21st -25th May 2024
@Kalinga Mane, Agumbe

For 14 to 17 year olds

An unique opportunity for your children to spend the summer in a rainforest.
They will get to explore the diverse life to understand the synergy that makes these forests thrive.

For five days, they will unravel the secrets of a rainforest with scientists.
  • Learn what makes a forest a rainforest
  • Explore how plants and animals evolved and adapted to this ecosystem
  • Understand what is biodiversity and why you need to protect it
  • Dive deep to know if climate change is real and what you can do about it
  • Learn techniques that scientists use to observe, study, and understand a rainforest
  • Engage in activities that model the science behind the workings of a rainforest
  • Learn how photography and science communication plays an important role
The days will be packed with activities
  • to explore the rainforest,
  • birding,
  • herping,
  • curated lab experiments,
  • reviewing documentaries,
  • interaction with researchers, and
  • loads of fun.
                                                                      Saving the rainforest starts with learning, understanding, and acting!
                                                                                                           Make it possible for your child.

Dr Gowri Shankar

Course Director

 Herpetologist, TEDx Speaker, TEDFellow 2020

Dr Gowri Shankar is a wildlife biologist working on king cobras for close to two decades.

He has been featured in several wildlife documentaries on channels like the BBC, Discovery, NatGeo Wild, Animal Planet, Smithsonian and National Geographic Channel.

He completed his PhD at North Orissa University and a former exchange student at Uppsala University, Sweden.

He was awarded the herpetologist of the year-2015 by the Swedish Herpetological Society.

Priyanka Swamy

PhD student, University of Mysore

Priyanka has diverse experience across ecological field and laboratory work. As part of the Phylogeography of king cobras project, she has travelled to king cobra habitats across the world and has experience with phylogenetic and population genetics tools to understand evolutionary and biogeography patterns and assist conservation prioritisation. She has also addressed questions related to diversity pattern, population structure and drivers of diversification of the Ranids of the Western Ghats and other herpetofauna.

An excellent environment educator, she has co-conducted a wide range of outreach programs for diverse audiences from school and college students, to forest officials, researchers, and enthusiasts.

She is now embarking on her PhD project on Malabar pit vipers which will mark the beginning of a topic long-awaited to be discovered.


Age: 14-17 years

Batch Size: 10


Dates: 21st to 25th May 2024

Venue:  Kalinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology, Agumbe



INCLUDES: Pickup drop to Bangalore with an escort. Bus travel(KSRTC).
Accommodation in tents                Food:  Veg/non-veg
Program charges, and
Education materials.
EXCLUDES: Personal expenses.

Participation certificate awarded on completing the course.


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