Day and Date: Saturday, 15th April, 2023
S.Y. B. Ed students visited Maharashtra nature park on 16th April, 2023 as a part of an activity from the elective course 3(EC3) – Environmental Education. This visit was organised to provide hands-on experience with environmental studies. At Maharashtra Nature Park the students got to know about ecological system and various medicinal and aromatic plants along with their source, phytoconstituents and medicinal properties.
Maharashtra Nature Park is a beautiful green space located in the heart of Mumbai, India. It was built on a landfill site in 1994 and covers an area of 37 acres. The park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a popular destination for nature lovers, bird watchers, and photographers.
The park is presently involved in number of activities related to Nature Conservation and Environmental Education. The park has following sections to explain the various aspects of nature education. Butterfly garden, Nakshatra van, Rain water harvesting, Wooded area section, Nursery section, Medicinal plan section, palm section, fruit tree section, vermi-composting section and Aromatic and spices section.
Students visited a butterfly garden, an aviary and a nursery that showcased a range of exotic and indigenous plant species. They also visited all the sections of the park such as vermicomposting section, nursery section, medicinal plant section, etc
The park is a refreshing site for the locals and is maintained very well. It also is a good picnic spot in the city and often organises educational school visits. The library, art gallery and amphitheater make a perfect environment for the students. The greenhouse and small agriculture experiments are great add-ons. It is a quick getaway for residents of the city to take a pause in their fast-running busy life.
Overall, the visit to Maharashtra Nature Park provided students an experience of Mumbai’s natural beauty and learning more about the city’s rich biodiversity and also to create awareness in the ecology and conservation of nature.