6-Day Nature & Adventure Programme Outdoor Camping for School students
India’s leading institution for outdoor education, Hanifl Centre is located at an altitude of 7000 ft, is ideally placed to provide a facility through which students and visiting faculty can learn about the Himalaya, develop their skills and knowledge in outdoor and environmental education.
The Centre strives to make the best use of its unique location by providing a variety of educational and environmentally conscious programmes through treks, service projects, organic farming, language classes, etc. The Centre also contributes to the sustainable development of the region by engendering an appreciation and understanding of the Himalayan environment in future leaders from around the world.
This is a more intensive introduction to being in the outdoors and includes sessions on LNT principles, ropes, knots, tent pitching, staying warm & dry, camp cleanliness, exposure to organic farming, and indoor climbing in Woodstock’s gymnasium, compass-based games, longer treks and a cleanup drive. In addition, there are classroom sessions on the geography of the western Himalaya, introduction to flora-fauna, environmental issues affecting this area and films on wildlife conservation.
Course Duration: 6 Days at Hanifl Centre & Woodstock School Campus
Participant Limit: Min 15 - Max 30
Hanifl Centre is a very well designed campus that offers a safe and healthy learning environment. In addition it provides home comfort for upto 40 students and teachers. The campus has security 24×7 with access to Woodstock School’s Health Centre, ambulance service and nearby Landour Community Hospital.
Some of the outdoor learning experiences for students include:
- Creating awareness of Himalayan Biodiversity.
- Recognizing flora and fauna of this area.
- Learning about the people and culture.
- Learning about mountain agriculture and its challenges.
- Appreciating the beauty of the Himalaya.
- Importance of its conservation, with hands-on work at the Jabarkhet Nature Reserve.
- Learning outdoor living skills.
- Learning climbing skills.
- Teamwork and team building exercises.
- Climate change and its challenges.
- Design and perform labs that could be graded (for IB schools).
- Utilize Jabarkhet Nature Reserve as part of the school Group 4 project (for IB schools).
PROGRAMME & SCHEDULE:
Module Length: 6 Days
Day 1 - Arrival & welcome at Hanifl Centre; introduction to outdoor living skills; introduction to local geography; camp activities.
DAY 2 - Introduction to flora-fauna, nature walks, organic farming and discussions on conservation.
Day 3 - Indoor climbing and service project.
Day 4 - Day hike with village visit and talk on agriculture.
Day 5 - Indoor climbing and service project
Day 6 - Reflection and programme evaluation.
- Areas around Hanifl Centre & Woodstock School, Mussoorie
- Jabarkhet Nature Reserve, Mussoorie
- Forests & Villages near Landour, Mussoorie
Hanifl Centre for Outdoor Education and Environmental Study is an outreach of Woodstock School - Celebrating over 165 years in the Himalaya. Since its inception, Hanifl Centre has attracted institutions from India and around the world for environmental education and outdoor learning experiences in the Himalaya.
Packing List Ideal for Courses at Hanifl Centre
Mentioned below are the inclusions of the course, along with a broad list of basic items we recommend all participants should carry. You can always create your own packing list based on your personal needs and medical requirements.
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Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions regarding our courses. If you have not found an answer to your query below, please feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q1 - Are all meals taken care of?
Ans - All meals starting with dinner a night before the course starts till lunch on the day the course ends will be taken care of. There will be tea/biscuits in the morning and afternoon on all class days, while at Hanifl Centre. For the trek, participants will carry their rations with them provided by Hanifl Centre.
Q2 - Where will we stay?
Ans - All participants will be housed in the Hanifl Centre dormitory. We have 32 beds (8 bedded/4 bedded units) with one side dedicated to each gender (male/female). Each side has separate bathroom facilities. There is an attic/loft on each side that can be accessed by participants if needed. There is a connecting door that can be locked between the 2 sections. Accommodation will be in tents while on the trek (3 Person/4 Person tents).
Q3 - Are there charging points for electrical appliances?
Ans - There are 1-2 charging points in each room, depending on the layout (4 bedded/8 bedded). We can provide 2 extension cords, one for each section for participants to charge their devices.On the trek, we recommend participants to only carry basic electronic appliances as options for charging will not be available in the field.
Q4 - Is there laundry facility in Hanifl Centre?
Ans - We do not have laundry facility at Hanifl Centre. We have a school dhobi who can do your laundry. He will come and collect the clothes from the Hanifl Centre and will bring it back to on a set date. Payments are to be made directly to the Dhobi. We will share the price list of the Dhobi with you. Participants can get their own washing powder/bars and do laundry by themselves in the dormitory. There are a few clothes lines at the attic and we can provide drying stands if needed.
Q5 - How is the mobile connectivity?
Ans - There is very limited mobile coverage in Hanifl Centre. However, there are certain spots where you can get network, we will show them when you are in campus.
Q6 - In which language is the course taught in?
Ans - The course is taught in English.
Q7 - How to reach Hanifl Centre?
Ans - By Bus: Dehradun is well connected with all major cities by road. There are AC, Non-AC and Volvo services available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, New Delhi. The journey from New Delhi to Dehradun is about 6-7 hours. From Dehradun, one can take another bus/shared taxi to Picture Palace, Mussoorie. Hanifl Centre is about 4-5 kms from there. Local taxi from Picture Palace to Hanifl Centre would cost about INR 350 (Note: There is a second bus stop/taxi stand at Library, Mussoorie. Please do not go there as it is much farther away from the Hanifl Centre). Alternate- You can also take a taxi from Dehradun to Hanifl Centre. Approximate cost could be anywhere between INR 1500-1900. By Train: Dehradun also has a railway station and is well connected with major cities. Please check https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search to learn about trains from nearest station. By Flight: There are daily flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Delhi is well connected with other major cities. We are 3 hours away from the Jolly Grant Airport.
Q8 - Is alcohol consumption/smoking allowed?
Ans - Hanifl Centre is an extension of Woodstock School. We adhere to school policies and do not allow consumption of alcohol or other substances in the premises.
Q9 - Is there a safe available?
Ans - We recommend participants not to bring valuables or overtly expensive items. However, there is a small safe available in the office for keeping cash and other small valuable items. Before the hike, participants can keep their valuables in the safe if required.