WWF Kids Clubs visited protected areas of Altai within the ecological trip supported by “Jubileynoe” brand
Kids started from Gorno-Altaisk and headed along the Chuiskiy road to the border with Mongolia. They visited Teletskoe lake and ancient burial mounds of Pazyryk and Bashadar, saw petroglyphs of Kalbak-Tash and Karakol Valley, took a bath in cold Altyn-Kol and warm Aya lake. Besides they visited Altaiskiy Nature Reserve, nature parks Aya, Uch-Enmek, Ak-Cholushpa, Ukok and Chui-Oozy.
The main goal of the trip was to study flora and fauna of Mountain Altai, to see local protected areas and to help them in their activities. Kids knew a lot about rare snow leopard and argali included in IUCN, helped to pick up the garbage on protected lands, planted new trees, developed ecological paths, placed informational banners. Every kid made his own discovery during the trip – one saw for the first time the Teletskoe lake, another never saw a camel before.
In the end of the trip WWF Kids Clubs made a lot of new proposals for nature conservation, for example they offered to create an “Alley of new-born” in Kosh-Agach district of Altai Republic – birth rate there is quite high but there are few trees. If every family plant a tree in honor of their baby, soon there will be a whole forest! Kids also developed and described their ideal “WWF Friends protected area” and made a 3D model of it.
The main conclusion of the trip made by the kids is that it’s necessary to teach not only children but also adults how to behave oneself in the wild – on the coast of the river or lake, in the forest, in mountains. And WWF Kids Clubs promised to involve adults in their further nature conservation activities.