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and learning towards sustainable

development. The project also includes

the development of climate change

educational materials, and the

establishment of an innovative

‘sustainability commons’ in each country.

This will demonstrate and showcase the

use and application of a range of

sustainability technologies, and allow

people to try out these low-carbon

technologies for themselves.

Our environmental education centres

We operate three environmental

education centres in KwaZulu-Natal,

providing unique and diverse

educational experiences in an outdoor

classroom environment. Environmental

awareness, leadership, human capacity

development and outdoor adventure

programmes are implemented by

professional and experienced staff in

three distinctive natural environments,

encouraging practical studies of

ecology in a variety of coastal and

inland habitats:

Umgeni Valley

is located in our 907

hectare Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve

in the Umgeni River valley below the

famous Howick Falls in the KwaZulu-Natal

Midlands. Established in 1976, Umgeni

Valley has grown to be one of the

largest non-governmental environmental

education projects in South Africa, with

3 500 - 4 500 students participating in

courses each year.


is the oldest

environmental education centre in

South Africa, established in 1952. It is

situated in a magnificent rehabilitated

dune forest near Mtunzini on the

KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and offers

kilometres of pristine, uninhabited

sandy shores and the warm waters of

the Indian Ocean. Twinstreams attracts

4 000 visitors every year.

Treasure Beach

has been operating

since 1985 in an area of rich ecological

importance on Durban’s Bluff.

Protected mangrove swamps, a fresh

water vlei, rocky shores and dune

forests provide an ideal location for the

study of inshore marine ecosystems.

Treasure Beach receives approximately

5 000 visitors each year.

Each centre offers well-maintained

accommodation and dining facilities,

and is ideally positioned to enable

urban and rural schools to make the

most of these unique venues.

In addition to providing innovative

and flexible education programmes for

school groups and disadvantaged

communities, tailor-made courses are

also offered to suit the specific needs of

educators. The three centres are also

ideal training venues for our accredited

and non-accredited environmental

courses and they are popular

accommodation venues, providing a

base for exploring onsite and local

tourist attractions.