Dairy Farm Nature Park
Trailblazers has chosen to situate the Nature Adventure Walk (NAW) in the Dairy Farm Nature Park (DFNP) as it is a portion of Singapore’s relatively untouched natural environment. Specifically, the NAW would mainly be around the recently launched Wallace Education Centre (WEC).
The WEC houses the Wallace Environmental Learning Lab (WELL), an interpretative centre where visitors can learn about the changing landscapes of Dairy Farm and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve through various exhibits. The facilities and materials available in the WEC compliments our group’s goal in ensuring a quality experience for children participating in the NAW.
(For more information on the location as well as instructions on getting to DFNP, please refer here.)
Nature Adventure Walk
As an address to our concerns for the issue at hand and to achieve our aim, Trailblazers seeks to provide a fun and educational outlet for children to reconnect with nature. We intend to do so by holding a highly interactive Nature Adventure Walk (NAW) designed for children aged 9 – 12, allowing them to explore scientific aspects of the natural environment in a way that caters specifically to their interests and abilities, through several hands-on activities.
Activities in NAW
- Unnatural Walk
On the way in to WEC, participants will look out for unnatural objects that they see scattered along the pathway and will pick them up along the way.
Objective: Through this activity, participants will learn about the harmful consequences of unnatural objects on the forest.
- Butterfly Life Cycle Game
This game is basically scissors-paper-stone, with four levels – egg, caterpillar, pupa and (adult) butterfly.
Objective: Participants will learn the different stages in a butterfly’s life cycle.
- Bark Types
Participants will be asked to look out for different bark types as shown in the booklet given to them. Along the way, the unique features and patterns of different barks will be highlighted and explained. Participants will also carry out bark shading on trees in the trail.
Objective: Participants will learn the names of different bark types, how to identify them, different textures of bark and how to carry out bark shading.
- Plant Types
Pictures of different plant types will be in the booklets given and participants will look out for them throughout the trail. Along the trail, different plant types will also be pointed out and explained.
Objective: Participants will learn about the different plant types and the reasons for their adaptations.
- Introduction to ecological relationships
Using interesting 3D posters, ecological relationships will be explained to participants.
Objective: Participants will learn about ecological relationships.
- Counting of number of species in mural
Participants will count the number of species of animals in the mural.
Objective: Participants will learn about the different species present and appreciate the diversity of nature.
- Dog And Bone
Participants will be told statements about nature conservation and the Dos and Don’ts in a forest. Participants will be split into two teams and numbered. Two handkerchieves will be placed in the middle, one representing true and the other representing false. Participants have to decide if the statement is true or false, and the participant whose number has been called (1 participant from each group) runs to the middle and takes the handkerchief representing their answer. The participant who gets to the middle before the other participant and takes the right handkerchief wins. His/her group will then give reasons for choosing that answer.
Objective: Participants will learn about the right behaviour in forests and about ways that they can conserve the environment.
- Introduction to pollination and photosynthesis
Through interesting posters, pollination and photosynthesis will be explained to participants.
Objective: Participants will learn about different kinds of pollination, inputs and outputs of photosynthesis, the role of chlorophyll in photosynthesis and the importance of photosynthesis.
Participants will be given black and white photographs of flowers that are present in the flower patch, and asked to identify the corresponding real-life flowers in the flower patch.
Objective: Participants will learn the characteristics of different flowers as they identify flowers through features other than its colour.
- Obstacle Course
Participants will be split into two groups and go through the obstacle course with one participant from each group at a time. At the end of obstacle course, the participants pick up a quote on fun facts about nature, memorise it, and then return to their group. The participant then tells the next participant the quote, who passes it on to the next, through a ‘broken telephone’. The last participant recites the quote and the group with the more accurate version of the quote wins.
Objective: Participants will learn fun facts about nature in an interesting, challenging but safe way, and increase their interest and appreciation of nature.
- Animal Behaviour Game
Participants will each be given a card with a picture of an animal, its behaviour and an explanation for its behaviour. They then have to move like the animal in their card, and try to find their pair, who has received the same card as them.
Objective: Participants will learn about the behaviours of different animals and the reasons behind their behaviours.
Cups will be given to participants, which they can personalise using markers. Soil and seeds will then be given to them to put in their cup, together with instructions on how to look after their seedling.
Objective: Participants will learn about the conditions required for seeds to germinate and grow, and how to take care of plants. Through this, we hope to foster a love for nature in participants.
Other Information About NAW
- Total estimated duration: 2.5 hours
- Cost: Free
- Materials provided: 1 booklet per participant (given), 1 pair of binoculars and 1 magnifying glass per group (to be collected at the end of NAW)
- Feedback thus far: Participants from ages 3 to 12 all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, as shown from post-activity surveys. An extremely large majority of participants also expressed interest in future nature-related activities.
- Activities in NAW may vary according to the weather and the time given to conduct NAW.
- Interested individuals are welcome to drop us an email stating their interest, preferred dates of the NAW as well as the details of the participants. Trailblazers would be more than happy to answer any queries and promises to reply every email as soon as we can.
If you are interested in participating in our NAW, please refer here.
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