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WATER CONSERVATION including GREY WATER REUSE
The Auja Center gives courses and lectures on a variety of water conservation methods, including the benefits of grey water reuse. The Course gives an overview of what is greywater, methods of collection, its water saving potential, environmental benefits, health and economic considerations, and different technologies including constructed wetlands.
ECOLOGY, POLITICS AND LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Environmental education is not just for kids. Friends of the Earth runs lectures and field trips that explore different aspects of the valley’s ecology, politics, and landscape.
Check our website for upcoming events, or get in touch with us to enquire about any of the following activities. We’ll be happy to arrange a visit for your family or group.
The Jordan River Valley is home to an astonishing variety of birds, as well as being one of the world’s great migratory routes for birds flying between Africa and Asia. More than 470 separate species of bird have been recorded here, and something like 500 million birds cross the migratory corridor each year. The best time to witness these migrations is between March 10th and April 20th.
Our bird watching courses include weeklong programs led by expert ornithologists, as well as shorter one-day trips focusing on raptors, wetland species, or migratory birds. The Fashkah wetland nature reserve, near the Dead Sea, is a particularly good place to watch for rare species of eagle.
MEDICINAL PLANTS AND HERBS OF THE VALLEY
The people of Auja have preserved a knowledge of medicinal plants and herbal lore that has been handed down for thousands of years. Join us for a guided walk through the wild plants of the Jordan Valley.
This exploration of how the political situation affects the environment includes a one or two day journey through the valley (see the ‘Journeys’ program), as well as special lectures on the degradation and rehabilitation of the Jordan River Valley.
An introduction to grey-water recycling, solar cookers, composting, dry toilets, and traditional mud-brick construction. These talks can be pitched at any level – from a general introduction to a technical training course for specialists.
Learn how to make traditional Palestinian food with women from Auja. We use seasonal and local ingredients, many of them from our gardens, and focus on the kind of dishes that are made by families at home.
Contact us to arrange a workshop for your group or family.