THE HABITAT RAINFOREST EXPLORER PROGRAMME

The Habitat Penang Hill is perfectly placed to serve as an outdoor classroom for children of all ages to learn about the natural world. Our nature trails and canopy walkways afford the opportunity for memorable encounters and unique perspectives of the plants and animals of the forest canopy as well as the forest floor.

To optimise the potential for learning in the forest environment, we are proud to offer our very own Habitat Rainforest Explorer Programme. This is a specially-designed resource for Scientific Field Exploration to complement the teaching and learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). There are five modules in the Programme and each has been customized for specific age groups, from ages 4 to 17.

Beginning with the first module which provides a companion for pre-schoolers exploring the forest habitat, the modules increase in depth and complexity as they invite students to learn about ecology and natural ecosystems.

The Habitat Penang Hill provides educators a safe yet stimulating setting for the outdoor component for topics covered in the school curricula. Learning becomes a breeze as students immerse themselves in the forest under the guidance of our Environmental Education team.

The Habitat Rainforest Explorer programme provides a springboard to engaging with more and more sophisticated topics as students continue to visit the rainforest over their school career.

MODULE 1: MY RAINFOREST

Kindergarten kids ages 4-5 years old. Children will be encouraged to describe their sensory experience with appropriate vocabulary and learn about the basic needs for animals to survive in their rainforest habitat.


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MODULE 2: LIFE IN THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST I

This encourage students to work scientifically by asking simple questions, identifying and classifying things they observe as they explore the rainforest.


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MODULE 3: LIFE IN THE TROPICAL RAINFOREST II

This is to encourage students to work scientifically by recognising that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. To learn about the fascinating ways different organisms have adapted to live in the rainforest habitat.


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MODULE 4: PRACTICAL FIELDWORK – SOIL ECOLOGY

Students will identify the major producers (trees) contributing to the supply of soil organic matter and major decomposers (soil organisms) responsible for the cycling of nutrients and energy in the ecosystem.


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MODULE 5: PRACTICAL FIELD SURVEY – PLANT POPULATION ECOLOGY

Objective: To develop students’ skills in conducting field surveys to document abiotic components (soil pH, ambient temperature & humidity) and biotic components (population of plants) in a study plot.


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