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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.

Green Power

26 Dec

Green Power was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were concerned about local environmental problems. Since their formation, they have been promoting environmental education as they believe education is the ultimate means of transforming thinking and behaviour.

Here are a few examples of projects Green Power is involved in

Hong Kong’s First Coral Transplant Project:
Hong Kong has a long coastline and as many as 84 species of hard corals; one tenth of the total number of reef-building corals in the world. Corals are known as the “tropical forests” of the ocean as they provide complex microhabitats for many marine species to shelter and breed, enriching the marine ecology.

However, corals are very vulnerable to adverse impacts and require high water quality. Slight changes in sea water temperature, salinity or clarity can lead to their bleaching or even their death. Observations made by Green Power divers reveal that the number of hard corals and their related ecosystems have been decreasing in recent years. For example, at Double Island, Sai Kung, the coral population has declined by up to 80% in the last decade. There are various reasons for this reduction, including global warming, pollution, net fishing and leisure water sports, which all affect corals to different degrees.

As hard corals grow and recover rather slowly, they are hard rebuild from damage through natural regeneration alone. However, artificial transplants can accelerate their recovery. Places around the world such as Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore have all succeeded in artificial transplantation. Now, Hong Kong is carrying out its first project.

The first step of artificial coral transplantation is to collect suitable corals from other areas. In order not to harm the original coral colonies, divers will only collect coral fragments that have fallen off due to a variety of reasons such as typhoon damage. Divers will check the health status and species of the coral fragments, and transplants can be conducted upon suitability being confirmed. As corals can reproduce asexually, when divers fix the coral fragments in suitable target growing locations, the fragments will grow slowly and achieve restoration eventually.

Green Power working with Eco-education & Resources Centre and a group of local divers, carried out its first artificial coral transplant in June 2014. The present stage is rather experimental, focusing near Double Island. 1,500 square metres of hard corals are expected to be restored in 3 to 5 years.

Black Kite Surveyors:
Black Kite is the most common raptor in Hong Kong, which is one of the few places around the world where you can see this bird close in the urban area. Yeung Chau, a 5-hectare uninhabited small island opposite Sai Kung Pier, is a major habitat of Black Kite. Over 400 individuals have been recorded on the island. White-bellied Sea Eagle, a Second Grade National Protected Species, is also observed. Only 10 to 14 pairs of the species are known across Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the government has previously proposed developing Yeung Chau into a tourism spot. The island is also favoured by war gamers. The local birds are seriously threatened.

Since 2017, Green Power has been recruiting secondary school teachers and students to form a Black Kite Surveyor Team. After classroom and outdoor training and assessment, the qualified surveyors will regularly record the numbers and behaviour of Black Kites on Yeung Chau. The ecological databank will be used to advocate the designation of Yeung Chau as a nature reserve to protect the species in the long term.

River Monitoring Teams:
River Monitoring Teams consist of secondary school teachers and students, monitor six major local rivers: Lam Tsuen River, Kam Tin River, Tung Chung River, Shan Pui River, Shing Mun River and Tuen Mun River. Green Power members visit the upper, middle and lower courses and estuaries of the monitored rivers, collecting water samples to measure the river’s environmental information and observe its ecology. The data collected can help compare the changes in water quality and environment, thus, playing a valuable monitoring role.

Furthermore, given the Government’s Tung Chung New Town Expansion Project, Green Power has been dedicated to monitoring the Tung Chung River in recent years. They collect environmental data at different sections and estuaries of the river so as to monitor the impact of the New Town Expansion Project on the river and to provide required statistics for the conservation of the Tung Chung River.

Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering to help Green Power in their efforts, please contact Green Power at info@greenpower.org.hk

Walk for Nature at Mai Po 2017

23 Aug


Walk for Nature is now open for registration

Walk for Nature” is an annual fundraising event held in Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve that has been held for the past 25 years. Participants walk a set route around the Reserve, which is in the Inner Deep Bay wetlands. Mai Po was recognized as “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention in 1995. Since 1940s, observers at the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands have recorded a total of 400 different species of birds, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong and giving it a reputation as a paradise for birds. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. The Reserve also provides habitat for many species of both flora and fauna.

© Martin Harvey / WWF-Hong Kong

Walk for Nature, WWF-Hong Kong’s most significant educational fundraising event, aims to engage the public about the need to protect Hong Kong’s local natural environment and strengthen their awareness of the importance of environmental conservation.

There are four categories that you can join: Adult, Family, Child or Youth, and Senior.

Date: 4-5 November 2017

Time: 9:30am – 6pm
There will be 10 time slots each day running consecutively at half hour intervals from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

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

Price:

“Walk for Nature” 2017 is now open for registration. To register, please follow this link.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact WWF staff at 2526-1011 or email walk@wwf.org.hk.

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.

Their goal is to build a future in which humans can live in harmony with nature.

e-Farm

26 Jun

e-Farm is a group of enthusiasts from different walks of life and of different ages with one common goal– doing something for our community and our environment. e-Farm practices organic farming with a target of making it environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

e-Farm Goals
efarm 21. Offering safe and healthy vegetable produce
Farming requires skills to cope with natural threats but the practice of improving yield by using chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) causes environmental and health issues that harm the farming industry in the end. Organic farming follows the principles of nature and it sustains the environment.

2. Keeping organic farms thriving
e-Farm promotes environmentally friendly models of agriculture to attract more people to join the trade to keep organic farming thriving.

efarm 33. Preserving valuable knowledge of our ancestors
Farming is an old trade. The collective wisdom of our ancestors on farming is our invaluable asset and it is our job to preserve it and pass it on to our children.

4. Researching for new farming techniques
Through trials and errors, e-Farm has an improved the understanding of nature and have identified more effective farming techniques. e-Farm will learn more by researching further.

5. Sharing farm knowledge
Nowadays, organic farming is getting more popular and sharing among farmers is crucial to sustainability of the trade. e-Farm loves to share our farming techniques and experience with other farmers and those who are interested in organic farming.

efarm6. Educating laypeople and school children
Greenhouse effect, toxic fruits and vegetables, carbon footprints… there are a lot of environment issues that we, whether young or old, all need to work on together.

7. Maintaining a get-away destination for urban dwellers
Anyone who looks for a get-away destination can come to e-Farm’s quiet, peaceful and natural environment to relax.

What you can do:
Volunteer – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get their hands dirty!

Community Gardening – Let e-Farm be your backyard! e-Farm welcomes urban dwellers to come and grow produce on their farm- All you need to bring along is a pair of work boots, e-Farm will provide the rest: seeds, young plants, fertilizers, tools and guidance.

Bring the Kids – There is nothing more exciting than a child’s enthusiasm and wonder about the natural world. e-Farm wants to teach the next generation to love and respect the natural environment and believe the best way to learn is by getting involved.
e-Farm hopes you will bring your child to their farm to explore the plants, insects and animals – in the stream, field and forest.
Veggie exploration: See what kind of seasonal produce is being grown and learn to identify a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs
Stream exploration: see frogs, fish, shrimps, etc. in their natural habitat
Forest exploration: Hike through the forest surroundings, spot butterflies, birds and other small creatures in their natural environment

You don’t need to live off the grid or grow your own crop in order to protect the environment. Simply do your bit to protect the environment and you can make big changes happen!

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact e-Farm by sending them an email at efarmhk@gmail.com