A Walk in the Woods and Clean Up On Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated across the globe on April 22. Its mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and mobilise people to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.
To celebrate Earth Day, Sanctuary will be organising a wonderful, nature-filled family day at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The day will begin with a short trek through the beautiful forest past culminating with a shramdhaan within the park.
In the heart of metropolitan Mumbai exists one of the most unique forests in the world, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). At just over 103 sq. km in size, this city forest could fit New York’s Central Park 30 times over within its boundaries. There are more butterfly species (150) in this 103 sq. km. wilderness than exist in all of the United Kingdom! There are 40 species of mammals including free-ranging leopards, 296 bird species, 1,000 plus flowering plant species and a 2,000-year-old cave system located inside this park. This is the teak-dominated, moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forest that we want you to visit with us. Ten minutes from the entrance gate you will not even believe you are in Mumbai!
Unfortunately, the beauty of this park as well as its biodiversity is threatened due to the reckless throwing of garbage, especially plastics by the visitors that visit the park in throngs. The number of picnickers visiting the park every week runs into more than 4,000 and these irresponsible visitors generate almost two tonnes of garbage that is picked up by the forest department every Monday.
When: 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Where: Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP)
How: Register with Valmi Shah Shirodkar (
) or Mallika Narvekar (
) by e-mail or by calling 022-23016850 before 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016. Please mention your name and the number of people in your group in your e-mail. Registration is mandatory for this event.
What: After paying your entrance fees (Rs. 44/person) and vehicle fee (Rs. 150) at the ticket counter, meet the Sanctuary group on the left, just inside the park (near the park map). Once inside, you will be required to pay the Nature Information Centre (Forest Department) fees (Rs. 200/person) after which there will be no other payment required. There may not be reliable cellphone coverage once we’re inside the park, so we urge everyone to be on time. If you miss the group, it will be tough to find us. Once everyone has assembled, we will make our way to the Upper Kanheri Trail where the trail will begin. The trail will last for approximately two hours, after which the participants will walk back to the Kanheri parking lot, helping to clear all the plastic on way.
Note: Transport facilities are unavailable within the park. Each group is advised to make arrangements for their private vehicles. We suggest subscribers pool cars to reach the SGNP gate and accommodate others as they move ahead to the Kanheri base from where the trail will begin.
Attire and what to carry: Please wear earth-coloured (green, brown, grey) comfortable and loose clothes. Bring a cap/hat and wear trekking/sports shoes. Carry a small backpack with at least one litre of water, fruit juices, snacks, sanitiser and hand wash.