Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata, as well as Estância Mimosa, has created a pedagogical project called Environmental Studies - a program specifically for school groups that covers ecotourism as a tool for environmental education, adding notions of conservation biology and focusing on environmental actions.
The program consists of giving students the principles of environmental conservation through the activities of tours and lectures, dealing with issues such as waste recycling, designs and practices adopted by companies and information about the Cerrado ecosystem.
Below are some of the subjects that can be explored during the study tour at Recanto Ecológico Rio da Prata:
- Riparian forests and their importance to the rivers;
- The Cerrado, compared with other Brazilian ecosystems;
- Aquatic fauna (fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates) and terrestrial fauna (amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, invertebrates);
- Aquatic vegetation, its relationship with the wildlife, and its importance to the river;
- Process of limestone sedimentation and the reasons behind the unique transparency of the water;
- Differences between a spring and a river of greater size;
- Rapids, and their importance in the oxygenation of the rivers;
- Managing garbage and recycling;
- The planting of native seedlings, and the production of food on the farm;
- Ecotourism as an alternative for sustainable development;
- Environmental concerns in regional context.
It is an opportunity to see in practice what is learned in the field of biology, geography, geology and ecology, in a different and fun way. The school can choose among the topics mentioned below, to best fit educational purposes:
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- Environmental and conservational efforts of the tourist attraction;
- What is a RPPN (Private Reserve of Natural Heritage) and how does it benefits nature;
- The Cerrado Ecosystem;
- The Watershed of the Rio da Prata (with video);
- Major endangered species in the Bodoquena Plateau;
- Ecotourism as a form of environmental education.