Join the Naturalist Program

Apply for 'Be a Naturalist' Program at Shahanur

Organized by Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
Residential program for Five days (includes stay of four nights and five days)

Melghat tiger reserve

The Registration fees for the Course is Rs 11400/-. The fee covers the following:

  • Pick up and Drop from Akola
  • Stay in Jungle Eco-huts on twin sharing basis
  • Delicious local food
  • Four thrilling jungle safaris
  • Trap wild animals in camera
  • Enjoy tribal dance
  • Conservation study material
  • Trekking in core area and bird watching
  • Interaction with experts and front line staff
  • Certificate of participation

Naturalists at lunch
Naturalists getting briefed by expert

Melghat provides a unique opportunity for the hardcore wildlife and nature enthusiast to spend few days in the forests. The camp will include stay, food and guidance in many aspects by various experts and is different from a simple tourist visit.

Melghat is the 4th largest tiger reserve in the country in terms of area and the 1st tiger reserve of the state of Maharashtra. Unlike others, Melghat has a few unique offerings for the people who care for the nature and wildlife.

Be A Naturalist is one such programme. The aim is to create awareness and understanding about some core wildlife issues including management and administration of a park which is a tiger reserve. The participants get the opportunity to directly interact with experts and top officials and learn by doing what regular forest staff does or is done only by select few from the outside world.

The programme offers field work and in house sessions mixed with fun and adventure like camera trapping, learning sign surveys, intricacies of patrolling, mapping, first aid along with the wild side which includes safaris and treks in the tiger land.

The programme is conducted by the forest department and a certificate is issued to the participants after successful completion of the course.

The camp is at Shahnur (Base camp of Narnala fort) of 4 days and 3 nights duration and includes group pick up from the nearest railway station Akola, stay on twin sharing basis in air cooled rooms, food and minimum 3 safaris to the jungle. On top of the fun, adventure and learnings you might just get to see the critically endangered and returned from extinction, the Forest Owlet which is found in certain parts of the Melghat Tiger Reserve.

Naturalists in classroom
Naturalists learning about camera traps
Naturalists trekking

Dates of Program

  1. FirstBatch: 17th to 21st April 2019
  2. Second Batch: 26th to 30th April 2019
  3. Third Batch: 10th to 14th May 2019

For queries regarding the program, please contact susan_sharma@hotmail.com or call at +91-9810027546.

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