Madras Christian College is a home to a large number of trees, plants and animal population. The 300 plus acres of scrub jungle accommodates the Madras Christian College. To safe guard the greenery of this scrub jungle, a small group of students, calling themselves as ‘Green Freaks’ worked for the cause of the jungle. Later they formed a society with a group of 20 members, the ‘Scrub Society’, mainly to protect the forest cover of the campus. The society brought in cooperation and a working together atmosphere among the staff, students, campus residents both student and staff and also the alumni, to preserve the greenery.

For a very long time, the Scrub Society was functioning with the cooperation of only like-minded, environment-loving members, but later it was made a part of the Extension Activities, where the students have to be part of one of the three activities to gain ‘one credit’, the other being NSS & NCC.

Scrub Society organizes various events to initiate, motivate and encourage students in appreciating Environment. Some of the events are Campus Walk, Bird Watching, Tree Census, Tree Planting and Campus Cleaning. Students are invited in batches to participate in all of these activities. A few students, who are members of the other Extension Activities Unit, like the NSS, NCC and Navy also participate in the activities of the Scrub Society to learn about the campus.



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Major Events Organized:

  1. Bird Watching – Every year with the I year students

  2. Bird Count (Part of Great Backyard Bird Count Program) – Every year with a few bird enthusiasts (students) for the past four years – 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

  3. Tree Census – June, 2015

  4. Tree Count – June to September, 2015

  5. Ventilago Clearing

    1. Awareness campaign highlighting the damage caused by the woody climber, Ventilago was successfully completed in September, 2015

    2. Ventilago clearing was initiated with the members of Scrub Society in October, 2015

  6. Campus Cleaning - Every semester campus cleaning campaign is organized to instill a sense of ownership of the campus and the greenery.

  7. Tree Plantation

Trees were planted as part of afforestation drive Post-Vardah –  August, 2016

Lectures for students:

  1. Lecture on ‘Birds of the Campus’ by Mr. Mithra, Zoo Musicologist.

  2. Lecture on ‘Scrub of Life’ by Dr. Dayanandan, former Head of the Department of Botany

  3. Lecture on the ‘Decline of Indian Vultures’ – Mr. Brown, Vulture Conservationist

  4. Lecture on ‘Ventilago – the Woody Menace’ by Dr. Selva Singh Richard, Curator, MCC

  5. Lecture on ‘Wildlife in Campus’ by Dr. C. Livingstone, former Head of the Department of Botany

  6. Lecture on ‘Snake Helpline’ by Shravan, Snake Rescuer.