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*
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!
Memorising the names of the spices and come back to write it down
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.
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.
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.
By the turtle pond
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.
The little researchers were looking for guppies & water striders.
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.
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)