ZOOREACH AND MANGO EDUCATION PRESENTS
Stars of The Forest
A once-in-a-year natural light show, guaranteed to enthral one and all! Welcome to the stars of the forest! - A two-day learning expedition for kids to explore fireflies and biodiversity at Coorg with experts and scientists.
- Learn about fireflies with field experts, and witness the rare event of 1000’s of fireflies lighting up the forest at night.
- A trek to understand the flora and fauna of Coorg. From the blossoming of wild orchid species to moths, different birds, reptiles, and amphibians that are native to the western ghats.
- Understanding Organic Farming and Mojo plantation. Understanding the farming of cardamom, coffee, black pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, kokum, and how minor ones like ginger and turmeric are farmed in a sustainable and co-existing way.
What are you going to do in this expedition?
Lunch at the Gerry Martin Project
Gerry Martin began his career in 1995 at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust, under the inadvertent mentorship of Rom Whitaker. As a young assistant curator, Gerry’s duties covered the care of all the reptiles at the park including the breeding group of king cobras. In 2000, Gerry became National Geographic Channel’s first Indian ‘Adventurer’.
The stars on Earth
After we settle down and unpack at the 25 acre organic plantation - 'Rainforest Retreat', we get ready for the amazing light spectacle we have come all the way to see. Dr.Sanjay Molur and his team will teach the kids about the amazing phenomenon as they watch the dance of the fireflies. A midnight feast and total darkness with just the fireflies is a treat to watch!
Wild walk with Sanjay Molur and Payal Molur
Dr. Sanjay has been a wildlife conservationist for over 25 years. He runs three South Asian networks - on amphibians, reptiles and small mammals. He has done his PhD in Coorg on rodents and bats and has traversed the area for several years. Kids will get ample opportunities to pick his brain.
His wife Payal has been a wildlife documentary maker. Today, she is a Wildlife Educator, and has been conducting workshops for kids and teachers for 15 years. She uses a blend of activity-based immersive learning techniques so kids can play as well as learn in the field.
Kids will interact with them to understand the flora and fauna of Coorg – wild orchids, butterflies and moths, birds, reptiles, and amphibians that are native to the Western Ghats, maybe even a glimpse of the resident rat snake at the water tank.
Breakfast with Dr Sujatha and Anurag Goel
Dr. Sujatha has a PhD. from the Botany Dept of Delhi University, and Dr. Anurag has completed his studies (PhD. in Molecular Biology) in Toronto, Canada. They have research experience in the fields of biological sciences including botany, plant biochemistry, genetics, ecology and molecular biology.
Stream Splash with Sanjay Molur and Priyanka Iyer
In the dappled sunlight stream that runs along the property, kids will wade up-stream in search of wetland species like crabs, fish and amphibians. Led by Dr. Sanjay Molur and Priyanka Iyer the kids will do a species diversity count study along with the team.
Priyanka has always been passionate about wildlife and has worked in different aspects of wildlife conservation including publications, field research, education and policy. She found her true calling at Zoo Outreach Organisation, where she is a researcher working on projects concerning threatened species, freshwater policies, and illegal wildlife trade. She also works at the peer-reviewed, open access Journal of Threatened Taxa as an associate editor.
Expedition itinerary, particulars, and other details
A learning expedition to a beautiful part of the Western Ghats, Coorg. Visiting an organic plantation where fireflies make their home. A once in a year natural light show guaranteed to enthral. A unique chance to interact with plant biologists, an organic farmer, wildlife scientists, and an astronomer out in the field surrounded by frogs, reptiles, birds, insects and stars! Stars of the forest and stars of the sky all in as part of this learning expedition.
|11 AM||Start from Mysore|
|12 PM - 3 PM||Interaction with Gerry Martin; understanding about Reptiles and efforts on Research and Conservation, followed by Lunch|
|6:30 PM||Reach Rain forest, start unpacking and get refreshed for the learning expeditions|
|8:30 PM - 11:30 PM|
|8 AM - 9 AM||Breakfast discussion|
|9AM - 10:30 AM||Plantation tour with Dr. Sujatha and team|
|11 AM - 1 PM||Wildlife trek with Dr. Sanjay and team|
|1: 30 PM||Lunch|
|3 PM - 4 PM||Stream splash with Sanjay Molur and Priyanka Iyer|
|5 PM - 8 PM||Researching frogs, amphibians, wild orchids around the place|
|8:30 PM - 1 AM|
|8 AM - 9 AM onwards||Breakfast, discussion, and packing|
|12:30 PM||Reach Mysore|