Poland’s education system focuses on teaching the sciences in an abstract manner; students may successfully memorize large amounts of information, but it is a theoretical learning experience. Rather than stimulating a love for the subject, this method promotes boredom and lethargy among school-age children and also leads to frustration and indifference among educators. It might be said, with a wry note, that this problem is of more than academic interest: it contributes to the generally low interest in the environment in the society at large (though many Poles are habitual hikers and there is a cadre of environmental activists) and particularly in protection of endangered species. Poland is faced with a variety of ecological/environmental problems including declining forest cover and declining water table levels, due mainly to the poor quality of conservation efforts and industrial management. As a result, significant numbers of indigenous animals are now in danger of extinction, particularly many of the small reptiles found in Poland. As water levels continue to decrease and forest cover declines, many of these animals are finding it increasingly difficult to locate suitable breeding grounds to lay their eggs or raise their young. Moreover, once hatched the young are faced with a variety of obstacles during the early and critical stages in their development–such as surviving on heavily cultivated and processed farm land and crossing heavily traveled roadways to reach water sources.