From a dedicated ecological literacy programme in schools to a flora and fauna treasure hunt competition, these were some exciting ideas mooted by 35 young nature-lovers, to encourage more youths to appreciate the rich biodiversity in Singapore, at the off-site Coney Island.
Organised by Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) which included a guided tour of the newly opened Coney Island conducted by NParks volunteers, followed by a focus group discussion session facilitated by OBS Instructors.
The half-day outdoor classroom session is designed for environmentally conscious groups and individuals who feel strongly about keeping Singapore environmentally sustainable, following the success of OBS’ largest inaugural public outdoor conservation class (Project IsLand-A-Hand) in November 2015.
Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Baey Yam Keng, trekked 4 kilometres with the young nature enthusiasts and encouraged them to contribute ideas to expand OBS’ existing environmental education efforts to reach out to more youths in its outdoor adventure education programme.
Much to see and learn in our nature trails and parks, e.g. wild animals we share the land with, such as wild boars, monitor lizards and otters.
Hope there’ll be more of such outdoor programs to allow youth to learn more on our environment and maintaining it.
Information and images as kindly shared by National Youth Council.