A sapling that is nurtured will grow into a tall, strong tree. A child who is nurtured and inspired to love Israel and care for the environment will become a dedicated, motivated citizen with a strong sense of identity. The KKL-JNF Youth and Education Division invests in the next generation so they can invest in Israel’s future.
Nature is crucial to our survival. For over a century, KKL-JNF has invested in strengthening the connection between humans and their environment in Israel through a wide variety of youth and community educational activities.
Our Field and Forest Education Centers, situated in forests and nature preserves, offer youth the chance to immerse themselves in nature’s beauty through hikes, educational programs, and a variety of interactive activities that emphasize national, natural, environmental, and historic values.
Our mobile learning units traverse the country from north to south to bring educational activities to schools, community centers, youth movements, and recreational areas throughout Israel. The activities, all led by KKL-JNF guides, combine games, kits, and materials for fun learning indoors and outdoors.
We also run innovative informal education programs for youth in peripheral areas that involve educators, students, families, and entire communities. Other programs include enrichment education units on topics related to the environment such as forests, water, land, and heritage, and seminars and conferences for educators from Israel and around the world, which impart valuable resources for teaching Zionist, social, and environmental values.
The programs include KKL-JNF Heritage Centers—unique buildings with state-of-the-art technology that serve as inviting, “second home” afterschool venues for teens in peripheral communities. The programs promote academic achievement and creative discovery, reducing the achievement gap between central Israel and the periphery. They also answer an urgent need for scholastic enrichment aided by state-of-the art technology in tandem with Zionist and environmental awareness and values.
30,000 annual visitors to Field and Forest Education Centers
20,000 participants in informal education programs in 40 communities
3,200 schools host enrichment activities
1,200 children with special needs participate in activities
5 heritage centers
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