The PICC Project is scheduled to launch its first 2-week session in 2020 in Masoala NP, Madagascar.

Our goal is to educate Malagasy students in lemur biology, behavior and conservation issues through photography, illustration and storytelling, improving knowledge and inspiring appreciation of the ecological, cultural, and economic value to their communities when protecting lemurs and their habitats.

If you are interested in the pedagogical details of this project, please see Pedagogy (email your request for the password to view this page).

How it Works

We aim to provide Malagasy students, teachers and community leaders with the information they need to implement lemur conservation approaches in their daily lives.

Using activity books, workshops and field photography students will learn to develop scientifically accurate stories and illustrations and will be encouraged to develop unique lemur conservation ideas and contribute to their communities using their new skills. A village-wide gathering at the completion of the project will celebrate student work and recognize participants as “Forest Ambassadors”.

They will have permanent access to an internet connected iPad located in their village, along with technical assistance from local IT staff. Under development is a webpage that will provide students with ideas for how to continue developing their communication skills and how to use those skills in creating a career in tourism, conservation and community leadership.

Program Components

School Days

Give students the knowledge they need to be successful taking their own photographs, and basic writing and illustration skills that will be further developed during week 2 of the program.

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School Days

Activity

Students will spend the first week in a classroom setting with all of the PICC team instructors to learn lemur biology and conservation, and skills in photography, writing and illustration.

Select teachers and community leaders will join the students in the classroom to gain an understanding of what the students are learning and have the ability to share the knowledge with other adults and students

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Goal

The goal is to give students the knowledge they need to be successful taking their own photographs, and basic writing and illustration skills that will be further developed during week 2 of the program.

Walking with the Lemurs

Excite and engage the students by exploring the forest and photographing the lemurs, learning the importance of protecting the lemurs and their habitat.

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Walking with the Lemurs

Activity

Students will spend a full day observing and photographing well-habituated populations of ring-tailed lemurs and Verreaux’s sifaka.

Conservation experts will be with the students to point out unique behaviors and habitat features that help the students learn about the connection between an animal and its home.

While in the field, the students will also be taught to make detailed observational notes to accompany their photographs, adding an important skill to their repertoire.

Goal

The goal is to excite and engage the students by getting to know the lemurs and understanding the importance of protecting the lemurs and their habitat.

Telling their Story

Teach the students effective communication skills which can be further developed and used for careers in tourism, conservation and leadership in their communities.

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Once Upon a Time

Activity

Students will work in the classroom with PICC team members to develop stories with scientifically accurate illustrations and text.

Goal

The goal is to teach the students skills regarding effective communication methods which can be further developed and used for careers in tourism, conservation and leadership in their communities.

Sharing with the Community

Create “Forest Ambassadors” who proudly share their images, experiences and knowledge with their parents and community.

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Sharing with the Community

Activity

A village-wide gathering will be held at the completion of the program, introducing the community and other students to the photographs, illustrations and stories that the PICC students have produced.

The PICC students will be named “Lemur Ambassadors” and receive a certificate of completion.

Goal

The goal is for these new Lemur Ambassadors to proudly share their images, experiences and knowledge with their parents and community, extending the teaching benefits and, in the process, developing strong allies for the animals within the community.

Sharing the Passion 

Raise awareness among tourists and raise funds for effective conservation in the area.

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Sharing the Love

Activity

After the project completion, students will have the opportunity to raise conservation funds through sales of their Lemur Conservation book to tourists, and raise awareness through the distribution of a free multilingual poster showcasing their photos and stories.

Goal

The goal is to raise awareness among tourists and raise funds for effective conservation in the area.

Lights, Camera Action!

To reach a broader audience outside of the local community and inspire others to become involved in lemur conservation, PICC will make a documentary film about the project.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Activity

An internationally experienced filmmaker has agreed to join the PICC team and develop a 15-minute film about the project, engaging the audience with the beauty and fascinating behaviors of the lemurs.

As well as highlighting the conservation issues faced by lemurs and Malagasy communities and showing the benefits to the community of lemur conservation, the film will include a list of opportunities where viewers can become engaged with conservation projects that directly benefit lemurs and their habitats.

 

Goal

The goal is to reach a broader audience outside of the local community and inspire them to become involved in any way they can.

Internet Connections

Provide sustained learning opportunities in lemur conservation, research, communication methods, and career opportunities.

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Internet Connections

Activity

An internet-connected computer will be maintained in a central location for teachers and students to sustain learning. The PICC website and social media sites will provide a moderated platform for teachers and students to post drawings, creative stories, and access learning resources.

A local Malagasy IT specialist will be hired to maintain the computer and assist students and teachers access the resources.

Goal

The goal is to provide sustained learning opportunities in lemur conservation, research, communication methods, and career opportunities. Everyone will have access to available resources to find conservation methods that they can incorporate into their daily lives.