Approximately 200 children enrol in the programme each year. Over the school year, they learn a variety of sampling techniques and set up transects, quadrats and pitfall traps at their schools.
Each term the conservation clubs receive sets of laminated ID cards to help club members accurately identify species that will be seen at that time of the year. The students are also issued with data sheets onto which they can record sightings of fauna and flora during their daily activities, such as when collecting water and firewood, herding livestock and walking to and from school.
- The first term (wet season) is all about vegetation types,
- Second term (dry season) is about birds and
- Third term (early wet season) covers insects and amphibians.
As the data are accumulated, the students are taught to carry out simple analysis and prepare reports for their schools, communities and project supporters.
DWT carry out further analysis and maintain an electronic database that logs natural resource trends across seasons and years. This information will be of use to local communities and will assist them with the management of their natural resources.
In conjunction with the Bulawayo Natural History Museum (www.naturalhistorymuseumzimbabwe.com) samples of invertebrates and other fauna and flora collected are identified and feedback given to the schools. The schools compile charts for the classrooms to show the species and frequency of encounters over the seasons.