A key focus of STCB is public education. Each year, STCB organizes a minimum of 24 public presentations. Our goal is to educate the general public about endangered sea turtles and their habitats. An essential part of endangered species conservation is simply to help people to understand the species and their importance, not only to their habitat, but to our lives as well. Additionally, we provide presentations for school groups, and bi-lingual presentations upon request.
In 2011 Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) led a pilot project using sea turtle topics to motivate students in Dutch language teaching. STCB partnered with the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) and Scholen Gemeenschap Bonaire (SGB) staff. The project used a Dutch language teacher handbook and student workbook to introduce science-based lessons on Caribbean sea turtles. This project was a big success and the positive response of students to the pilot class convinced SGB teachers and administrators to extend the project to include as many Dutch language classes as possible. DCNA provided essential funding for the project as well as technical assistance that included consultation, graphic design and printing of the full-color, large-format books. One of the outcomes is this educational sea turtle book for students.
We encourage teachers to make use of these materials, which you can download here (NL), and incorporate sea turtles and marine biology into their curriculum standards. We hope that these fun lesson plans will help children relate to sea turtles and apply basic principles of conservation to their daily lives.
STCB is also happy to accommodate groups with a minimum of 10 attendees for bespoke presentations or tours. Reservation is required and a donation may be requested. To book a group presentation/activity, or for more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craft Workshop for Kids
STCB organizes several craft workshops for the young people of Bonaire each year. Children receive a presentation in Papiamentu, Dutch or English. After the presentation, and after STCB answers many questions from the youngsters, we offer a creative workshop where children can custom paint wooden turtle templates. These wooden figures are donated by a dedicated STCB volunteer.