Princess Vlei young champions
Princess Vlei is a place where us as people communicate with each other; where we feel free and come alive when we reach Princess Vlei. Princess Vlei is our second nature and a place where people can come to when we feeling lonely and sad. This place connects us when we feel disconnected.
- Nuhaa Roberts, Steenberg Primary
The local youth have always been at the forefront of the campaign to save Princess Vlei, and continue to be our greatest champions. They have shown themselves to be wiser than some of our civic leaders, and to have the vision of why protecting a space like Princess Vlei is so important for the youth of today and tomorrow.
The youth have been involved in an active program to conserve and rehabilitate Princess Vlei, and have been planting on and cleaning up the vlei for close to ten years. The Vlei provides a place to build friendships, to play, to grow strong and to develop a love and understanding of living things.
Recent projects involving our young champions include:
Planting fynbos and clean-ups
Over the years, school learners have planted hundreds of trees and fynbos plants Princess Vlei. Last year, over four hundred Dune Strandveld and Cape Flats Wetlands plants were planted by five schools. The learners came back for follow-up visits to monitor how the plants were doing. We plan to make this an annual project. Read more here
The Flight of Dreams project.
For the past five years, we have been working closely with the Peter Clarke Art Centre (formerly Frank Joubert) and a number of other organisations on a joint art project to learn about and celebrate the birds at Princess Vlei. The program includes interactive workshops on key bird species, drama workshops, workshops on puppet making, and a street parade and performance. Last year we also included a workshop for teachers on creating wetland food chain mobiles, and an art exhibition. Read more here.
The Check Point Chase Orienteering event has become a regular feature on our program, and offers a great family outing. In the future, we hope to start a canoe and/sailing club for youth in the area, as well as hosting regular cross country races.
Our programs are open to any interested primary and high school learners. If your school or youth club would like to get involved, please email us.
Artworks created by local children inspired by the rich bird life at Princess Vlei were on display in the Grassy Park Library. Read more...
Flight of Dreams Parade
Picnickers at Princess Vlei may have been startled by the sight of nine giant birds and a giant praying mantis on Heritage day... Read more...
A bird in the hand
Over the past few weeks, learners at schools near Princess Vlei have been getting to know birds a bit better.... Read more ...
Getting up close to nature
In June this year, 130 learners from five schools descended on the Vlei to plant 475 indigenous plants at Princess Vlei (read more here). In August and September, these learners will be returning from to the vlei to check on their garden. Read more ...
Nature Champions plant at Princess VleiI
120 learners from five different schools came together to clean litter, clear aliens, and plant 475 plants. The plants are all part of the Cape Flats Dune Strandveld system and Cape Lowland Freshwater system, and are indigenous to Princess Vlei. Read more ...