The Sustainable Backpack Project (DNS) is a national priory initiated by the Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Climate and Environment to support Norwegian schools to implement Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The Directorate for Education and Training and The Norwegian Environment Agency are given the responsibility of implementing the Sustainable backpack in concert with the Norwegian Center for Science Education.
Our goal is to have a strong focus on children’s and youth’s understanding of the unique bird life at Lista. Another target for us is to get Lista Bird Observatory better known among the local community.
The Sustainable Backpack Project (DNS) is a national school initiative that will help to ensure children and teenagers learn about sustainable development and planet's environmental challenges.
The last two years Lista Bird Observatory has got the DNS grant which has let us carried a nature guidance with schools. The Observatory's nature supervisor has completed the project over the past two years in cooperation with the teachers from several local schools running different activities at the bird observatory, outdoors and in the classrooms.
The most important initiatives have been:
- Nature guiding to school groups at the bird station - Bird photo show to learn more about bird species identification and behaviour - Bird adoptions: every student "adopted" one ringed bird, getting the student closer to the birds and their reality - Collaboration with the Borhaug school project "Båro Naturligvis"
Båro Naturligvis is an annual project at Borhaug school where students immerse themselves in topics related to nature and history at Lista area. Lista Bird Observatory contributes as external collaboration giving the students a unique opportunity to come closer to the birds and wildlife at Lista area. Thanks to the employment of a nature guide and funds from DNS the bird station has been more prepared than ever to have a strong focus on children's nature education.
In 2015 our nature guide has collaborated with the 4th grade at Borhaug school working on the research of wildlife at the newly restored Slevdalsvann wetland. Since long ago that the school has been wishing to have an easier accessible freshwater locality for doing research during the science lessons and now they could use the new bird hide at Slevdalsvann as a "classroom". Different activities have been carried out in Slevdalsvann, such as trapping and ringing of birds and moth trapping which wouldn't have been possible for the school to carry without external resources.
All the results and lessons learned from the project will be presented to the other wetland centers and schools in Norway during November 2015.