Every two years Maasai men and women gather in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro for the Maasai Olympics. This unique conservation program is a sporting event featuring bouts of athletic endurance, skill, and strategy all with a clear goal in mind…the conservation of lions.
Student Conservation Camps
Sustainable conservation is inextricably linked to the communities living among wildlife and protected lands. Without community-supported initiatives, and a focus on the future, lasting conservation legacies are not possible.
The Solar Mamas initiative empowers local women in Botswana to improve their economic prospects while providing a much-needed service to their communities through solar-powered electrical systems.
Engaging communities in the conservation dialogue can take many forms but creating meaningful and memorable experiences around conservation is what leaves a lasting impact.
Great Plains Earth Academy
The Great Plains Earth Academy is building upon the important relationships Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation have developed to engage local young people and adults in northern Botswana in a variety of programs that provide supplemental education, vocational skills, and scholarships.
Great Plains has a strong focus on education in vulnerable rural communities bordering wildlife areas. To ensure education continues with progress there are a variety of projects from eyesight clinics, teacher salaries, school meal support and more.
Great Plains is building bridges, in partnership with Bridging the Gap Africa, Kenya to provide a safe crossing of dangerous rivers for communities to have access to schools, clinics, the market and more.