Category Archives: Mossy Forest Visits and Reforestation
Below are the pictures of the Mossy Forest and Biodiversity Activity on the 26th of September 2016 for Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent Tanah Rata. The programme was supervised by Miss Melody Woon , our regular volunteer. As evident by the pictures, the students and teachers had a good time and they learnt a lot about the mossy forest from our guide Mr Satya.
Filling up the questionaires
by Ng Sue Sze
The tour to the Mossy forest and the reforestation program was participated by 24 standard 6 students and two teachers from SJK (C) Bertam Valley, 3 volunteers, which included me and our facilitator from REACH, Melody. It was a rainy morning. Before we departed, we were given questionnaires to test our understanding of the importance of the Mossy forest.
The journey up to the watchtower, which is the highest point of Gunung Brinchang forest was quite winding. Luckily our tour guide drove steadily and we reached our destination safely. When we reached the watchtower, the scenery around us was misty due to the rain. Despite being misty, windy and chilly, we managed to clamber up the watchtower safely with the students and was able to snap a few decent pictures of the misty view. However, we had to take extra precaution because the staircase up to the tower was very steep.
Our next point was jungle trekking at the primary forest of the Mossy forest. Before we entered the forest, our tour guide, Uncle Francis and Melody did a good job by explaining the importance of the Mossy forest. The Mossy forest is named thus because the tree trunks and branches in the forest are covered with moss. Since the weather in Cameron is humid and damp, the moss would capture/absorb the moisture in the air which accumulated becomes one of the main sources of water to the locals. It was quite interesting to know that, the Mossy forest is the oldest mossy forest in the world and it even existed during the time of the dinosaurs. Although it was still drizzling, all the students were able to complete the boardwalk safely. A few scenes in the forest gave us the feeling of being on the set of “The Lord of the Rings” because of the mist. It was a beautiful trail.
22nd September 2016 – Today was a day of fun, out in the sun for 15 students and teachers from Bertam Valley Chinese Primary School. This is the time of the year when our programmes for local school children take off. Examinations seem miles away and the mountains beckon. As always it was great to take these youngsters for a visit to our highlands and see through their eyes the beauty of our forests. Everything is interesting to them and their energy abounds. There are more groups to come and it is indeed a pleasure to impart to them the importance of forest conservation.
We are pleased to announce that with the completion of the Standard 6 UPSR exams , more schools are able to participate in our programmes. Our mossy forest visits and biodiversity centre programmes are sponsored by CIMB bank, while our Community Stream Investigation and English based Environmental programmes are sponsored by HRH Tunku Imran and Mr Paul Chuah.
1.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SK Ringlet & SK Brinchang ;No of pax 29;Completed
20.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax: 20 Completed
21.9.16 Community Stream Investigation; SJKC Kea farm ; No of Pax: Whole school; Completed
22.9.16 Mossy forest tour and Bio-D Activity; SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax : 20;Pick up Point: Completed
26.9.16 Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D activity; SK Convent; No of Pax: 32;Pick up Point : Tanah Rata Pasar Minggu site Completed
27.9.16 : Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D Activity; SJKT Tanah Rata ; No of Pax: 15 ; Pick up Point: Tanah Rata pasar minggu site Completed
27.9.16 English based Environmental Programme;SK KgRaja 10.30 to 12.30 pm ;Participants: Whole school Completed
4.10.16 Community Stream Investigation; SK Convent; No of pax: 32 Completed
5.10.16 English Based Environmental Programme;SJKC Tanah Rata; No of pax: 80 Completed
18.10.16 Community Stream Investigation ; SJKC Cameron : 30 pax
11.11.16 Mossy Forest Visit and Bio D Activity; SJKC Tanah Rata;To be confirmed
by Wilfred Calder-Potts
Though initial contact was slow, (both on my and REACH’s side), after a few weeks I managed to arrange a few weeks of volunteering through Aseema. After arriving at Cameron Highlands I met with Aseema and Dr Liau in a coffee shop. We talked about our ideas and decided that I would spend my time teaching at a local school and helping Dr Liau (Doc) with his reforestation project. The next day Aseema picked me up and we went to the school, where we met the headmistress. We decided that I could teach physics. For the next few days I went around the area with Doc, talking his dog for a walk, exploring the surroundings, and looking for the species of tree we wanted to plant in the reforestation area. On Monday I went back to the school to iron out the details of my teaching with the head science teacher. Doc and I also ended up giving an impromptu lesson to a group of 17-18 year olds, which went pretty well in the end considering we hadn’t done any preparation! The following day I taught a physics lesson to two separate classes of 17 year olds. The head science teacher asked me if I could teach the same two classes 4 days a week, and after checking with Doc I agreed.
16th July 2016- 20 students and teachers from SJKC Brinchang had an enjoyable time at Gunung Brinchang on the 12 th July 2016,learning about our highland forests. Satya, Melody and Geogina were the facilitators.