Satpura Beyond Tigers!

Apply for 'Be a Naturalist' Program at Satpura

“A Naturalist Program for Deeper Understanding of Satpura’s Diversity”
Organized by Satpura Tiger Reserve ,Madhya Pradesh.
Residential program for Four days (includes stay of Three nights and Four days)

Satpura tiger reserve

About Satpura

Satpura National Park is nurtured in the Satpura Range of Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. With inclusion of Pachmarhi & Bori Sanctuaries, Satpura Tiger Reserve covers 1427 Sq. Km. It was discovered by British Officer Captain J. Forsyth when he was in action against Indian freedom fighters during 1857. Captain Forsyth belonged to Bengal Cavalry Regiment and was in search of famous freedom fighter Tantya Tope. While following the information, he accidently reached the highlands of Central India and found the place suitable for military base to have better control over the region.

Central India region has two important mountain ranges i.e. Vindhyachal range and Satpura mountain range. Both the mountain ranges are important forest areas of Central India region offering shelter to large variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. These mountain ranges have untouched forest area though some tribal people have their presence who cut themselves from main stream of human society. The area of Satpura range forest is considered as the view point of archeology of human evolution as here we can find large number sites having rock-shelters and rock painting ranging from 1500 to 10000 years old. In these paintings we can find the images of Tigers, Deers, Lions, Elephants, Porcupines etc. It means in ancient time, Elephants and Lions were present in these forest areas. World famous Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, having status of UNESCO World Heritage Site, are also very close from Satpura national park.

How to Reach Satpura Reserve

In order to reach Satpura National Park, nearest airport is at Bhopal city which is just 200kms from the park. Bhopal Airport has connectivity with Delhi & Mumbai. Nearest railway stations for Satpura National Park are: Itarsi, Sohagpur, Pipariya & Hoshangabad. Their are three entrances for Satpura National Park. First is close to Pachmarhi hill station. Second and popular one is from Madhai Entrance gate which is about 100kms from Pachmarhi close to Sarangpur village. Madhai Entranct Gate is about 19kms inside from Pipariya-Hoshangabad road. Diversion for Madhai is close to Sohagpur town.

Satpura National Park can be reached by road from/via Bhopal (170kms) or Jabalpur (250kms).

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About Naturalist Training Program

Program Topics and Highlights:

  • Satpura’s geographical importance
  • The diversity and richness of habitat
  • Tourism beyond jeep safari
  • Tourism in the monsoons
  • Village relocation and its impact
  • Man-animal conflict
  • Community based conservation

Program Fee:
The Registration fee for the program is Rs 10,000/-. The fee covers the following:

  • Pick-up and drop from Itarsi railway station
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis with all meals
  • Jeep and walking safari in core and buffer
  • Camera trap installation and monitoring
  • Interaction with forest staff and experts
  • Study material, indoor and outdoor sessions
  • Certificate of participation

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The aim is to create awareness and understanding about Satpura 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 program 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 program is conducted by the forest department and a certificate is issued to the participants after successful completion of the course.

The camp is at Madhai for 4 days and 3 nights and includes group pick up from the nearest railway station Pipariya,Itarsi,sohagpur, stay on twin sharing basis in AC rooms, food and minimum 2 safaris to the jungle. On top of the fun, adventure and learning you might just get to see the critically endangered Species of Satpura Tiger Reserve.

The Distinguished Trainer

Mr.Ashish Shah is an environment educator from IndianWildlifeClub with around 30 years of experience in Centre for Science and Environment. He has also worked with NCF(Nature Conservation Foundation) and NCBS(National Centre for Biological Sciences). Currently he is the Director of Wild Ecologues and he conducts Wipro Earthian awards program for schools and colleges in the North and North East of India.

Dates of Program

17th June 2019 to 19th June 2019

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

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