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The Special Projects to Understand Nature’ (SUN) Club programme has come a long way since it was first launched 2006.

Founded on the idea of ‘nature for everyone’, it is the first nature outreach programme for students with special needs. The programme is sponsored by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation and initiated by National Parks Board (NParks).

SUN Club offers nature appreciation projects that these special needs children can enjoy and participate fully in.

Under the programme, field trips are organised to parks and nature reserves to allow these students from special schools to have more opportunities to understand and appreciate nature. They are also involved in interactive activities during the trips, as they learn to make simple items through art & craft.

The programme started in 2006 with nature trails to Pulau Ubin, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, benefiting some 500 students.

Due to overwhelming response, the following years saw the programme expanded with 50% more field trips. More locations were also added, including Pasir Ris, East Coast Park and Fort Canning Park.

In 2011, Sun Club expanded to include all parks in the programme, allowing the students to experience a wide range of flora and fauna in the different parks in Singapore.

Currently, an average of 60 trips per year are organised, benefiting about 1,200 special needs children.

 

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