A Fun-tastic Day with the Kids- Im A Junior Naturalist TOO

I’m a Junior Naturalist Too!

The fun of being a naturalist is learning all you can about the natural world! We believe that Nature Education is the key foundation for children to learn about their nature surrounding, appreciate wildlife & plants, and understand the importance of conserving & protecting our tropical nature environment.

“I’m a Junior Naturalist” is a 1-day outdoor programme happening in the Tropical Spice Garden. The first Junior Naturalist was conducted on Dec 2014, which lots of joys of laughter, photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.703244633027272.1073741875.158661167485624&type=3

This year, “I’m a Junior Naturalist TOO!” on the 21st March 2015, was a success! Special thanks to the facilitators – Joleen, Jocelyn, Paul & Ms Hor (volunteer) for making the event a memorable one for the kids and us! Hereby we summarise the activities from that day.

Started off in the morning with a briefing & ice-breaking game session. Guess what we played? The fun Garden Musical Chair Game!


Briefing session with the little ones


Playing games by the water garden gave the children a fresh nature environment to warm up. Everyone was having a great time through self-introduction & grouping session. Not forget to mention the “Koel” bird call! *inside joke*

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Who didn’t get to sit will need to introduce themselves!


The first naturalist activity of the day was the Nature Explorer! The 3 groups were ordered to complete a 4-mission task which required them to observe & record the spices & herbs along the spice terraces, search for the coins hidden around trees, teaching foreign guests to read Malay paragraph, and a nature scavenger game!

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Memorising the names of the spices and come back to write it down


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Angeline in action

After the fun Nature Explorer, we had a quick snack time then headed up to the secondary forest behind the Beverages of the World terrace. The children were told to stay close with each other, to respect the forest by not plucking any plants unless we permit so, and many more.


Into the woods


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The ferns are as tall as them. Adventurous!


The kids learnt about some secondary forest plants, such as the Resam fern, Club Moss, Tiup-tiup tree, Red barked Tree and many more. We also spent some quality at the water catchment area up on the hill, looking at the natural water flow system, and observing Nepenthes Pitcher plants. Regardless the complaints on how tough were the trails and the annoying tall bushy ferns, we enjoyed each other’s accompany so much that the kids learnt the way of teamwork in forest.

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The boys leading the way


After lunch we had the most enthralling activity of the day – The Naturalist Quest. Kids were required to venture around the garden, observe and record the nature observation around them. All of them were truly naturalists as they make use of the “nature tables”, weren’t mind to get dirty by lying down on the ground to write down their observations. We were all amazed by these little naturalist’s performances.

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By the turtle pond


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This booklet will remind them of their childhood memory when they are all grown up


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Kai Jie in action


Before proceeding to the Water Fun activity down the stream along the Heart of the Garden, we had a post-naturalist briefing time together, discussed on individual’s findings and their thoughts on nature.

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Girls power!


The little researchers were looking for guppies & water striders.

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Kids love water and getting wet and all muddy! After changing, we all gathered around the water garden for the graduation ceremony which we distributed the certificates & prizes to the kids.

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Group photo before we end the day!


Overall, we were all very happy for “I’m a Junior Naturalist TOO”, especially after receiving the feedbacks from the parents! Check out our Facebook album for more photos of the camp: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.953025028049230.1073741906.158661167485624&type=3

We are currently planning on our next overnight camp in June 2015. Meanwhile, we are running various half day programmes for kids age 6-12 too! If you are interested, feel free to contact us for more details!


Nature Education Department

04-8811797 (Ext 311)


Cooking Demo : Thai Inspired Party Food

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Throwing a party at home? Besides from drinks and cocktails, party snacks and finger food is a must!

TSG Cooking School will be hosting a Cooking Demo on Thai inspired party food by our very own in-house cheft- Devi Nadarajan. Learn how to make simple Thai snack dishes like the ‘Pandan’ Chicken, Money Bag, Green Curry Chicken Cake and for the dessert learn to make Thai Sticky Rice Balls in Coconut Milk!

Date: 28th March 2015

Time: 10.30am – 1pm

Location: Santai Corner, Tropical Spice Garden

Price: RM60 (normal) & RM45 (Spice Friends and partners)

Click here to register for the Cooking Demo.

*Best to register before the 24th of March so that we can prepare the very best for you! 🙂

Do not miss out this opportunity to learn with our passionate chef and to mingle with groups of food enthusiast.
Hosted by: Tropical Spice Garden Cooking School

*Please note that the cooking demo will be conducted in group demonstration form, no individual station.

T: +604 881 1797    M:+60124865795  E: michelle@tropicalspicegarden.com

I’m a Junior Naturalist TOO!

Missed the last “I’m a Junior Naturalist” 2013?

No worries, you can start planning for the upcoming March school holiday’s “I’m a Junior Naturalist TOO”!

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Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

Nature is the best teacher and greatest classroom for children to learn about their surrounding. Enroll your kids now as they explore the plants and animals around them through their observation & critical thinking skills.

Not forget to mention that the kids will be trekking up to the secondary forest and learn about the native plants, going down to the stream area hunting for guppies and water striders, plus an exciting fun amazing race game in the garden, and many more!

We always believe that Nature Education does not only inspires, but also enhances the creativity & imagination of children.

For more information & registration, contact:
04-8811797 Ext. 311


Click to view photos of I’m A Junior Naturalist, Dec 2013

Goat-cha! 2 days of Fun at TSG

Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, and we have interesting programs lining up to celebrate these auspicious event.

For the first week of February, we will be starting our very first Jawi Peranakan Cuisines cooking class with guest chef from Jawi House Penang –Chef Nurilkarim. The class will feature Ghee Rice with Cucumber Achar, Creamy Rose Chicken, and Sago Pudding with Palm Sugar. Book online here.

The cooking school will also be open during the weekend itself but this round it’s for the children! Let your children participate in The Little Chef’s Adventure where they will first join in for a 5 Senses Tour, where they could maximise the usage of their sense of hear, touch, taste, smell and sight in the tropical forest, learning about the nature environment and also on the tropical herbs and spices. Then they will go on a journey of food preparation where they are expose to different ingredients and are required to produce a set or two dishes under the instruction of the facilitator and they will end the session with the most exciting Slides & Ladders 3D Boardgame. Limited space, so do hurry up and book a slot for your kid. Group bookings are most welcomed too.

Not to forget, on the following Sunday (8th Feb), all are welcome to join in for a Craft making session where children can get a hands-on session doing Chinese New Year crafts and decorations and followed by a Story Telling Session with Master Choo, where he will be sharing stories about ancient Chinese tales, ie the 12 Chinese Zodiacs. This event is open to public and it will be held at the Pavilion. So if you happen to be nearby on Sunday, do drop by the garden with your kid and enjoy a two and a half hours of fun with us!

Do no hesitate to give us a call or drop us a line in the comment section if you have any enquiries 🙂

T: +604 881 1797   E: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

Night Walk for Kids!

A treat for your kids before school reopens next week?
Bring your kids along for an educational Night Walk especially for kids age 6-12!

Learn about the importance of rainforest, exploring and discovering night creatures & plants by night!

Date: 10th January 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 8pm-10pm
Price: RM80 (Adult)
RM60 (Child)
* 1 adult free for every 2 paying children *

Register with us now!

Contact 04-8811797 or education@tropicalspicegarden.com for more details.


Sunrise @ TSG 2014

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Sunrise @ TSG is back in conjunction with Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014!
From sunset to sunrise.. This year, TSG will be hosting another round of music festival in our newly constructed Pavilion – a glass box set in the midst of the tropical jungle. Enjoy music from “Ashes & Oak Trees“, “De Leon Jazz Experience” & “Ray Rozells Unplugged” from 7am onwards on 6th December 2014.
Join in the workshop with “Monoswezi” in embracing the values of cross cultural music collaboration after the performance starting at 9.30am.


For bookings and enquiries please call the garden or email to marketing@tropicalspicegarden.com 
Tickets are available now so call in and book yours before it’s sold out!

Kids Camp is back!

After the successful “The Little Night Adventurers”…

Let us present to you: “The Tropical Green Campers“!

The Tropical Green Campers

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unself- consciously to the soughing of the trees.”

– Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth

This 2D1N camp is designed to develop leadership, teamwork, patience, observation skills and patience among children in a nature environment.


Understanding and appreciate the wonder of nature, camping overnight by the beautiful water garden, amuse yourself with the frogs and bugs orchestra in the dark… These are just a few main highlights from the camp.. The most valuable experiences would be the children working together and solve tasks & missions, plus a precious time to learn from an amphibians & reptiles expert (herpetologist)!


We welcome all kids aged 9-13, come and challenge yourself as The Tropical Green Camper of the year!


Early Bird Special (by 30th November)- RM170

Early Bird Special (by 30th November)- RM170
Normal Price- RM185 (inclusive of meals, accommodation and activities)
For booking & details please contact Joleen,
04-8811797  (ext. 311)


p/s: CLICK HERE for some photos of the previous camp: The Little Night Adventurers


Updates ***

The Tropical Green Campers was a success! Photos can be view at:



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Night Walks : HERPING ft. Evan


Night Walks @ TSG is getting more and more exciting!

For the upcoming Night Walk, we have a special guest joining us as the guide of the night… Mr Evan Quah!
Evan studies amphibians and reptiles around Malaysia, which we address him as a “Herpetologist” ! (Herpetology-Study of Amphibians and Reptiles). For those who bear the passion towards snakes, frogs, toads, lizards etc… this is the opportunity that you would not want to miss!
Come sign up for the 18th October Night Walk, for a herping session with Evan, which you will gain valuable insights on basic herp identification too! Limited pax available, contact us now!


Adult – RM60

Child – RM40 (age 7 to 12)


Tel: 04-8811797 (Ext 311)   E-Mail: education@tropicalspicegarden.com

The Big Draw : Campaign for Drawing

The Big Draw : Penang Style . Campaign for Drawing

Are you passionate about drawing? In love with the green outdoors? Join us at Tropical Spice Garden this Sunday, 5pm at the Pavilion and enjoy and evening of sketching in our beautiful glass box where you can look out and compose a world of beautiful plants. If you would like to get up close and personal with the plants, you are welcome to do so as well!

Don’t worry about how good your skills are, we just want you to have an enjoyable day because drawing is all about FUN!! Come with your art materials or grab the pencils and paper around you to get started.

All drawings will be photographed and posted online, after which you are free to take them home.

The Big Draw: Penang Style

Date: 12th October 2014

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Venue: Pavilion, Tropical Spice Garden


Official Website: www.thebigdraw.org

Official Venue Website: The Big Draw_Tropical Spice Garden

Facebook: The-Big-Draw-Penang-Style