The Nature Explorers’ Programme is an education initiative of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, supported by River Valley High School and the West Zone of Excellence for Science and Technology, and sponsored by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
The objective of this programme is to nurture young naturalists, to cultivate in them a curiosity about the natural world and to develop their scientific and creative thinking, all while having fun.
This year a total of 299 students from 14 primary schools, 13 secondary schools and some homeschoolers took part in our Nature Explorers’ Programme. The Nature Explorers took part in a hands-on workshop at RMBR and an exploratory walk at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. They were also tasked to do a nature journal for which they have to complete a number of nature observation and exploratory activities.
The top 30 Nature Explorers were given the opportunity to go on a fully-sponsored 4D/3N field studies camp conducted at Telunas Beach Resort from 4 to 7 September 2012. The budding naturalists explored the coastline by day and ventured onto the intertidal shore by night. They also got the chance to overcome their fear of the creepy crawlies, setting out among the tall grasses armed with insect nets, to find out what’s there. Equipped with a curious mind and with the knowledge of the various habitats and the organisms living in each, they were constantly questioning what they observe. With these questions in mind, the nature explorers were ready to seek an answer, and so off they went to conduct a field research project. The camp came to a close with them proudly presenting their research findings in the most entertaining and creative of ways.