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Monday, January 4, 2016

Lets go outside

Into the jungle

In December 2015 MNSKB was involved with two groups of students who ventured into the jungles of Sarawak. 
On December 3, 2015, MNSKB had the wonderful opportunity to organise a one-hour activity for the Dyslexia School in Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia, during its   two-day camp at Gunung Gading National Park. The activity, to make a collection of leaf rubbings enable 10 students to explore not only shapes but also the texture of leaves.
Ann, who lead the activity said, 'This visit brought the students into the rainforests of Sarawak. To want to save something we have to know it.'  They felt the moisture, tread upon jungle paths, noted the array of leaf shapes and textures, heard the sounds of the jungle birds and insects; and connected with nature.
Nicole Neuner led a visit to the Matang Wildlife Centre that is part of Kubah National Park, on December 19, 2015.  The children made a short circuit around the centre looking at animals, which although caged, are on the whole in natural type environments. 

Ann, who helped Nicole, said, 'The children asked a lot of questions and they were really curious.  It was a great introduction to the natural world.'  Then the children drew their favourite animals; again a
structured activity with lots of flexibility that encouraged connection with the natural world.

Intuitively we know that nature and time spent outside is emotionally, intellectually and physically good for us.  It is also vital if we are to develop empathy and understanding of nature and conservation.  We have to be in it, not just reading or watching. 
The visits to Gunung Gading National Park and the Matang Wildlife Centre enabled the students to get this vital first hand experience that is necessary to develop a lifestyle that promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world.  
Love Life, Love Nature 

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