Developing Self-Guided Trails
Resource Development – Self-guided trails
Graham, B. (1998) Environmental Education in Botanic Gardens Training Course, Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden, South Africa
Using self guided trails
What is a trail?
-it involves a journey, sometimes the route is prescribed
-often uses a map
-at set points questions/ tasks / information are provided
Why use trails?
-stimulating, good fun
-self-directed, therefore no staff required
-working as small groups (less congestion of people in one place at one time)
-encourages people to use less used areas of the garden
What makes a good trail?
-clear and appropriate map
-simple route that can be easily followed
-ways of indicating to people they are in the correct location e.g. signs, photographs
-questions/tasks which can be carried out without support form staff
-flexibility in use
-a sense of fun (e.g. use of certificates, quizzes)
What needs to be considered when using trails?
-time taken to complete trail
-level of difficulty
-access for people with disabilities
-organisation / supervision of school group safety