Project Description


The “Escola Vai à Mata” Program develops sensitizing experiences and continuous processes of critical Environmental Education, in order to contribute to a positive transformation in the relations of people with the environment in which they live in.

The pedagogical processes occur in a Legal Reserve area belonging to the companies Centroflora Group, GNutra and Partnerships for a Better World, with a total of 9.63 ha of forest, which represent well the phytophysiognomy of Botucatu composed of Cerrado and Atlantic Forest (Seasonal Semideciduous Forest). Besides from this space, the Program also operates directly in the communities served.

Currently, the “A Escola Vai à Mata” Program serves age groups starting from 4 years of age, including adults and the elderly. In order for the public to be fully served, there is a team capable of working in the most diverse spheres of social and environmental issues.

When hosting schools and universities, we seek an alignment of the activities of the Program with the contents developed in the classroom, in a way that the experiences become a tool that contributes actively to the work done by the teachers. Subjects such as fauna, flora, waste, ecology, climate change and others are developed with the groups through planned dynamics and experiences.

There is a wide variety of pedagogical spaces to provide unforgettable experiences to the public. These are: Organic Vegetable Garden, Medicinal Garden, Industrial Composter, Forest Stage, Nursey, two trails in the woods (Tangara and Cipo) and Environmental Education Sector of the “Centrofauna” Program, where it is possible to observe some species of birds and become sensitized about traffic of fauna, illegal captivity of bird and animal cruelty.

The Program also has a history of service to some groups through continuous Environmental Education processes:

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The Jequitibá Project was created in 2016 with a group of elderly women who were punctually attended to by our actions, in partnership with the Assistance Reference Center (CRAS). As in all the actions of the Floravida Institute, a Participatory Diagnosis was carried out and it was found that there were no projects in the city of Botucatu that address the socio-environmental theme with the Elderly and, from there, we started to plan and survey the topics of interest to be worked. It was decided that we would have a monthly meeting addressing the themes of Plant Management, Phytoprepared Workshop, Problems of Self-medication and Food Security. The project, which until then was considered a pilot, was carried out throughout the year and was a successful approval both by the institutions involved and by students and educators. In 2017 due to the repercussion of the project and the public’s interest in participating, we decided expand service and execute the project on a continuous basis, considering that this strengthening ties and developing activities would generate more impact. With this greater involvement of the team in the planning and execution of activities, we managed to establish fundamental partnerships for the advancement of the project, such as the CRAS, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences-UNESP, Faculty of Medicines-UNESP, and Instituto de Biosciences-UNESP. Betting on the trajectory and positive impacts generated so far, the team of the Floravida Institute decided in 2017 to submit the Project to apply for the notice of the Banco do Brasil Foundation 2018, and despite the hundreds of applications we managed to be approved. This was a huge achievement for us, as we managed to make fundamental improvements for the execution of the project, in addition to hiring a pedagogical coordination. In 2018, the project had another achievement when it was approved by the Duratex 2019 notice, enabling its continuity and expansion, increasing the number of people served and expanding the territories of operation within the municipality. The pedagogical team systematized the project in the form of an experience report and has presented at several scientific dissemination events and also at the 2019 International Conference on Environmental Education and Sustainability, which has provided both the wide dissemination of the project, the constant review and improvement of our actions and networking with other environmental education initiatives. Currently we work weekly with three groups of elderly people, totaling 60 attended, where we develop an educational process linked to the promotion of health, social inclusion, well-being and socialization of the Elderly.


Get to know this beautiful project, schedule a visit through the contacts below:

Stéfano Fais Demattê Gomes – Mobile:  +55 (19) 99624-2310 –  E-mail:

Aline Praxedes Mesquita – Mobile: +55 (11) 99237-6634 – E-mail:

Office: (14) 3811-3520 extension 2802″