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Circle of Life

Fara is a young bee with a dream. Journey with her and members of her hive as they grow up in the beautiful, lush green forests of India. A fascinating book about the life story of a honey bee and other members of her hive, living in the lush green forests of India. The book is written by Tanya Majmudar and Illustrated by Sushama Durve.


The Marathi translation of the book 'Jeevanachya Chakra' is by Siddharth Kelkar.



Shero to the Rescue 

Young Shero lives in Kachchh, a beautiful place in Gujarat, in the West of India. One day she sees some strange people near her home.What are they doing there? When she discovers their plans, she panics. She rallies together many other animals living in the grasslands, wetlands and deserts of Kachchh. What can they do to save their land, their homes? Read on to discover.....The story has been written by Ashish Kothari. Illustrated by Anusha Menon

The Gujarati translation of the book 'Shero e Bachavyu Kutch'has been done by Rupa Majmudar.



This section deals with environment education handbooks, resource kits, story books that teachers can avail of to impart environment awareness among their students. Some of the handbooks can also be adapted by the teachers depending on the ecosystem they live in.

Listed Below are a number of Toolkits that the team at Kalpavriksh have published. These toolkits are an excellent resource for teachers who wish to impart environment awareness among the students. Many of these can be adapted for use depending on the ecosystems where they live.

Secrets of the Jungle is an activity book for children, based on the forests of Central India. It is jointly published by Kalpavriksh and Last Wilderness Foundation. It is written by Tanya Majmudar and Sharmila Deo. Its hindi version Jungle ke Rahasya is translated into Hindi by Bhavna Menon and is available with Last Wilderness Foundation??

Ri Gyancha – A biodiversity resource kit for educators in Ladakh has been re-published. This is a revised edition. It was first published in 2010 (Click here to access the Brochure  and  Review).Copies are available at Kalpavriksh and at Snow Leopard Conservancy-India Trust, Leh.

The Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka, is one of South India's finest sanctuaries. Home to a host of wildlife including the tiger, the area is a vital link between the Western and Eastern Ghats. The Soliga tribals have lived in the forests of the Biligiri Rangaswamy (BR) Hills for centuries. Forests Alive! is an Environmental Handbook for teachers about BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnataka. This is also available in CD FormatClick here for more details.

"Vana Sanjeevana" is an environment education handbook produced by Kalpavriksh. It is a Kannada translation  of the handbook "Forests Alive!" It contains valuable information pertaining to the sanctuary and the wildlife within the Biligiri Rangaswamy Hills, Karnataka. Click here for more details.

Bhimashankar  ...................................

1.The Urban Concrete Jungle

Some of the typical urban problems include:

  • Overcrowding and lack of adequate living space.
  • Large number of vehicles, air and noise pollution, and road accidents.
  • Water scarcity.
  • Sewage and sanitation problems.
  • Garbage and waste management issues (including huge amounts of land being used as land-fills).
  • Flies, mosquitoes and diseases.
  • Migrant human populations living in slums in very poor living conditions.
  • Large number of homeless people living on the streets.
  • Factories, smoke, and pollution.
  • Sad plight of both domestic animals (like cows) and wild animals (like monkeys).

If this is done in a smaller town/rural area, ask he children to describe any city that they have visited. Which ones? What were the highlights of their visit? What things did they find attractive? If this activity is done with city children then they can describe their own city or any city other than their own city.

Divide the blackboard into 2 columns; one column for the good things of the city, the positives, the other column for the negative aspects. In the positive column, jot down the main/common points of the children’s responses.

Form groups and ask the children to study the poster of the urban concrete jungle closely. Tell them to try and list out the problems of the city in their notebooks. After 15 minutes get the different groups to read out their responses. Jot these down in the second column (the negative aspects of the city) on the blackboard. Towards the end of the class, revisit the issues in both columns, which show the two faces of the city. Ask children to suggest appropriate headings for these two columns

2. Mapping Skills

Narrate The Story:

Prashanth is a young, energetic doctor. He lives in Chamrajnagar in Karnataka. He often visits the forests of Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) wildlife sanctuary. He is very interested in wildlife and spends much of his free time watching and photographing the birds and mammals around. Often, he is accompanied by one of the young tribal boys who live in these forests and who know a lot about the area. The tribals here live in small settlements which are called podus in the language that they speak. Prashanth has many young friends in these podus.

This morning Prashanth wakes up early. He is excited. Basappa, one of his friends, is going to show him a giant squirrel’s nest. He plans to photograph the nest. “I hope the light is good for photography,” he says to himself, as he leaves for BRT on his bike. He has fixed up to meet Basappa at the bridge.

Before reaching the bridge, Prashanth passes by a shop and a silver oak plantation. At the bridge, Basappa climbs on to Prashanth’s bike and the two ride on. They drive up to a termite mound where Prashanth parks his bike. Then, they start walking and soon get off the tarred road onto a forest path. They walk for almost an hour before reaching a pond.

By the side of a pond are a clump of trees. Basappa points to one of them, and there amongst the leaves is a large nest with baby squirrels. Prashanth is delighted and clicks away! The giant squirrel prefers to live on top of large trees and does not come to the ground often. It jumps from tree to tree as it travels in the forest. So giant squirrels need stretches of forest land with trees so that it can look for its food. It is then important that the trees where they live are not cut.

Soon they set off towards the housing colony. They have been invited by a friend to eat ragi mudde for lunch. On the way they see a salt lick. A salt lick is a deposit of salt that is sometimes exposed on the ground. Many mammals come to such places to take a lick of the salt, which helps their bone and muscles grow. Prashanth noticed a large gaur at the salt lick. “What a lucky day for wildlife watching!” says Prashanth as they ride off to the colony.

Now Look At The Given Map And Answer The Following Questions:

  1. Trace the route that Prashanth takes up to the bridge with your finger.
  2. On the way to the bridge Prashanth sees a silver oak plantation. Find this on the map.
  3. Find out what else he passes by before reaching the bridge. Use the key or legend to help you.
  4. In what directions does Prashanth travel from the bridge to reach the termite mound?
  5. Trace the route they take to the spot where the giant squirrel nests.
  6. Trace the route they take from the nest to the salt lick where they see the gaur. In what directions do they travel to get there?
  7. What do Prashanth and Basappa see on their way to the colony?
  8. Use the grid system on the map, and fill in the grid location for the following: shop; bridge; salt lick; housing colony.
  9. Use the scale given on the map to find out the distance from:
    1. Prashanth's starting point up to the termite mound
    2. From the first bridge to the housing colony.

3. Paradise Tree

Show the class the “Paradise Tree” poster. Read out the text on it. Can the students recognise the flowers shown? Explain that this is an imaginary poster showing many species in one composite tree. Divide the children into groups. Let them now make their own Paradise Tree, drawing their favourite flowers on the tree. If there is anything special about the trees they are drawing, they could write the information alongside their pictures. Display the drawings of the children in class.

4. Fun with Phiya -


This section has interesting stories to read, and even shows how you can participate in helping our earth be a better place for everyone. The stories here are from all over India. They cover a vast range of topics. There are also activities for you to do. So what are you waiting for, start clicking to know more...

Kalpavriksh contributed a series of articles to the Hindu Young World  under the Good Earth Series. These articles highlight important environment and conservation issues from across India, from its cities as well as villages. They have been written by many people who have years of experience  working to conserve our environment.

The stories were published in The Hindu Young World (a supplement for children from the newspaper called The Hindu) from May 2003-April 2008 as part of the Media Campaign of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP)

  1. Living In Harmony - Ranjit Lal
  2. Mine Not Yours - Kanchi Kohli
  3. Save the Sangai - Salam Rajesh
  4. When Development Spells Trouble - Aarthi Sridhar
  5. Saving Biodiversity - Seema Bhatt
  6. Leh's Wonder Berry - Sujatha Padmanabham
  7. Who Will Save the Turtles? - Madhulika Goyal and Neema Phatak
  8. Garden Cure - Darshan Shankar
  9. My Zoo Friends and Others - Bahar Dutt
  10. Long Live Curcuma - Sunita Rao
  11. Make a Choice Now - Kanchi Kohli
  12. Our Troubling Toilets and Theirs! - Sujatha Padmanabhan
  13. They Never Came Back - Salam Rajesh
  14. Fishing in Troubled Waters - Aarthi Sridhar
  15. Tigers of Bandhavgarh - Sunita Rao
  16. Monsoon Magic - Ashish Kothari
  17. The Peacock's Last Dance - Lakshmy Raman
  18. When a Tree Falls - Bittu Sahgal
  19. Mercury in our Backyard - Meenakshi Subramaniam
  20. Save the Fruit - Nitin Rai
  21. Spirit of the High Ranges - Ghazala Shahbuddin
  22. Is Global Warming Real - Rajni Kumar
  23. Animals and Prosperity - Shalini Bhutani
  24. Tree, Most Majestic - Shantha Bhushan
  25. My City Delhi - Prabhakar Rao
  26. Ensure that the Feathered Creatures Live - Ghazala Shahbuddin
  27. Once in a Blue (Ja)Moon - Sunita Rao
  28. Celebrating the Koel - Manisha Sheth Gutman
  29. Children Take a Decision to Clean up Wetland - Ashish Kothari
  30. Find a Healthier Option with Organic Food - Ghazala Shahbuddin
  31. An Effort Well Rewarded - Sushil Kumar Kapta
  32. There's More to Crocodile Tears than Glands - Manish Sheth Gutman
  33. Lessons for Life - Kanchi Kohli
  34. Miracles Happen Everyday - Harshad Karandikar
  35. Sowing Seeds of Inspiration - Kanchi Kohli
  36. What A Waste - Manisha Gutman
  37. One with Nature in your New Home - Ashish Kothari
  38. One Night in the Jungle - Harshand Karandikar
  39. Living Without a Fridge - Ashish Kothari
  40. Changing A Way of Life - Manisha Gutman
  41. My Clothes are My Blanket - Bina Thomas
  42. Purulia's Tryst with Mixed Cropping - Meenakshi Kapoor
  43. Baby's Day Out - Harshad Karandikar
  44. Sanctuary for Plastic - Ashish Kothari
  45. There was a Fig Tree Here Once - Sujatha Padmanabhan
  46. Is There Wealth In Water Hyacinth - Manish Gutman
  47. Preserve The Tree of Life - Pasang Dorjee Lepcha
  48. Bidding Adieu To The King - Bina Thomas
  49. Think Before You Toss - Tasneem Balasinorwala
  50. Changing Course - Mashqura Fareedi

The NBSAaaanP’s tales were published by Chandamama during the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) of the Ministry of Environment and Forests whose technical coordination was done by Kalpavriksh.

  1. The Indian Cowboy's Dilemma  - Darshan Shankar
  2. The Colours Are Near Us -  V. Shruti Devi
  3. Catching Coral Thieves - Sujatha Padmanabhan
  4. Memories of that Day - Kanchi Kohli
  5. Home Again - Ashish Kothari
  6. Mini and the Sacred Grove - Dr. Bina Thomas
  7. Grow A Garden Grow A Community  - Sunita Rao
  8. Solving an Elephantine Problem -  Sujatha Padmanabhan
  9. Shantha's Vishu -  Roshni Kuthy & Malathy Mohan
  10. Dance, Deer Sangai - Konthoujam Khelchandra and Kanchi Kohli
  11. Smith…Go Back! - Kanchi Kohli
  12. My Bellure…Kokare Bellure  - Neema Pathak
  13. The Wonder Berry  - Seema Bhatt
  14. The Bird That Came in from the Night -  Bharath Bhushan
  15. Heat And Dust -  Dr. Bina Thomas
  16. The Heroes of Yuksam -  Manju Menon
  17. A Forest in their Backyard - Seema Bhatt
  18. The Fair Maiden of the Highlands - Salaam Rajesh
  19. The Young Guardians - Preethi Herman
  20. The Whale of Kagal Village - Sunita Rao
  21. Food For Thought…and a thought for your food -  Shalini Bhutani & Kanchi Kohli
  22. The Homecoming - Erica Taraporewala
  23. The Trip down the River -  Radha Kamath
  24. Little Kannagi and Longwood Shola - Shantha Bhushan
  25. The City Forest - Radha Kamath
  26. The King and I -  Sweta Sorab
  1. Calling Eco-Tourists - Madhulika Goyal
  2. A Home Away from Home - Sharmila Deo
  3. The Yuksam Dzongri Trail - Seema Bhatt
  4. In the Land of the Invisible Tiger - Ashish Kothari
  5. Trekking In the Wild - Sujatha Padmanabhan
  6. Water Water Everywhere, but...- Pankaj Sekhsaria
  7. Onto Rutland Island -  Pankaj Sekhsaria
  8. Pilgrimage to Nature - Manisha Seth-Gutman

Watch nature in your cities come to life with Urban Nature Watch by Sanjay Sondi, a nature series published by TerraGreen, TERI's monthly magazine. Sanjay scrawls a series of articles attempting to bring the sights and sounds of urban nature at your doorstep, well, to your doorstep.....

  1. The Dull World of Moths
  2. Wild Wonders of January
  3. Common Wanderer- The Intriguing Mimic
  4. Predator on the Prowl
  5. Beautiful Bugs and Beetles
  6. The Foxtail Orchid
  7. Mating of the Toad
  8. Pop Goes the Weasel
  9. Snakes - To Loathe or Not to Loathe
  10. The Captivating Coral Tree
  11. Close Encounter with the Wall Creeper
  12. The Antics of the Fanthroated Lizard
  13. From 'Cats' to Winged Fairies

Vasudha is a supplement on biodiversity brought out by Chandamama. It gives a glimpse into the rich variety of life in our country- plants, animals, micro-organisms, human life - and their habitats.

Vasudha was sponsored by the National Foundation of India and its content came from Kalpavriksh

Kalpavriksh brings to you a series titled 'Magic Garden'. The series is being contributed by various people across India, all of whom work in the field of conservation. They are lucky to have had special moments in nature... an encounter with a particular species, something extraordinary about a place that they have visited, the sudden surprises that nature has sprung on them. This is what they will describe in this series.

Doon Watch Series is a series of stories set in the hills of Dehra Dun and they bring to you all that is bright and beautiful, great and small.