Imparting eco-values in young minds ~ Langkawi Island, Malaysia

By Dian Hasan | September 20, 2009

Langkawi

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 Langkawi Island, Malaysia


LangkawiLangkawi Island, Malaysia

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, 30km north-west of the Peninsular Malaysian mainland. It’s unusual landscape was formed by caves that collapsed millions of years ago, and the land is now covered in expansive areas of rainforest, habitat to hornbills, colugos and leopards. We explore the understory of the rainforest on foot and then proceed to the canopy where we discover this seldom visited niche by high rope and flying fox. The Kilim River provides an excellent estuarine mangrove system through which we kayak, exploring the limestone caves and the unusual wildlife they support as we go. The estuary is also the site for the mangrove sapling planting project organised by Eco Field Trips  (EFT) and Langkawi Canopy Adventures. This activity helps to offset carbon emissions resulting from travel to Langkawi, as well as prevent erosion along the estuary’s banks. Typical itineraries also include a day in the padi fields, where students will learn about the economic and cultural significance of rice in Malaysia as well as having a chance to try out some of the traditional farming methods. The Pulau Payar Marine Park is an ideal location for students to snorkel or dive in calm waters where groupers and colourful butterfly fish are commonly seen. Langkawi provides an adventurous trip for new students or a perfect follow-on trip for those who have previously visited Tioman.

6-7 day trip
Trip can include ‘Marine Biology for Divers’

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

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