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Begawan Learning Centre students delve into the importance of biodiversity and its profound influence on both human and animal life. Biodiversity not only ensures the efficient operation of ecosystems that provide essential services like clean water, pollination and climate regulation but also serves as a source of potential innovations in fields such as medicine and agriculture. 

Facilitators provide guidance to students prior to commencing the activities.

Nurturing Native Plants at the Secret Forest

As part of our commitment to conserving biodiversity, we introduced our students to the nurturing and conservation of native plants through a short trip to the Secret Forest in Payangan. Here, numerous indigenous plants thrive, deeply connected to local ecosystems and cultures, serving as custodians of biodiversity and cultural heritage. Such experiences empower our students to become environmental stewards, fostering a profound bond with nature that will guide them towards a more sustainable future.

Students searching for the names of plants based on the map.

Divided into three groups and guided by a plant map, our students eagerly embarked on a quest to locate designated plants that had been marked beforehand. These plants are spread across three expansive areas: the pool area, the courtyard area and the garden area, each of which boasts a diverse array of native plants. 

The Journey to the Secret Forest

Exploring the landscape, the students spotted the marked plants. Their observations extended beyond leaf shapes and colours, encompassing intricate root structures, flowers, fruits, and captivating textures that adorn these remarkable plants. Guided by the plant map, each group took on the responsibility of affixing informative plaques to the identified plants, gaining insights into the identity and characteristics of each species.

Once they locate the plant, they firmly place the sign into the ground.

During this expedition, our students delved into the world of botanical nomenclature, acquainting themselves with scientific, English, Indonesian and local names of the plants. For example, the Helminthostachys Zeylanica, scientifically known as Entada phaseoloides (L.) Merr., possesses Indonesian names such as Tunjuk Langit and Pancar Bumi. Many other native plants were identified, including Baccaurea racemosa, Croya, Magnolia, Stelechocarpus burahol, Teak, Lily Of The Valley, veneer, and Ylang-ylang. Approximately 50 plants were identified and observed that day, showcasing diverse growth forms, from fruit-bearing to woody and shrubby varieties.

Students enjoy their time at the Secret Forest after the activities.

Enriching Holistic Development

Beyond the realm of mere plant identification, this activity fostered an invaluable lesson in teamwork and cooperation. The students engaged in lively discussions, shared insights into plant characteristics, efficiently divided tasks, and collaboratively navigated the forest using the plant map. As we reflect on this enriching field trip, we are reminded of the profound impact of hands-on learning on our students holistic development. We eagerly anticipate embarking on more such adventures, each igniting curiosity and nurturing a lifelong love for learning.

At the conclusion of the activities, students gather in a circle and review what they have learned that day.
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