as erosion control measures in the school environment. Inter school  quiz competitions (debates, essay writing, drama presentations), and excursions  are other programmes that the National Park Service explored through the school conservation clubs to drive home the message of conservation education in the support zone communities.

Figure iii. Secondary school students being lectured by a park interpreter while on an  excursion to one of the Parks

Figure iii. Secondary school students being lectured by a park interpreter while on an excursion to one of the Parks