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The 25th Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Race

2 Oct


The race is held in memory of the Kadoorie brothers, Lord Lawrence and Sir Horace. The length of the course is 5.7 km, from the KFBG Lower Area (at 130m elevation), and rises steeply uphill along roads, through various beautiful sections of Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, finishing at the Kadoorie Brothers Memorial Pavilion (at 602m elevation). It is a challenging and rewarding uphill race.

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Date: Sunday, 15 December 2019

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Place: Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden, Lam Kam Road, Tai Po

Price: No entrance fee will be charged for the race. There will be a donation box at the registration counter and Kadoorie Farm hopes participants and the accompanying guests would donate HK$200 to support their Conservation and Education Programmes.

Please click this link for online registration.
For enquiries, please send e-mail to mr2019@kfbg.org or call Ms. Leung on 2483 7140 or Ms. Wong on 2483 7154.

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.

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Walk for Nature Birds and Beyond – 2-3 Nov

12 Sep


The annual Walk for Nature will be held for the 28th consecutive year at Hong Kong’s iconic Mai Po Nature Reserve! Recognised as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 1995, Mai Po Nature Reserve has been drawing observers since the 1940s and has become known as a bird paradise, with a total of 400 bird species recorded inside the Mai Po Inner Deep Bay wetlands, accounting for 75 per cent of the known bird species in Hong Kong. Among them are 35 species that are classified as worldwide endangered species. Walking along the set route around the reserve, participants not only enjoy the beautiful scenery, but they will also learn about the importance of conservation and how to develop a sustainable lifestyle by participating in a series of interactive challenges set up at various checkpoints. Walk for Nature is an ideal activity for families and friends, groups and anyone who wants to experience a relaxing and meaningful weekend!


While Mai Po Nature Reserve is famous for bird-watching, the unique wetland habitats attract rich biodiversity within the reserve, which is why this year’s theme is Birds & Beyond. At Walk for Nature, participants can glimpse some of the wetland’s nocturnal inhabitants, including bent-winged fireflies, Eurasian otters and the small leopard cat.

Through activities held along the walking route, participants learn about the importance of preserving biodiversity and conserving Hong Kong’s natural environment.

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

Date: 2-3 November 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)
*Participants can choose one date only

Time: 10:00 to 17:00
There will be nine time slots each day running consecutively at half-hour intervals from 10:00am-2pm. Participants can choose their preferred time slot during the registration process.

Place: Mai Po Nature Reserve

Information and Registration: For more information and to register, please follow this link to WWF’s website

Registration closing date: 18 October 2019

About WWF Hong Kong: Founded in 1981, WWF Hong Kong’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment, and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Lance x Eco Marine back to school cleanup @ Tung Chung Bay

8 Sep


Our coastlines need all the help we can muster! Invite your friends and family! Your participation and helping hand will be much appreciated!

Lance, a 10-year-old student and young climate activist, has joined forces with Keilem, founder of Eco Marine to host a coastal cleanup on Saturday 28 September 2019 at Tung Chung Bay (Hau Wong Temple and Mangrove Area) in North Lantau. The Tung Chung River and Tung Chung Bay are of high ecological value. Although close to much development, the area still boasts great biodiversity and is the home to many species of wildlife including horseshoe crabs, mudskippers and egrets. At the same time, this coastal area faces huge challenges, being opposite the airport and reclamation project for the third runway as well as the recently opened HK-Macau-Zhuhai bridge. Come to learn about this precious habitat for Hong Kong wildlife and do your part to protect this valuable space.

Who can join: This will be a family-friendly event for both children and adults! The cleanup site is an easy flat 20 minute walk from the Tung Chung MTR station, participants will need to be able to walk this distance comfortably. All children under 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Date: 28 September 2019

Time: 3-6pm
3:00 pm: Meet at Tung Chung MTR Exit A. Walk from MTR will take about 20 minutes
3:30 to 4:15pm Cleanup Briefing and Mangrove Cleanup
4:15 to 4:30pm Ecological Tour of Mangrove Area
4:30 to 5:15pm Continue Cleanup
5:15 to 5:30pm Tidy up, Debriefing and Group Photos
5:30 to 6:00pm Departure/Walk back to Tung Chung MTR

What to wear: Closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy (no sandals or flip flops as the wetland may have sharp dangerous items including oyster shells, broken glass, medical waste), comfortable clothes, hat. Long pants are recommended if you are prone to insect bites.

What to bring: Water (minimum 1000ml in a reusable container – Bonaqua/Watsons bottles etc. don’t count as reusable). Snacks if you are the hungry type (try to minimize one use packaging). Sunscreen and insect repellent (highly recommended). Small umbrella for shade or light rain. Eco Marine will provide gloves and rubbish bags. If you have your own gloves and or other equipment, please feel free to bring. Some useful tools are tongs and gardening shears.

Not allowed: No flip flops or open sandals during cleanup. No one-time use plastic bottles or food containers/wrappers

Other information: Adverse Weather: If rainstorm warning / typhoon signal 3 or higher is posted / very heavy rain this event will be cancelled and a new meet up time advised later. Please check weather conditions and any notices posted in the morning before leaving home.

For more information about Eco Marine please see links below:
http://www.ecomarinehongkong.org
http://www.facebook.com/ecomarine.hongkong

Register: To sign up for this cleanup, please follow this link to their Facebook event page and click on GOING.

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.

Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.

Our everyday choices and efforts matter.

Unlock your creativity to make a difference today.

Science of Climate Change – 18 Sept

6 Sep


At long last, climate change is at the forefront of policy agendas and citizens’ minds around the world. From every crisis in the environment lies an opportunity to increase awareness, urgency and action across governments, businesses and communities.

Here in Hong Kong, with so many environmental obstacles being structural and systemic, it’s often hard to find a starting point. The good news? We actually have quite a few expert minds in this field who produce high-quality research and represent Hong Kong internationally in this ecosystem.

SUSTAINHK is delighted to invite Prof. Robert Gibson and John Sayer, two of Hong Kong’s most seasoned climate experts, to share their expertise on the Science of Climate Change as well as discuss the important concept of just transition in Hong Kong and beyond.

Robert and John will also share their experiences and takeaways from COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in December 2018 – and present their most important research findings ahead of the U.N. Climate Action Summit 2019 on September 23rd, which they will be attending.

You’ll be learning about the scientific concepts behind carbon capture technology and other ideas and solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; just transition and climate action links to the social SDGs; policy activism and youth action; and many more important topics.

Bring your passion, curiosity and resolve, and join SUSTAINHK on September 18th at Ucommune Sheung Wan for an inspiring and important conversation.

Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Time: 7 – 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Place: Ucommune Sheung Wan, 11/F, Grand Millennium Plaza, 181 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan

Price: Free
To register please follow this link to EventBrite

About SUSTAINHK: SUSTAINHK is a platform focusing on industry-level conversations and exchanges, bringing together changemakers, influencers and the public to inspire awareness, dialogue and action.

SUSTAINHK is powered by the Hong Kong hub of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

WildAid Under the SEA Cocktail Party

31 Aug


Oct 26th, 2019 join WildAid‘s very first cocktail fundraiser in Hong Kong… where you will meet WildAid China Chief representative Steve Blake, along with their program staff in Asia, and hear about their programs and the work they do… especially with our Marine life programs!

The party will be held at Loft 22 at California Tower, thanks to the generous venue support from the Lan Kwai Fong Group’s Chairman, Mr. Allan Zeman.

Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, free-flow drinks, craft beer, canapés from Maison ES, delicious cupcakes from Baking Maniac, live entertainment with a special silent auction and raffle…

Buy a raffle ticket on the night and you will have a chance to win a 3-night stay at the beautiful Aleenta Resort in Phuket as well as many other prizes…

Dress Code :
Cocktail Attire

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Time:
VIP early access entrance | 6:15pm
General access entrance | 7:00pm
Program, Live Performance, Raffle and Silent Auction | 7:30 – 9:00pm
DJ & Dancing | 9 – 10:00pm

Place: LOFT 22, 22/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar St, Central

Price:
VIP access ticket | $1250 each ( Special goodies bag included )
General access ticket | $ 880 each
To buy your ticket please follow this link to EventBrite

For more information, please contact Eva Yoe at eva@wildaid.org
Stay tuned for more details… on WildAid’s Hong Kong Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WildAidHK/

About WildAid: The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar global industry largely driven by consumer demand in expanding economies. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on scientific studies and anti-poaching efforts, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and to increase local support for conservation efforts. WildAid also works with governments and partners to protect fragile marine reserves from illegal fishing and shark finning, to enhance public and political will for anti-poaching efforts, and to reduce climate change impacts.

Tigershead Coastal Plog & Cleanup 7km – 24 Aug

19 Aug


Join Eco Marineplogging‘ (a combination of jogging and picking up litter) on August 24th! Eco Marine Adventure Cleanup is collaborating with The Green Race and Exchange and Empower for a coastal trail cleanup ‘plog’ on the eastern shore of Silvermine Bay in Mui Wo from 2:00pm to around 5:00pm.

The event will share a start and finish in Silver Plaza, Mui Wo with the Tigershead GreenRace 16km route and ploggers and runners will be able to cheer each other on! Ploggers will jog/hike as a group or in a few groups whilst picking up rubbish on the trail/shoreline between the race start line, Silvermine Bay main beach to Man Kok. You will then turn around and head back to the start/finish area for a total distance of around 7km. Ploggers are expected to finish at around the same time as some of the 16km race participants and can share the finish area, drinks and snacks provided by The Green Race!

As an extra incentive, ploggers will receive 50% off a future race entry (discount worth ~HKD250) to one of the short course races hosted by The Green Race! The event will be raising funds for Exchange and Empower using the Bravera platform! Eco Marine strongly recommends that each participant raises a minimum of HKD200 with a goal to raise HKD8240 in total for the event. Please connect to Bravera via the link (to be provided later on their FB page) and ask your friends and family to support your plog and this fundraising effort!

Date: Saturday, 24 August 2020

Time: 1:45 – 5:30pm

Place: Silver Plaza,8 Chung Shing St, Mui Wo
https://goo.gl/maps/TWRK3HB6DZg6PKEE9

Transport: Ferry from Central Pier 6 or 3M bus from Tung Chung

What to Wear: Hiking/Sports clothes and shoes. Closed-toed shoes only. Sun hat and other sun protection like umbrella and sunscreen. Weather is expected to be hot.

What to Bring: A reusable container with at least 1 L of water and some snacks if you are the hungry type. Single-use plastic water and drink bottles like Bonaqua, Coke etc are prohibited. Try to minimize other single-use food wrapping/packaging as well. Also bring sunscreen, mosquito spray and possibly a change of clothes. Eco Marine will provide gloves and small-sized rubbish bags suitable for plogging. Feel free to bring your own gloves and tongs.

Signup: Please follow this link to their Facebook page, click GOING if you will join them. If you use Strava please also sign up at the link below (to be provided at a later date in comments on their FB page) to connect to Bravera to help raise funds for the event.

Disclaimer: By joining this event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the event leaders, the organizers and any other participants in the event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Volunteers joining the event are at their own choosing and at their own risk.

Full disclaimer can be found on Eco Marine’s Facebook page

About Eco Marine: Eco Marine envisions a society where nature and modern urban life thrive.
Their mission is to inspire greater appreciation and guardianship of nature and to catalyse action for integrating this mindset into all aspects of contemporary urban life.
Everyday choices and efforts matter.
Unlock your creativity to make a difference today.

KFBG Nature Education Volunteer Training Programme 2019

19 Jul

Objective
The goal of the Nature Education Volunteer Training Programme is to equip people who want to make contributions to environmental education at KFBG.

Overview
KFBG provides a series of experiential activities and nature walks, developed by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) education specialists. In this training programme, participants will gain environmental knowledge, and interpretation and facilitation skills. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of mindfulness and art activities to increase well-being from a holistic perspective.

Content
Introduction to:
* KFBG Education Programmes
* Fauna Conservation Programmes
* Flora Conservation Programmes
* Environmental Interpretation and Facilitation Skills
* Environmental Art Activities
* Mindfulness Programmes and Practices
* Talks and On-going Training Sessions

Target Group
People who are…
* Aged 18 to 63 (retired citizens, working people, and students are welcome)
* Nature lovers
* Willing to commit as a volunteer for education programmes
* Able to work in an outdoor environment
* Able to present and communicate clearly and in an engaging way
* Able to speak fluent Cantonese and basic English
* Able to attend all six-day trainings

Training Dates (Tuesdays 0900 – 1700)
10 September 2019
17 September 2019
24 September 2019
8 October 2019
15 October 2019
22 October 2019

Commitment
Applicants must commit to complete at least 60 hours voluntary service between October 2019 and December 2020 to KFBG educational activities to help fellow citizens. Many people do much more, over many years.

Deposit
It costs KFBG a lot to train volunteers. A deposit of HK$1,000 is required. The total amount will be refunded if the whole training course and committed volunteer service are completed on or before 31 December 2020.

Application
Please submit an online application form at https://volunteerapplication.kfbg.org/en/form4 on or before 4 August 2019.

An invitation to attend interview will be emailed to selected applicants on or before 11 August 2019, otherwise the application can be considered as not selected for training. All personal data of non-selected candidates will be deleted after six months.

No. of Participants
40

Enquiry
education@kfbg.org
2483 7284 Ms. Lau / 2483 7107 Ms. Hung

About Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG): 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 forests, 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 1960s onwards, and through planting, natural process and protection from fire, what was once barren scrubland is now mature forest.