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Mommy and baby NO DUMMy

 WE WANT KIDS TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE OUTDOORS

We want to encourage parents to help kids fall in love with nature through direct experiences. They just need to notice what’s around them, even if they live in a city. Too often these days, we walk right past amazing natural events. It could be a butterfly on a branch, a crab on a beach, it could be a beautiful evening sky. It turns out just taking a kid for a walk around the block … or to a beach…can be a powerful experience.
When it comes to the natural world, love and wonder should go hand in hand and if we want our children to connect with it, they need to have the chance to be captivated by it.

How then will our children care about the natural world let alone live sustainably and take care of if they don’t spend any time outside? Tech also doesn’t have to be the enemy. Instead, use it as a tool to enhance their awe,

Inside the Eco Marine Tent, we want kids to “get outside” and let them connect deeply. It is one of the greatest gifts we can ever give them, and we promise you, they will have a lot of fun along the way.

 spekboom Whale

Collect your cutting of the wonder plant - Spekboom - and help to ensure greener tourism for ourselves and our whales

The humble Spekboom has carbon-offsetting properties and can sequester more than 4 tons of carbon dioxide per year per hectare planted, making it more effective than the Amazon rain forest at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The Hermanus Whale Festival is pledging support to a greener environment by endorsing this SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association) and South African Tourism (SA Tourism) carbon offsetting initiative to create awareness about the need to reduce the tourism industry’s carbon footprint.

To create awareness about the Spekboom initiative, Botsoc and SANBI will hand out a 1000 cuttings of this indigenous succulent to Eco-Marine Tent visitors in an effort to create awareness of the part we all have to play in the reducing of carbon emissions.

The Spekboom initiative is an indication of the Hermanus Whale Festival’s commitment to ensure a sustainable tourism industry.

We hope this initiative will plant the seed on how South African tourism businesses can get practically involved in their own carbon-offset programmes.

Read more about this initiative here: 

 Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit

Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit

You can join their whale community today and symbolically adopt a whale in support of the research and conservation of South Africa´s southern right whales! Hermanus Whale Festival adopted Wendy The Whale. Read more…

APSS - African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

APSS - African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

Learn more about the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary in Kleinbaai.
Visit Hope, our proudly South African Penguin Postbox and make a Penguin Promise to help save the planet! Join us in doing whatever we can to halt the decline of the African penguin and to ensure that all marine life faces a brighter future.

BotSoc ( Hermanus Botanical Society)

BotSoc ( Hermanus Botanical Society)

The plants of the Hermanus coast are very different from those on the mountain slopes above. And the plants you find along the Cliff Path, from the New Harbour to Grotto Beach, vary as the coastline changes. . How do they manage to survive under very challenging conditions?
Come and visit the HBS table in the Marine Village. There you will be able to see, hold and examine many different plants in your hands. With the help of magnifying glasses, you can look closely at their amazing structure. And hands-on mini experiments will reveal many clues which will help to uncover the puzzle of life on the edge.

Clean & Green Plea of the Hermanus Whale Festival

Clean & Green Plea of the Hermanus Whale Festival

We’ve embarked upon major campaigns during the Hermanus Whale Festival to change the way ocean wildlife is treated. We have formed partnerships with organisations working for the good of our planet.

DAFF

DAFF

The DAFF Fisheries exhibition will hone in on the following to ensure that the public is well informed about the services rendered by DAFF:

• Protection of South Africa’s marine resources (Colourful and exciting ornamental exhibition display of recreational bait and shellfish collection)
• Food tasting - Promoting Fish as Food and as a rich affordable protein addressing food security in South Africa.
• Promoting Aquaculture development in South Africa in alignment with government’s mandate of ‘OPERATION PHAKISA’
• A firm favourite - A touch pool with live marine and fish species/animals
• Information brochures about :
• Mini posters on how to farm various fish species such as oysters, mussels, kob, etc. (as part of the developments in aquaculture)
• Anti-Poaching (Monitoring, Surveillance and Compliance)
• Information about the Small-Scale Fisheries sector
• Career awareness – Promoting bursary and career opportunities in the department
• Fish recipe booklets
• A host of information paraphernalia as hand-outs to the public.
• A Kiddies corner engaging the young ones with colour-in competitions and face painting activities which include prizes for the winners!

DICT - Dyer Island Conservation Trust

DICT - Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust operates largely due to the support of three Fair Trade and Tourism labelled companies, Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Cruises and International Marine Volunteers. Join us to learn more about the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary and other conservation and research projects that are made possible as a result. Learn interesting facts about whale behaviour, how to match ID photographs of great white sharks and southern right whales and learn about our artificial penguin nest and fishing line bin projects.

Panthera Africa

Panthera Africa

Panthera Africa

Panthera Africa is a sanctuary for 23 big cats, including lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs and caracals. Their educational visits are aimed to create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible. They are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. We are a blueprint of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient and can provide a safe haven where big cats will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives. Visit them inside the Eco Marine Tent and also find out more about their popular volunteer program for those who would like to make a difference.

SANBI - Harold Porter Botanical Garden

SANBI - Harold Porter Botanical Garden

Harold Porter Botanical Garden had won South Africa’s 35th gold medal in 41 years at exhibiting at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. They will re-created this display in the centre of the marine tent dividing Above & Below.The plants from the garden, located as it is within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, are unique. This is a place of such natural beauty and complex floral diversity to be recognised as perhaps the world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot. Set between mountain and sea, The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is a little piece of paradise within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Steep mountain slopes covered in fynbos, forested gorges, wetlands, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach, each ecosystem with its own specially adapted plants including Ericas, Proteas and Restios
The SANBI stand is one of the “must-see” attractions ..

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