Welcome to Wild Class. Welcome to Laikipia!

Goal

To make Laikipia a premiere, sustainable conservation education learning destination for organised Kenyan primary and secondary schools.

Purpose

To provide Laikipia conservancies with services that support the development of conservation education as a sustainable enterprise and viable land use. Moreover, the WILD CLASS program should become a financially viable and sustainable model for area schools to enjoy the same class of conservation education programs.

LWF has been the major conservation education player in the Laikipia landscape for over 15 years. Laikipia’s schools and pupils have benefitted from learning excursions supported by donors during this time. The model was highly valued, but not sustainable.

LWF and Jacaranda Africa have embarked on an initiative to turn Conservation Education in Laikipia into a sustainable, income generating activity, and land use for ranches and conservancies.

Laikipia Association of Conservation Educators (LACE)

While Wild Class is the brand that will accompany our Conservation Education enterprise efforts, LACE is the mechanism by which Conservation Education is delivered through a unified approach, throughout the Laikipia landscape, that benefits all conservancies and advances conservation through education for behavior change.

Through WILD CLASS, the Association pursues a model that includes services needed to develop conservation education as an enterprise. The dimensions of these services include:

  • Sales and Marketing
  • Conservation Program Development
  • Business Planning
  • Capacity Building among Conservation Education Staff
  • Financing
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

This conservation education effort is designed to accomplish three objectives:

  • Encourage development of Conservation Education as a profitable income generating activity for Laikipia conservancies.
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of conservation education as a land use in Laikipia.
  • Subsidise the offering of Conservation Education to local schools in Laikipia.

To advance Laikipia as a conservation education learning destination, Jacaranda Africa and LWF have developed a sustainable Conservation Education strategy; thus pushing the limits on what has always been a heavily subsidised program in Laikipia. We are joined by these 10 Conservation Education learning destinations in Laikipia to develop the concept of “WILD CLASS”.

  1. Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  2. Ol Jogi Conservancy
  3. Segera Conservancy
  4. Laikipia Nature Conservancy
  5. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  6. Loisaba Conservancy
  7. Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
  8. William Holden Conservatiom Centre
  9. Ol Lentille Trust/Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs
  10. Mt. Kenya Trust
  • WILD CLASS is a collective effort of 10 wildlife conservation education destinations in Laikipia.
  • Each WILD CLASS destination offers the potential to develop into a world-class facility offering progressive conservation education learning to Kenya’s middle-class youth.
  • WILD CLASS offers Laikipia conservancies an additional income generating activity.
  • Each WILD CLASS visitor provides the potential to sponsor a similar visit by a pupil from an area school.
  • Each WILD CLASS destination features a special or unique offering about nature, land use, and conservation management in Laikipia. These features have been captured on film as part of our WILD CLASS development and promotion.

Please contact the Executive Director and find out how you can be apart of this initiative.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science or “crowd” science is all about growing the role of public participation in scientific research. It is the next important step in demystifying scientific research, engaging people in the process of scientific investigations, and pulling them into asking questions, collecting data and its interpretation, and sharing the results.

Laikipia, and the greater Ewaso landscape, have embarked on a mission to be Kenya’s very own Citizen Science destination. We want residents and visitors alike to share in the science of discovery and to engage with us in asking questions that will focus our future efforts, both for scientific investigation and management of these key, unique territories and their resources. The essence of Citizen Science is that volunteers collect and share data (information) that can be analysed by scientists and citizen participants.

This information then becomes rich material for public feedback, wider public information sharing, lobbying, advocacy, funding and the development of new projects. In essence, we’re increasingly talking about the “democratization” of science, scientific funding, and the use of scientific results.

The Great Grevy’s Rally was the first important step in this process. This scientifically supervised engagement of the public yielded the first, complete (or near complete) census of the endangered Grevy Zebra in Kenya. It has since informed discussions and scientific research for the conservation and rehabilitation of Grevy’s Zebras. In addition, and as a direct result, the event brought economic, tourism and PR benefits to the participating counties of Laikipia, Meru, Samburu and Isiolo that can be placed in the millions of shillings. Other Citizen Science events that LWF has seen come into fruition is the Great Twiga Tally, where over 70 school children participated in the counting of giraffes within Laikipia at Mpala and Ol Jogi Conservancies, in an attempt to create profiles for each individual.

The “citizen science” approach to learning is one way that Laikipia Wildlife Forum aims to promote Laikipia as a safe and fun learning environment for students and their families. In keeping with its Wild Class program for conservation education, LWF believes that Laikipia is a perfect ‘natural classroom’ because of its high concentration of species as well as its unique local communities committed to conserving them.

For more information

Executive Director

Tel: +254 726 500260

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