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Raising Awareness * teacher * Reserves * Ajloun Forest Reserve

 Environmental Education Programs

The education program in Ajloun was developed to highlight the importance of forest protection, since forests do not exceed 1% of Jordan’s entire land area. Students are encouraged to study, question, and investigate within the reserve’s vibrant greenery, roaming throughout the forest as researchers.

The program highlights Ajloun as a model of one of the richest forests in Jordan, representing stretches of healthy evergreen oak. The program details the threats faced by the forest, and the importance of the forest naturally renewing itself. These concepts are eventually tied in with the necessity for having reserves, nature conservation, and monitoring programs within the reserves.

Students are introduced to the monitoring mechanism of forest renewal. Within a given plot, students are responsible for measuring biodiversity, monitoring tree renewal, determining dominant plants, classifying flowers and plant, and recognizing bird species by sound. Having been announced an Important Bird Area, the birdhide in Ajloun provides students with the perfect opportunity to watch birds and learn about their classification.

A Forest Educational Kit has also been developed to implement soil tests, which allows students to simulate actual experimentation done in the field by researchers. These experiments include soil fertility tests, physical soil texture tests, and chemical soil tests, soil color classification, soil temperature and pH.

Ajloun Forest Reserve is also the site of RSCNs captive breeding programs for Roe deer. Students are taught about this threatened species and conservation efforts to increase their numbers and conserve their habitats.