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The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day – 23 July

24 Jun

The Green Hub Volunteer Scheme
Volunteers at the Green Hub enrich and enhance the life of Green Hub and play a vital role in supporting a wide range of sustainable living educational programmes and conservation work. Volunteers are a valued and integral part of Green Hub donating a range of talents and skills to promote sustainable living and assist in the Green Hub’s daily operation. Green Hub hopes that they can both enjoy and learn from their volunteer experience at Green Hub.

Volunteer Opportunities
* Education programmes and activities
* Low carbon catering
* Co-op Market
* Gardening
* Visitor Centre

Requirement
* Hong Kong citizen aged 18 or above
* Appreciate sustainable lifestyle
* Interested in nature and heritage conservation
* Good presentation and communication skills
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese, basic English and Mandarin
* Able to attend their Volunteer Induction Day are preferred.

The Green Hub Volunteer Induction Day
The goal of the Induction Day is to provide an orientation for people who want to be a volunteer of the Green Hub. The Induction Day comprises an introduction about the Old Tai Po Police Station heritage revitalization project and its programmes and a guided walk of the Green Hub facilities. Participants will also have the opportunities to undertake sustainable living exercises to increase their own well-being and that of the community from a holistic perspective.

Date: Sunday, 23 July 2017

Time: 2-4pm

Place: Green Hub, 11 Wan Tau Kok Lane, Tai Po, Hong Kong

Language: Cantonese

How to Apply: Please fill out this link for the online application form

Application Deadline: 17 July 2017

Enquiry: Please contact Miss Leung at 2996 2833 / ghprog@kfbg.org

* Another Volunteer Induction Day will be on 29 Oct.

About The Green Hub: The Green Hub (the Old Tai Po Police Station) is a unique heritage place which is historically, architecturally and ecologically significant.

The Green Hub project has transformed the Old Tai Po Police Station, a Grade 1 historic heritage to hub for sustainable living. The Green Hub’s Heritage Tour is a free-of-charge service for visitors to learn how we conserve the historic and architectural values of the building, as well as the trees and the egretry of ecological importance at the Old Tai Po Police Station.

Under the Revitalising Historic Buildings through Partnership Scheme (the R-Scheme), Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) adopted an integrated approach to conserve the Old Tai Po Police Station and transform the historic heritage site into a Green Hub for sustainable living. Today, the Green Hub is an inspirational educational centre and offers wide-ranging educational opportunities for the public. Often described as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, it is a pioneer of low-carbon diet, and green architecture, a place for transformative education and an incubator for community collaboration on appropriate, affordable and sustainable alternatives.

The Green Hub project is recognised with an Honourable Mention in the 2016 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2016. The Green Hub also receive the Grand Award (Existing Buildings Category: Completed Projects – Institutional Building) and Special Citation in Eco-service Infrastructure Network under the Green Building Award 2016 that is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Green Building Council and the Professional Green Building Council.

KFBG’s The Wild Encounter: 3-Day Summer Youth Camp

18 May

Looking for a special experience this summer? Come and join Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden‘s Youth Day Camp. You will have the opportunity to take part in conservation projects by working alongside KFBG‘s animal and forest conservation experts. Discover the wonders of nature by walking deep into the forest at night. You will feel and experience nature like never before. Participants will make new friends, bond with nature and gain an understanding of the interconnected relationships between humans, wild animals and the environment.

Programme Content:
* Discover animals and their habitats during day time and night time
* Experience animal encounter activities
* Meet and learn from our animal experts
* Participate in forest-restoration activities
* Express creativity freely through nature-art
* Connect with nature to foster respect and appreciation

Target group / No. of Participants:
Youths aged 12 – 14. 20 maximum per camp (at least 1 camp counselor per 5 participants)

Language: Cantonese

Date / Time:
Camp A: 17 – 19 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
Camp B: 7 – 9 Aug 2017 (Mon to Wed)
0930 – 1600 (Day 1 and Day 2)
1430 – 2100 (Day 3)
(Non-residential)

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Pick-ups and drop-offs at Kowloon Tong MTR station
(Option to dismiss at Tai Po Market MTR station on Day 3)

Price: HKD$2,500 for 3 days (vegetarian lunch/dinner included)

Application: Please submit your online application and payment to KFBG before 7 June, 2017. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

KFBG Nature Education Volunteer

28 Apr

The goal of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course is to equip people who want to make a contribution to environmental education. It includes a series of experiential activities and nature walks developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG). In this training programme, participants will gain environmental knowledge, interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to undertake a wide range of mindfulness exercises to increase the well-being of the community from a holistic perspective.

The content of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course:
– Introduction to KFBG Education Programmes
– Introduction to Fauna & Flora Conservation Programmes
– Mindfulness Practices
– Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
– Nature Art Workshops
– Food Ecology
– Talks & Continuous Training Sessions

Requirements:
– Anyone aged 18 or above (retired citizens are welcome)
– Nature lovers
– Willing to commit as a volunteer for education programmes on weekdays (mostly) and weekends
– Able to work in an outdoor environment
– Good presentation and communication skills
– Able to speak fluent Cantonese & basic English
– Able to attend all five full-day training sessions (27 July, 3, 10, 24 & 31 August 2017 (Thursday) 1000 – 1600) are preferred

*Commitment: Complete 60 hours service between September 2017 and November 2018 for KFBG education activities.

*Deposit: HK$1,000. Total amount will be refunded when the whole training course and vounteer services are completed on or before 30 November 2018.

How to apply:
Please download the programme leaflet here and send the completed Application Form together with the essay to KFBG either by e-mail (education@kfbg.org), or by post to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (Education Department), Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, New Territories. Please mark the envelope: ‘Application for the Nature Education Volunteer Training Course‘.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2017

You may contact education@kfbg.org / 2483 7107 (Ms. Hung) or 2483 7284 (Ms. Lau) for further questions or information, or visit their website.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

Intern or Volunteer with Earthwatch Hong Kong

11 Feb

Earthwatch Institute is an international environmental charity founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1971. With offices in USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, and Brazil, the Earthwatch Institute also has scientific field research projects all over the world.

Their mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Worldwide, Earthwatch works with a wide range of partners, from companies, governments and academic institutions to the individuals who participate in their field research projects. Their participants come from all walks of life including corporate employees, teachers, young people, emerging scientists and members of the general public.

Earthwatch involves people as funded or self-funding volunteers in scientific field research. Since 1971, they have sent more than 90,000 volunteers into the field to work with over a thousand scientists on projects around the world. By involving people in hands-on scientific research and education, they help them to develop the knowledge, skills and motivation needed to take action for the environment. Together they conduct vital research into climate change, ecosystem services, ocean health and cultural heritage. By supporting scientific research conducted by leading scientists from a range of disciplines, their results form the necessary basis for future decisions about the environment.

For 20 years, Earthwatch has worked closely with international companies to develop and deliver pioneering engagement and learning opportunities that motivate and inspire employees, as well as equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to drive change towards more sustainable business practice.

earthwatch-2Earthwatch Hong Kong is one of the three partners in the HSBC Water Programme (a five-year programme on freshwater launched by HSBC in 2012) and one of the four partners in the HSBC Climate Partnership (a five-year programme on climate change launched by HSBC in 2007).

Earthwatch’s Hong Kong office opened in 2007 and is currently setting up field and learning programmes for companies in the region.

What you can do to help
Earthwatch Hong Kong works with a diverse group of individuals, organisations and companies to engage and inspire people to change the way they live and work and to contribute towards preserving the planet.

earthwatch-3They work with interns and volunteers to deliver their programs. They also welcome innovative environmental solutions from their interns and volunteers. If you have any interesting ideas or unique projects relating to the work of Earthwatch in your mind, do not hesitate to share with them your creative thoughts by becoming an intern or a volunteer of Earthwatch. They would love to have passionate individuals to work with them to strive for a better planet together.

Apply now! For more information please contact Earthwatch Hong Kong at 28381114 or admin.hk@earthwatch.org.hk.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Earthwatch‘s field research projects, please follow this link to Earthwatch Worldwide‘s website.

The Big Bird Race is Back!

2 Dec

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong


The Big Bird Race is WWF-Hong Kong’s longest-running fundraising event. Established in 1984, the funds raised directly contribute to the conservation and management of the Mai Po Nature Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention.

2017 marks the 34th anniversary of the race. The race has grown and evolved over these three decades but has always generated great enthusiasm among bird-watchers, both local and, more recently, overseas. Aside from the pure enjoyment of the competition, participants also have the opportunity to sharpen their bird-watching skills and improve their knowledge of birds.

This is how it works
The Big Bird Race is a 12-hour bird-watching “race”. Bird-watchers work together in teams of four to record as many bird species as possible during this time. Every species recorded must be seen or heard by all members of the team. Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race. A judge will examine each team’s Log Books to determine the winners.

Teams may begin bird-watching on their own at 6 a.m. anywhere in Hong Kong. Participants may wish to carry their own binoculars and bird guides to assist with bird spotting. As Mai Po and Tai Po Kau accommodate a large variety of birds, they have been the most popular sites for most participants over the years; however participants are welcome to use their own bird-watching sites as well.

Teams are required to record every bird species they see or hear in their Event Log Book. They are also required to return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve Visitor Centre at or before 6 p.m. and turn in their Log Books to the adjudicator. The adjudicator will examine the accuracy of each record, making reference to a number of factors such as the weather, the latest migratory bird population and others. They will also compare the results of the different teams to see if there are any anomalies or irregular records. The adjudicator will then make a professional judgment and determine the winning team.

© WWF-Hong Kong

© WWF-Hong Kong

Date: Saturday, 4 February 2017

Time: 6am – 6pm

Place: Geographically, teams may start anywhere in Hong Kong, but must return to the Mai Po Nature Reserve at the end of the race.

For full information on rules and terms of participation please visit their website

About WWF: WWF was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate and committed individuals with the vision and determination to change the future – for good of the natural world and for all life on Earth.

Today, WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organizations, with a network active in more than 100 countries. WWF is currently carrying out more than 1,300 conservation projects around the planet – from small-scale local conservation projects to large-scale species protection projects which span all continents.

WWF-Hong Kong was founded in 1981 and is an integral part of WWF’s global network. Their work began with managing Mai Po Nature Reserve and conserving iconic species. Over the years, they have expanded and adjusted their mission to better serve Hong Kong’s conservation and education needs and align themselves with WWF’s global strategy.

Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong

30 Oct

ocean-park-3Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong (OPCFHK) is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas, as well as their habitats through partnerships, fundraising, research and education. It envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

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Since its expansion in 2005, OPCFHK has allocated over $58 million to fund over 400 research projects on cetaceans, giant pandas and many other species. In 2015/16, OPCFHK is funding three key projects to monitor and understand the population and habitat of Chinese white dolphins, whilst continuing the operation of the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Team in Hong Kong and providing samples to local universities and the Chinese White Dolphin DNA Bank in China, in order to develop an effective conservation plan for the species. Giant panda conservation efforts were extended from infrastructure rebuilding after earthquake to conservation study, capacity building and habitat restoration in the three provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. It also inspires university students to engage in field work as part of its University Student Sponsorship Programme in Wildlife Conservation, and connects secondary school students as well as corporations to horseshoe crab conservation efforts in Hong Kong through the rearing and fostering programme.

ocean-park-5In 2010/2011 financial year, a strategic retreat of the Foundation was held to discuss its next five year direction, and confirmed the revised vision and mission:

Vision
OPCFHK envisions a world where Asian wildlife remains biologically diverse under the stewardship of humans, corporations and governments.

Mission
OPCFHK is committed to advocating, facilitating and participating in effective conservation of Asian wildlife, with an emphasis on Chinese white dolphins and giant pandas as well as their habitats. This will be achieved through partnerships, fundraising, research and education.

Good Corporate Governance
The Foundation believes that good corporate governance will assist the Trustees and Management to pursue objectives that are in the interests of the organisation and the public, lead to better corporate performance and reputation and is essential in attaining long‐term, sustainable growth. While recognising that corporate governance may be affected by many factors, the Foundation believes that the core principles of accountability, transparency and integrity are fundamental to good governance and has, therefore, adopted these as the cornerstone of the Foundation’s governance framework.

How you can help
Become a Friend of the Foundation
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OPCFHK launched “Friends of the Foundation” fan club, to engage wildlife and nature lovers in conservation for concerted efforts to conserve wildlife in Hong Kong and Asia. Through donation, you will become a FRIEND of the Foundation, and enjoy the precious opportunities to obtain more information about Asian wildlife, and take part in various conservation work, activities and seminars to get closer with the nature and understand Hong Kong ecology better!

Join now if…
ocean-park-1* You are passionate about wildlife and nature
* You share the same vision with OPCFHK and would like to show your support
* You want to educate the future generations about the importance of wildlife conservation
* You want to help raise the community’s awareness on wildlife conservation
* You want to be engaged in activities that can help Asian wildlife
* You want to learn more about OPCFHK‘s conservation efforts, the species and habitats across Asia
For more information and to join follow this link

Volunteer
OPCFHK has been committed in the conservation of Asian wildlife through fundraising, research and education so that it remains biologically diverse. If you are also enthusiastic and passionate towards wildlife conservation, and willing to contribute your time and efforts, please join their conservation volunteer task force!
Main Voluntary Tasks:
* Assist in community education and narration events
* Assist in fundraising and promotional events
* Provide various professional services, e.g. video taking, translation, writing, designs, marketing, etc
* Assist in routine operations and documentary work in office
For more information and to join follow this link

WWF Walk for Nature 2016

28 Sep

walk-for-natureWalk for Nature is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve. Participants gather sponsorship and walk a set route around the Reserve, which is located in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. In 1995, Mai Po was declared a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Reserve provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna, and has a worldwide reputation as being a “paradise for birds”.

Join this walk and learn more about WWF’s work in conserving and preserving the Mai Po Nature Reserve. This year’s event theme is ‘Be a Citizen Scientist’. Participants can understand more about WWF’s wetland conservation work by taking part in the interactive games and activities held along the route.

Date: 26 & 27 November 2016 (Saturday and Sunday) Choose either date

Time: 9:30am to 6pm (10 walking time slots for you to choose from)

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price: Please refer to enrollment form for details.

About WWF’s work at Mai Po Nature Reserve: In 1983, WWF-Hong Kong began managing Mai Po Nature Reserve, implementing a number of conservation projects designed to protect the Reserve’s many fish ponds, gei wai, intertidal mudflats, mangroves, reed beds and freshwater ponds. In 2001, the conservation work took on a new dimension, as the conservation work began to focus on conserving Hong Kong’s section of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), a vital flight route for migratory waterbirds. The EAAF begins at the Arctic Circle and runs through Southeast Asia all the way to Australia and New Zealand. Mai Po is situated roughly in the centre of the flyway. Every year, migratory birds conduct their long journeys south and stop at Mai Po to rest and recharge before they continue their voyage.