Life Sciences Students attend Biodiversity Careers Open Day at Kirstenbosch

On Friday the 15 March a selection of Life Sciences learners from Grades 10-12, and the Student head of Enviro Club, Amalia De Abreu, attended the Biodiversity Careers Open Day at Kirstenbosch. All of the girls who were chosen had expressed an interest in studying within this field, which includes botany, marine biology, conservation ecology, environmental management or similar areas of study.

The budding ecologists had a fun-filled and eventful day, and  were taken on a behind the scenes tour of our beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Their highlights were visiting the herbarium, laboratories and the greenhouse. They were exposed to various experts that deal with and preserve biodiversity in their respective fields, from conservationists, horticulturists, experts using GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  and taxonomists to molecular scientists and many more. Exhibitions from the Two Oceans Aquarium, University of the Western Cape and the Iziko Museums were also featured.

The girls drove away from Kirstenbosch with a wealth of knowledge about the great variety of potential careers available to them within this sector, and hopefully having discovered their dream occupation!