Author: nhmtammy

NIHA at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

The outreach and education team of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum had the privileged of hosting a group of health leaders from various countries. The participants were in Singapore for the 2015 NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia (NIHA) Leadership Development Program.

Biodiversity and ecology play an important role not only in the natural sciences but also in health science. Our outreach and education team took this opportunity to showcase the wild side of Singapore to our foreign friends at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

With health science being the theme of this specially customised guided walk, we covered topics such as zoonoses, the potential role of migratory birds and other animals in the transmission of diseases, medical properties found in our plants, as well as the role of nature in promoting one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Even the intermittent showers did not dampen our spirits. Photo by Marcus Chua.

Even the intermittent showers did not dampen our spirits. Photo by Marcus Chua.

Here are our participants, healthier and happier, after the nature walk. Photo by Marcus Chua.

Here are our participants, healthier and happier, after the nature walk. Photo by Marcus Chua.

If you too would like to customise a special programme for your group, please contact us at nhmlearning@nus.edu.sg. You can also find out more about our outreach and education programmes on our website.

Programmes for Corporate Groups

The outreach and education team at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum conducts programmes not just for school groups, but also for public and corporate groups.

Earlier this year, we explored the mangroves at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve with the folks from the General Insurance Association (GIA). The group consisted of the very young and the not so young, but everybody enjoyed immersing themselves in nature and learning about our local flora and fauna just the same. Some lucky participants even managed to spot a crocodile!

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General Insurance Association (GIA) at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Photo courtesy of GIA.

We also organized a special trip for the attendees of the International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling (ICMCF) conference held here in Singapore. We brought our friends from foreign lands to Pulau Ubin, where they got to see, smell and even taste some of our herbs and ‘exotic’ fruits. Away from the hustle and bustle that Singapore is often associated with, they got to experience what much of Singapore was like in the 1970s, the laid-back tranquility of kampong life, and our tropical mangrove and secondary forest.

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Trip to Pulau Ubin for the International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling (ICMCF). Photos by John Wei.

Even as we prepare for the new museum’s opening, our programmes are still ongoing. So come explore nature with us!

To find out more about our programmes, please contact Ms Tammy Lim (nhmlimt@nus.edu.sg).