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On 28 April, the Flowerbud group from Begawan Learning Centre, consisting of preschool and grade 1 students, took a field trip to Begawan’s permaculture garden and rice fields, to witness firsthand how a healthy and sustainable environment nurtures the growth of plants and animals. Here’s what happened during their exciting day out.

Students arrived at the  garden by crossing the Subak water filter bridge
Students arrived at the  garden by crossing the Subak water filter bridge

Exploring the Permaculture Garden

The students explored the permaculture garden, trying to identify the plants, writing down their names, and drawing them on paper. They learned about different plant species and their uses while appreciating the beautiful garden.

Students explored the garden by walking on the border embankments
Students explored the garden by walking on the border embankments

Next, they visited the animal section, where they saw ducks, chickens, snails, fish and bees. The students learned about their different  habitats and behaviour. They even counted how many they could spot, which was a fun way to learn about the different animals.

Students observing our Peking ducks
Students observing our Peking ducks

From there, the students made their way to the rice fields, where they participated in a fun activity that involved walking and running while being mindful of the narrow paths and coordinating their steps. This experience allowed them to focus on their balance, coordination and motor skills.

Using Binoculars to Observe Distant Objects

During the field trip, the students were given the opportunity to use binoculars to take a closer look at distant objects. Their first challenge was to locate free-flying Bali Starlings, but unfortunately, they did not spot any. Nonetheless, they still enjoyed using the binoculars to observe other objects in the distance. 

Students trying to spot birds
Students trying to spot birds 

After a long walk and play in the rice fields, the students took a break at our Lumbung, a traditional Balinese rice barn with a stunning view. As they conversed and shared snacks with each other, the students expressed their enthusiasm for the field trip and their desire to go on more adventures. Many of the students want to revisit the permaculture garden and rice fields, and some even suggested the idea of camping near the rice fields.

Students writing the names of plants in the garden
Students writing the names of plants in the garden

Inspiring Love for Nature

This field trip was an awesome way for the students to connect what they learned in the classroom to the real world and understand the importance of keeping our environment healthy. They saw firsthand how a healthy environment supports the growth of plants and animals, and how crucial it is to take care of the environment. This trip inspired the students to love nature more! (Desy)



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