Tag Archives: nature

New Year Beach Cleanup! 26 Jan

20 Jan


Join Green Hour for their first clean up drive of 2020, the first in the Year of the Rat in Sham Tseng. There will be plenty of fun with music, games and more!

Date: Sunday, 26 January 2020

Time: 10am-3pm

Place: Sham Tseng
18 Castle Peak Road (Tsing Lung Tau)
Opposite Sea Crest Villa Phase 3

Price: Free, to register please follow this link to EventBrite

About Green Hour: Green Hour is a local organisation dedicated to fighting the war against waste in Hong Kong through several initiatives. Through bread run programmes, Green Hour works to fight food waste whilst giving back to those in our community in need, running cleanup events across Hong Kong to raise awareness as well as workshops that are not just only informative, but also fun!

One last word before Christmas…give generously

17 Dec

This will be the last blog post of the year. As we dive into the Festive Season, spare a thought for those less fortunate. With the continued social unrest, it’s been a particularly difficult year for nonprofits to raise funds with many fundraising events either postponed or cancelled. They need your help more than ever.

So please spare a thought for them and donate generously. The organisations listed under Volunteer Opportunities on this blog would welcome your donations.

Happy Holidays, posts will resume in the New Year!

WWF Connect2Nature 4 Kids

13 Dec


Through outdoor experiential learning at WWF learning centres, children learn about the link between humans and nature, nurturing a positive attitude towards our natural environment.

Features
Explore incredible natural environments
Learn about nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park and Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre, Tai Po natural coastline & Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Enjoy nature in a FUN way
Children develop an appreciation for nature through experiential learning and citizen science activities in natural habitats

Enhance collaborative skills
Group missions encourage active communication and collaboration among children

Learn from experienced educators
Facilitate children’s experience that can be applied to their daily life

Programme starts in January — book your place now!

JUNIOR ORNITHOLOGIST

Ever wondered why Mai Po Nature Reserve is called a bird paradise?

Join WWF’s Junior Ornithologist programme and let your kids view first-hand the thousands of migratory birds that pass through the reserve each year. Kids ages 6-12 will discover the world of ornithology while developing patience and observation skills through bird watching, games and a variety of other activities, including keeping a “wild journal”. Limited capacity.
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Date: 11, 12, 18 January 2020

Time:
Morning
Explore Hong Kong’s only wetland nature reserve
Fun games about birds
Lunch @ Mai Po Nature Reserve (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Observe and record migratory birds

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR URBAN ECOLOGIST

Be one of WWF’s Junior Urban Ecologists and discover Hong Kong’s rich and extraordinary urban biodiversity at city parks and natural coastlines. Through games and observation at Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre, children and parents will learn about the relationship between organisms and the environment, while nurturing interest in local species. They will also create their own urban “Pokédex” for recording urban wildlife encountered.

Date: 8, 22,23 February 2020

Time:
Morning
Learn about urban ecology through interactive games
Discover urban biodiversity
Lunch @ Island House (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Natural coastal exploration
Create urban “Pokédex”
Age: 6-12 (must be accompanied by at least 1 adult)
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Tai Po Waterfront Park and Island House Conservation Studies Centre

Price: HK$ 1350 (1 Child and 1 parent) ,
HK$ 900 for 2nd Child,
HK$ 450 for 2nd parent
For more information and to register please follow this link.

JUNIOR OCEANOGRAPHER

Kids will explore a marine environment and experience the work of an oceanographer at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. They will learn to observe beach organisms as well as microscopic plankton and investigate seawater quality and its relationship with marine life. The programme content aligns with General Studies curriculum and STEM education.

Date: 19, 25, 26 April 2020

Time:
Morning
Coastal exploration
Use of scientific equipment to find out characteristics of seawater
Lunch @ Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park (provided by WWF)
Afternoon
Plankton observation & art workshop
Coral observation on glass-bottom boat
Age: 6-12
Activity Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm

Place: Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park

Price: HK$ 900/child
For more information and to register please follow this link.

About WWF HK: 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.

FOLLOW THE LINES: Returning to Nature 3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop

28 Sep

FOLLOW THE LINES: Returning to Nature 3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop with Merlyn Chesterman

The mountain reveals the true self to one. Join printmaker-artist Merlyn Chesterman to explore the phenomenal nature wonders up on the hill, around the valley, the grass fields and the blossoms. Experiencing both sensuous and proficient ways to journal and compose the inspirations collected in the woods, we will create our own woodblock print with leveraged craftmanship, unfolding an artistic dialogue with Mother Nature.

Follow the lines: Returning to Nature” Woodblock Print Exhibition:
18th November to 31st December 2019
Participants are expected to be residential and participate fully in every session. Applicants wishing to attend only parts of the programme will not be accepted.

Workshop Language: English

Date:
3-Day Nature and Art Residential Workshop:
8th – 10th November, 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Time:
8th November, 0900 to 2000
9th November, 0900 to 2130
10th November, 0900 to 1700

Place: The Green Hub, at the Old Tai Po Police Station, and Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Tai Po

Price:
Course Fee# HK$2,000 per person + Accommodation Fee#
#including lecture fee, vegetarian meals, outing arrangement and shuttle bus service between The Green Hub and visiting sites during the workshop
+Accommodation Fee will be charged separately. for more information please follow this link.

To register, please follow this link

For more information, please contact Ms. Carmen Lau at 2483 7276 or email to carmenlau@kfbg.org

About Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garde: Established in 1956 as a base for the Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association (K.A.A.A.), the KFBG site near Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, is one of Hong Kong’s little known jewels. Nine kilometres of road wind their way up around organic farming terraces, theme gardens and native forest to the summit of the mountain, Kwun Yum Shan, at over 1800ft above sea level. A wide variety of educational displays, sustainability features and wildlife rescue facilities complement the extensively landscaped gardens with their cobbled paths, pavilions, bridges, waterfalls and picnic spots.

KFBG‘s three core programmes – Nature Conservation, Holistic Education and Sustainable Living – are constantly evolving as they address different aspects of the challenge to live in harmony with nature. In addition to the many on-site courses, workshops and special events that have been developed for the education and upliftment of visitors, KFBG’s activities extend throughout Hong Kong and into South China and other parts of the region.

Forest Summer Camps

3 May

Not a volunteer opportunity, but if you are interested in the environment and are looking for something for your kids to do this summer that embraces the great outdoors, take a look at the Forest Summer Camps run by Ark Eden.

Ark Eden nature-based camps focus on nurturing Kids’ love of the outdoors, building their confidence and skills through natural play. Surrounded by nature on a hillside in Mui Wo, they host camps with different Nature themes each day for kids aged 5 to 11, packed with lots of fun!

Date: 17 June – 16 August

Price: $670 – $750 per day. Single of multi-day packages available

For more information and to register, please visit their website and scroll down to Forest Summer Camps.

About Ark Eden: Ark Eden presents Lantau Island as a living, world-class natural environmental wonder within China and Asia and suggests how its natural assets can be used to benefit education, local communities, Hong Kong residents and overseas visitors — all of us.

Ark Eden aims to preserve the island’s ecological, geographical, historical and cultural heritage by following a sustainable lifestyle and by providing inspiring educational and eco-tourism opportunities for children, adults, residents and tourists.

Ark Eden does this through a series of integrated workshops, field trips and camps designed to lead every participant towards a better understanding of the environment and what everyone’s role is in conservation, preservation and sustainability.

Connecting with the Energy of Nature – One-day Introductory Workshop

26 Mar

This one-day workshop is an approach to perceive the energy of nature and its healing powers. During the day, experiential activities will help the participants to understand and enhance their perception of energy in themselves and in nature, particularly with trees, and their connection to their intuition. The participants will also practice their connection to trees and to earth (grounding) and learn how to recharge themselves with the energy of nature.

5-day Energy of Nature – Level I is available for those who would like to have an in-depth understanding of this topic.

Teacher: Dr. Claire Elouard

Dr. Claire Elouard from France spent her early childhood in Senegal, Africa, and later studied in France. She has a Master’s degree in Biology and a Ph.D. in vegetal ecology from Universities in France. She conducted her field research for her Ph.D. in Indonesia, and afterward spent eight years doing research in forest pathology and ecology in Malaysia and South India. Subsequently, she directed an environmental project in the Mumbai area in India, from 2001 to 2015. She has been coming to KFBG for over 10 years delivering her workshops on the “Energy of Nature”.

Dr. Elouard has been deeply connected with nature since childhood. She later developed her perception of nature’s energy and deepened it by learning about the Hindu philosophy on the five elements and their corresponding chakras. She has been teaching people to communicate with nature and perceive its energy since 2004 in India, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.

Content: This one-day workshop includes the following experiential activities:
Perception and identification of energy in nature and oneself.
Practice of one’s connection to earth (grounding) and its energy.
Practice of one’s connection to intuition.
Connection to trees and their healing powers.
Learn how to revitalise oneself with the energy of nature.

Note: the workshop’s agenda and contents can be modified depending on weather conditions, and other external factors, in accordance with Dr. Claire Elouard’s professional advice.

Language: English

Target group/No. of Participants: Aged 18 years or above
Maximum of 20 participants

Date/Time: Saturday, 20th April, 2019
Assembly time: 09:00
Workshop time: 09:30 to 17:00

Place: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden
Meeting point: Reception Area at KFBG

Price: HK$1,000 per person (including vegetarian lunch and refreshments during the workshop)
To make this workshop happen, KFBG has subsidized most of the workshop’s costs.

Application: Please complete your registration as follows:
Please click here for the online registration and payment (HK$1,000) online on or before 6th April, 2019.
Upon receipt of the application form and payment, a confirmation letter will be sent to you by email within 5 working days.
If payment is not received within one week of registration, your reservation may be cancelled and the space released for others.
Payment is not refundable after confirmation.

Enquiry: For enquiries, please contact Ms Vera Hung at 2483 7107 or edu_programme@kfbg.org.

Note: Please note that this is an experiential workshop. Participants are required to participate fully in all exercises to ensure progression.
Participants will not be admitted after 10:00 on the activity day.
To ensure the quality of the workshop for all participants, KFBG reserves the right to select participants for this workshop if we feel necessary. For unsuccessful applications, a full refund will be arranged by bank transfer or cheque within one month.
Two weeks’ notice will be given to participants in the case of cancellation due to under enrollment (below 6 registered participants). In such a case a full refund will also be arranged accordingly. This is not expected as Claire has been teaching with us for several years and is always in high demand.

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) spreads over 148 hectares of land on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, near the town of Tai Po.
KFBG has a deep-set valley between two ridges, with a stream running steeply down through the forest. On the slopes there are forest, theme gardens, vegetable terraces, 8km of walking trails, 9km of roads, and conservation and educational facilities.
The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives; and to provide leisure and educational experience for the public. The theme gardens were designed and planted from the 1960’s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest. Visitors are welcome.

2018 WWF Walk for Nature

19 Sep

©WWF

If you have never been to the Mai Po Nature Reserve, strolled along a floating boardwalk in the middle of a magnificent mangrove forest, here’s your chance to do so, and raise money for WWF Hong Kong.

Walk for Nature” 2018 is now open for registration, so sign up to reserve your place! Walk for Nature 2018 is an ideal time for family and friends to Connect2Nature at Mai Po Nature Reserve and meet WWF staff to see and hear more about the important role of Ramsar (a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention) sites, such as the Mai Po marshes, and the challenges faced by migratory waterbirds on their journey along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Get involved and use the iNaturalist app during this year’s event and share what you see with friends.

Walk for Nature” is a set route around the reserve, located in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Since 1995, Mai Po has been accredited as a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention and is home to 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. Read more about Mai Po Nature Reserve.

And under the theme “Flap Your Wings”, participants will experience migratory birds’ journey to Hong Kong through a series of games, DIY workshop and puppet show. Taking part in these activities will raise participants’ awareness and knowledge of conservation issues and sustainable living. Click here for activity details.

Suitable for 4 years old or above
*For safety reasons, baby strollers and prams are not allowed in the reserve.

Date: 3-4 November 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
*Participants can choose to join for one day only
** Registration for the boardwalk guided tour is only available when enrolling Walk for Nature online. For safety reasons, participants must be aged 12 or above.

Time: 9:30am to 6pm
The event will be divided into10 time slots each day, running consecutively at half-hour intervals from 9:30am-2pm. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during registration.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Price:

To register online, please follow this link.

Registration Closing Date: 17 October 2018

About Mai Po Nature Reserve: As a haven for thousands of migratory waterbirds every year, Mai Po Nature Reserve and the surrounding Inner Deep Bay wetlands sets a prime example of conservation success for regional wetlands, and offers visitors a chance to get up close to wildlife and appreciate the beauty of nature.

Located on the northwestern corner of Hong Kong, the Mai Po and Inner Deep Bay wetlands is recognized as ‘Wetland of International Importance’ under the prestigious Ramsar Convention in 1995. The 1,500-hectare area acts as a key way station and wintering site along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway where 50 million migratory waterbirds travel through each year.