Education & Outreach

Through the story of the leopard and predators children of all ages are taught about the necessity for biodiversity and habitat conservation, the ethical treatment of wildlife and ultimately how to live sustainably with nature. We visit schools from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and deep into the Karoo. Our presentation is interactive and fun while still covering serious topics like the threats to biodiversity and how our day to day lives influence the earth.

We give special attention to making the children feel they can help and give them practical ways to do this, from spending time in nature, to food gardens at schools, waste management and even undertaking research themselves. From Gr 0 to 12 the education portfolio is adapted to the age and background of the learners.


From Aug 2009 to June 2015 the program has:

  • Reached over 10000 students
  • Visited 78 schools (many of which are rural schools)
  • Annual visits with 3 tertiary institutions

We also run special programs:

  • Camps and Hikes
  • Students Leopard Project Research
  • Art for Conservation Competition & Creativity Workshops
  • “Poppekas” (puppet play)
  • Race for Leopards

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We visit schools from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and deep into the Karoo. Speaking in both English and Afrikaans the program reaches children from 5 years to 18 years. We also gladly do talks for tertiary institutions and public interest groups. Educational visits are done free of charge.

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Education & Outreach

Establishing New Landmark Green Clubs

We have been able to initiate new “Green Club” projects at two additional schools this year. Since it is important to have full co-operation from the school and importantly a passionate teacher to maintain driving it, Green Clubs have not been part of most schools’ extra mural efforts and therefore the clubs will need support for at least two years before it becomes part of the schools’ ethos and structure. We have initiated this at the two schools this year at THEMBALETHU HIGH in George and VAN WYKSDORP PRIMARY in the western Cape. We work closely in partnership with Cape Nature and the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) on these.

THENAS (Thembalethu High Environmental Nature Stewards)

This Green Club was established within a large school in Thembalethu, an informal settlement in George, Western Cape. This is a particularly challenging club as environmental education is far removed from their day to day experience. We have worked hard to instill dedication and consistency to develop this initiative. The learners attend club activities every Tuesday after school, they have shown enthusiasm for the outdoors and are committed to having a positive impact on their environment. The learners have shown great responsibility and elected a president, vice president and secretary for the club.

Their activities have included:

  • Three-day School Holiday Program with Waste Management during the April Holidays
  • Arbor week planting activity
  • Oceans day clean up
  • Beautification of school grounds
  • Formation of Green Club Committee
  • Visit to the SPCA
  • Three-day school Holiday Program July Holidays – Fynbos and biodiversity
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Mandela Day school garden project

The Green Butterflies

This Green Club is a remote, rural school in Van Wyksdorp, Western Cape, a farming community situated near the town of Ladysmith. We work with grade 6 and 7’s. Our activities have included:

  • Two-day holiday camp July holidays – Waste Management
  • Mandela Day – School Garden clean up
  • Oceans Clean up Days
  • Arbor Day planting event
  • Establishment of Botanical Garden at school
  • Establishment of Food Garden at school
  • Implementing re-cycling system at school
  • Day visit to Stillbaai to study early man and marine life
  • Open meeting with parents and community

Kos and Fynbos – a community initiative

Kos and Fynbos is a food security project amongst marginalized communities within the Eden district There are 10 areas in George where the project is implemented and each one has an area coordinator. These coordinators teach their community how to make “NO DIG” food gardens. Landmark works closely with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in guiding this education process. The other organizations involved that assist in facilitating training, seed distribution and hands on workshops include George Municipality, Department of Agriculture, The Links Fancourt, WESSA Eden, Garden Route Botanical Garden, South Cape Herbarium, and individual persons. There is no exchange of money and there are no bank accounts. The only needs are: seed, manure, wet and dry grass, newspaper and cardboard. The project is in third year.


TSiBA is a business administration college for disadvantaged students. This is our second year of contributing to the Sustainability Department. Our program will become part of the TSiBA curriculum within the next year. Our activities include training learners in initiating and maintaining Green Clubs as part of social responsibility actions in business administration. The students here are trained to go into the communities or workplaces to set up these Green Clubs and environmental groups. We did a number of programs that included leadership skills, entrepreneurship, formation of a green club committee and sample activities to be initiated within the clubs.


Glenwood House School Environmental Programme

We continue to work with Glenwood House, now having reached its 13th year of environmental awareness through the Green Club that is well established and very active. They have a Leopard Project that focuses on Landmark Foundations Leopard and Predator program. We run various conservation programs with them throughout the year.

Our activities have included:

  • Leopard camera set up
  • Earth Hour awareness concert
  • Arbor week planting initiative
  • Numerous hikes with focus on IAP and indigenous forests
  • Spekboom planting event
  • Waste management program implementation
  • Leopard awareness presentations
  • Racing for Leopards event
  • Leopard conservation program

Oakdale Agricultural School

We have also secured a strong partnership with Oakdale Agricultural School where we run a 3-day conservation camp with them during September. This is our fifth year and the program focuses on the Grade 10’s life sciences which include biodiversity, soil and land management, plant diversity, sustainable development and eco-tourism. Some of these components of life sciences are expanded on in grade 11. With these scholars becoming future farmers, we are excited to have gone through a full high-school generation and look forward to a long relationship with this school.


New Horizons for Education Outreaches in 2016

Heatherhill College in Knysna is a home schooling system following the Cambridge Curriculum. They have environmental studies as a subject. Landmark Foundation is developing a curriculum with them for next year. The structure is quite different and they do not have extra mural activities built into their daily structure. They are keen to be part of a conservation group and we will work together on environmental events such as the activities listed for other green clubs above.


We were also approached by iALA, International Academy for Leadership through Adventure. This is a one-year course aimed at bridging the gap from high school to varsity. It is based in Stillbaai but travels across South Africa with the students teaching them skills, empowering them with practical knowledge and through the travel experiences, new values are instilled. They are environmentally conscious and a great deal of the program is about conserving the natural environment. We have been asked to be part of their program with our leopard work. We will structure this in more detail next year.

April 21st, 2016|Categories: Education|0 Comments

Student Leopard Projects

School students have been doing amazing work monitoring survey cameras for the foundation. They go out monthly into the field with activities learning about biodiversity and its conservation. A major focus of the project is that students learn about the full cycle of doing conservation. As well as learning the facts through research and spending time outdoors they need to be able to communicate what it is they are doing and why. They create information boards at school, have written articles for the Wessa Enviro Kids Magazine and have been actively teaching other students at schools. Fund raising is the third element, students raise money to pay for the film and batteries giving them an opportunity to experience the responsibility of making their project sustainable. Many schools have done amazing work and taken it a step further to help in the conservation of leopards. Woodridge Primary, outside Port Elizabeth, the Grade 7 Eco club sponsored their teachers “Racing for Leopards” shirt at the TransBaviaans Race, and Glenwood is planning a big gala event dedicated to the leopards.

This project is about getting students “out there”, letting them do real work that helps the bigger picture and teaching them real skills. These projects have given eco-activities some status at these schools and the “cool factor” that instill desirability at the schools.

Glenwood Student Leopard Project

Glenwood started working with Landmark Foundation at the end of 2009. The students and teacher body has been passionate about helping leopards since the start. These students got the first picture of wilderness female’s cub on one of the cameras they were monitoring. Brian, head of the eco-club, spent his job shadow with us and is looking forward to going to study Nature Conservation to carry on with essential environmental work. This year Glenwood is organizing an annual fund raiser, a gala event for the leopards and they have made leopards their official environmental commitment on their epic 540km Karoo Challenge.

Woodridge Student Leopard Project 2010

The Woodridge team have shown commitment and innovation. They developed a notice board first, and the primary school debating team chose predator issues as the topic for their big debate where students and parents go way for a night out to Kariega Game Reserve. We have been camera-trap monitoring in the van Staden’s River Valley since March 2010 getting some wonderful pictures of the local wildlife and exposing the children to excellent bush experiences. The high school have also started a survey site, and we look forward to finding the elusive leopards reported in this important corridor to the coast.

February 9th, 2015|Categories: Education|0 Comments

Art for Conservation

The theme for 2010 was People and Predators Living Together. Students from 6 years to 16 years made beautiful works from schools far and wide. The energy and love was overwhelming. All students are welcome to enter – even from overseas – just send us a photo of your art work with your name, age and contact details!

February 9th, 2015|Categories: Education|0 Comments