Volunteering to plant trees helps kids learn about forest sustainability as well as about our forests and our plants, and what better place to do that than with an organisation who have been working to conserve Malaysia’s natural heritage and provide environmental education for the last seven decades.
Malaysia Nature Society (MNS)
The Malaysia Nature Society Urban Community Forest, located in Bukit Persekutuan in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, offers children the opportunity to plant trees and learn about the forests and flora of Malaysia.
Before the kids get outside there is a short educational talk about the importance of forests and their decline due to deforestation.
Getting your hands dirty
After the talk the children are taken outside and equipped with water bottles, gloves and spades for re-planting. It is advisable to wear waterproof or wellington boots.
Each child is able to choose two small plants to be planted in the forest. The guide leads the kids to a designated planting area and along the path talks about the different plants, flowers and trees that can be found in the forest.
Be prepared for a small stream for the kids to play in on the way back from planting the trees. It’s all part of getting back to nature and a real bonus for the kids.
Before the end of the adventure the kids are asked to fill as many poly bags with soil as they can. An activity that may have most adults shaking their heads, but, believe it or not, great fun for the kids.
The most important thing is that kids can have fun while learning that with only a little effort they can make a large contribution to the forest.
If you or your kids are interested in volunteering, then visit the Malaysia Nature Society, or call them for an appointment.
To find out more about getting the kids into Malaysian rain forests read here about Belum Rainforest or Taman Negara.
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