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SUN Club goes to Punggol Promenade

“Are there elephants on Coney Island?”

“Is it okay if I go swim with the dragons in Serangoon River?”

These were the daunting questions posed to four Park Connecter Network (PCN) volunteers on 22 March 2012, where more than sixty students from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) Towner Gardens School were discovering the less-trodden side of Singapore, along park connectors in the north east.

Part of the Special projects to Understand Nature (SUN) Club programme, the first and only nature appreciation programme tailor-made for children with special needs, the tour started at Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk, downstream along Sungei Serangoon, and across the Lorong Halus bridge to Lorong Halus Wetland.

Along the route, students were treated to a range of educational experiences, ranging from the knowledge of park connectors, smelling of the leaves of tea trees, learning about the functions of mulching as well as dye in flowers.

Throughout the morning and afternoon sessions, students were also able to spot flora and fauna unique to the waterside vicinity such as lallang, kingfishers and even eagles.

The students had various takeaways from their relatively brief visit to Punggol – not to mention heaps of fun. Many were reluctant to head back to school at the end of the tour. Not only did the students leave with new knowledge to share with the folks back home, they also left a mark on the hearts of the four PCN staff, one that would bring back fond memories.

Reproduced with permission from NParks

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Initiated by NParks and sponsored by SPH Foundation, the SUN Club programme is founded on the idea of ‘nature for everyone’. It offers tailor-made nature appreciation tours of the various parks and nature reserves for special needs children to enjoy and participate fully in. Special schools who are interested to give their students the SUN Club experience are welcomed to get in touch via email at info@sbwr.org.sg or call 67941401.

 

 

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