Students get up-close with nature

Writer: Basil Foo Published: Fri, 27 Apr 2012

SHAH ALAM: Sixty students from 15 primary schools learnt about environmental conservation with the Green Pioneer Programme 2012 last Wednesday April 25.

They were bussed to the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) tree nursery in Section 17 and learnt how to germinate, water, and care for plants.

“They also learnt about orchids since Shah Alam is also known as the Orchid City,” said MBSA Park and Recreation Department director Mohd Tahir Man.

A visit to the Shah Alam Lake Gardens saw the children learn about the history of the site and the importance of keeping it clean for the enjoyment of all.

Their final stop was at the State Secretariat Forest Park where the students had a chance to plant their own trees.

Speakers at the event included Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) official Ahmad Azaruddin Mohd Noor, Orchid Society of Selangor and Federal Territory representative Lee Nam Fook, and Malaysia Agriculture Park official Mohammad Gaddafi Denis.

Another two similar outings will be held with another 120 students from 30 schools on July 11 and Sept 26.

The Green Pioneer Program is in its fourth installment since its inception in 2009 and aims to instill appreciation for the environment in youths.

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