Online Courses for Beginners

 Learn about bugs, birds,botany, Kitchen gardening and gardening for wildlife virtually! Learn real facts, enjoy experiential learning, get outdoors on your self-guided field trips and get mentored online!  


These courses are designed for non-science professionals, so anybody with inclination towards nature could sign up.


We use an online platform as our course management software, registered participants could access these courses through an access code.

Gardening for Wildlife!

Introduction

As the cities are expanding and getting smarter, the natural spaces are shrinking and becoming fewer, we urban denizens could yet create spaces for wildlife to thrive into our small and big gardens. Interestingly metros and cities of India still host a wide range of wildlife that has mastered the art of living with us. 

We therefore designed the first online course in India on Gardening for Wildlife. The aim of the course is to provide ideas and tools on establishing gardens for wildlife especially bees, butterflies and birds.

Course Structure

Course Duration: 3 months

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos

Activities offered: Online assignments (6), Google Hangouts with Faculty (6), Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3) and Final exam (1). Audit/Credit options are available for learners. In case you find completing the assignments difficult you may choose to audit the course and we will provide you the certificate for the same. Credit means you will get grades based on your assignments and same will reflect in your certificates

Course Fees: Rs.6500/- per head

Course Benefits

  • Learn about specific plants (indigenous/exotic/hybrid/wild) that attracts wildlife.
  • Learn about wildlife that is adapted to city life & understand the importance of habitats.
  • Get equipped to deal with unwanted wildlife.
  • Develop handcraft skills in recycling household items.
  • Learn techniques of habitat monitoring and be a citizen scientist.

Where this learning could be applied? One could create such habitats in school backyard, college campus, public parks, institutional and company premises.

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Bugs for Beginners!

Introduction

Insects are the most abundant animals on earth. More than one million different types of insects have been identified. They live in just about every habitat and climate on earth. They have lived on earth for more than 300 million years. If you take the time to observe them carefully, you will find them very interesting. 

Some insects eat our crops or food in storage; others can bite or sting us, our livestock, or our pets. A few insects spread diseases. Some eat our clothing and other household furnishings, and some even eat the wood in our homes. Certain insects are helpful to us by producing products we can use (for example, honey), by pollinating our crops, or by attacking pest insects.

Course Structure

Course Topics Include:

· Insect World · Insect Groups · Insect Adaptation · Insect Homes

· Insect Family Life  · Insect Study

Course Duration:  3 months

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos

Activities offered: Online assignments (6), Google Hangouts with Faculty (6), Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3) and Final exam (1).

Course Fee:  Rs.6500/- per head

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Botany for Beginners!

Introduction

Did you know there are plants which never flower? There are plants which never grow leaves? Plants that are tenants? That you could hear a heartbeat of a tree.  Many more such trivias about the plant world will get unfolded in our unique course-Botany for Beginners.  

This is India’s first online course on Botany. It is purely meant for amateurs. It is 100% virtual course with real time field assignments. It’s a flexible course where all assignments are due during weekends. It is a well planned course where the learner could plan their personal calendar three months in advance! It is a graded course and offered on Moodle platform.

Course Structure

 Course Topics Include:

· Introduction to Plant Diversity  · Introduction to Plant World  · Plant Families and identification tips  · Adaptation in plants  · Pollination Biology  · Threatened plants of India  · Plant Education (Plant study modules (garden, forest, wetland), Citizen Science, Plant programmes in the country

Course Duration: 3 months

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos

Activities offered: Online assignments (6, Online Quiz (3), Google Hangouts with Experts and assignment review​ (9), Local Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3), and Final exam (1)

Course Fees: Rs.6500/- per head
 

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Birds for Beginners!

Introduction

India is home to the largest number of bird species in the world. We are blessed with more than 1300 species. Owing to the popularity of birds and bird watching around us we are happy to launch a short term online course on Birds for Beginners. Eminent ornithologists will be involved as experts for chats, field visits and study modules. It is a graded course and you will receive a Certificate after successful completion of the course.
As the name suggests, the course is suitable for amateur nature enthusiasts such as students, teachers and families. If birds excite you and you do not have any science background, this course might help you fuel your passion.

Course Structure

Course Topics Include:

· Introduction to Birds  · Bird Body and Adaptation  · Bird Groups (Bird families, forest birds, grassland birds and waders)  · Bird Architecture  · Bird Breeding Biology ( Bird calls, egg to fledging journey)  · Bird conservation (Migration, Threatened birds, Conservation Projects)

Course Duration:  3 months

Hours of study: 5-6 hours/week 

Study Resources: 6 chapters with videos
Activities offered: Online assignments (6), Online Quiz (3), Google Hangouts with Experts (6), Local Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3) and Final exam (1).
Course Fee: Rs.6500/- per head

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Kitchen Gardening for Beginners

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners

Growing your own food is relishing nature’s bounties within your home environment. 

If you are lucky enough to live in an apartment/bungalow with a yard or patio, you may be able to grow a garden in part of the space. Interestingly, garden growing in the city is not as hard as it sounds. Ironically it doesn’t require a lot of space. You can easily have a container garden on your balcony or window sill. You might be surprised what you can grow in a container from vegetables, herbs, salad dressings to fruits. Your gardening efforts will most likely yield more fresh produce than you can handle. 

We will provide you virtual mentorship in establishing a kitchen garden at your place. The coursework will ensure that by end of the course we leave you with a functional and sustainable garden created just by you.

Course Structure

Course Topics include:  

1. Essentials of Gardening    2. Building Garden Foundation             

 3. Selection of Plants    4. Plantation Techniques   5. Garden Care
6. Garden Education

Course Duration:  3 months

Study resources: Six chapters with videos

Course work: Online assignments (6), Google Hangouts with Faculty (6), Self Guided Field Visits (3), Project work (1), Hands on activities (3), Final exam (1)

Course Fee: 6500/- per head

Course Outcomes

· Learn the science of gardening

· Understand the food production cycle i.e. Cradle to Grave

· Establish a functional garden

· Engage family and friends in gardening activity

· Implement no food wastage policy in the family

· Increase green cover, control local temperatures and ease air and sound pollution

· More importantly gardening has therapeutic effect on grownups and excellent hobby for children

· You will be surprised to see how one small garden turn into a delight corner for entire family

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