Feb 092014

Next Batch of Eco Volunteer Training by Karnataka Forest Department


Update: The next batch is in May 2015 and is at Bhadra Tiger Reserve, you can read details here: Eco Volunteer Training Programme May 2015 batch

After I attended the first batch of Eco Volunteer Training at Bandipur, I wrote about the same at length on desi Traveler. Regularly I receive emails from readers about the next batch. So here are the details for the next batches  happening in February and March of 2014.

There are 2 batches commencing one on 23rd Feb 2014 and another on 2nd March 2014. The venue this time is Kulgi Nature Camp in the Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve,  the Kingdom of the King Cobra, the Great Hornbill and the Black Panther.  You have a choice of staying either in forest department rest-house for all-inclusive INR 7800 or you can stay at the Jungle Lodges Property for an all-inclusive 14500/-

The amount charged covers the following

  • Accommodation ( the type you chose for)
  • Food
  • Training material like handouts, leaflets, presentations etc.
  • Field trips to the interiors on foot or in a jeep depending on the terrain and need
  • Equipment that you will be given to use during the training like GPS, camera traps for demo (  you need to return all this )
  • The cost does not include travel from your place of residence to the training site

Once you are a certified Eco volunteer the forest department will invite you to participate in helping them on a need basis for activities like Tiger census, Elephant Census, bird census and other activities from time to time.

Eco volunteer training program Tiger Census

Eco Volunteer Training Program

Things to remember: This is not a tourist activity and don’t expect to get any special privileges just because you are a volunteer, you need to follow all the rules and regulations while in the protected forest.  There are a limited number of seats and you can book it online here:  Jungle lodges Eco Volunteer Training

You can read my earlier posts about the training in these posts below:

Click here for complete Series on Bandipur and Eco Volunteer

Over all if you are a serious about wildlife conservation this is a good program to not only learn a lot of things from the experts from Forest department and Jungle Lodges but also to interact with Forest officers and staff and understand the challenges they face at ground level.  Highly recommended for serious conservationists.  But you better hurry  up as there are only limited slots.

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  10 Responses to “Eco Volunteer Training at Kulgi Nature Camp”

Comments (10)
  1. Dear Sir,

    We will visiting bandipur forest in the month of October with family and want to stay at forest rest house but unable to book the accomodation as their website is not working so how can i book the same in advance..?

  2. Hi Prasad, Can you please tell me if there is any next batch of VTP? Where can I get the info regarding the same.

  3. when the next volunteer training programe starts?

  4. This sounds so exciting!

  5. Hi Prasad,

    this sounds really cool. is there any age limit on this? and would there be any risks involved during the training when you go out in the forest( i am not a forest enthusiast, but my brother really wants to go this and he is still 16).


  6. Interesting initiative.

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