By Dian Hasan | September 20, 2009
Departing from the adage “teach them young and they shall remember”, one Singapore-based organization – Eco Field Trips (EFT) – brings school kids closer top nature for a most rewarding “out-of-classroom” learning experience. Their programs span the Asia Pacific region, ranging from Turtle Conservation to understanding Agricultural Societies and their Organic way of life. Here’s a look at their program in Ipoh, Malaysia.
The Roots is a brand new eco-resort opening near Tanjung Rambutan, Perak in the foothills of the Titiwangsa Mountain Range, on the backbone of Peninsula Malaysia. Situated on the shores of the Kinta River amid fruit orchards, the resort is easily reached by road from Ipoh, around 12km away. The limestone hills which surround the Kinta Valley hold vast granite deposits which lead this region to become the world’s leader in tin ore extraction by the first half of the 20th century.
The tin mining has largely dried up; however the breathtaking limestone karsts still stand and dominate the landscape around The Roots. Orang Asli villagers (local Malay tribesmen) still thrive in the nearby Kinta Hills Forest Reserve, which features Gunung Korbu; the second highest peak in Peninsula Malaysia at 2,138m as well as a great diversity of the country’s captivating native flora and fauna. The region is alive with fascinating culture and history, both recent and ancient. Studying the geology of the Titiwangsa Range will give the students a clear image of how the Malay Peninsular formed to become what it is today.
4-7 day trip
Eco Field Trips promotes EDUCATIONAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE, for students ages 11 and 18 with a choice of different programs:
- In-depth GCSE Biology and Geography fieldwork
- Focus on Environmental Education, Conservation, Biology & Marine Ecology
- A Level coursework
- International Baccalaureate standard trips
- Undergraduate research programmes
- SCUBA Diving courses
- Marine Biology for divers
- GAP Year placements
Source: Eco Field Trips