A Nature Field Trip For KDU Students

Half of the group of students being briefed by nature guide 1 in the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia.  The other group of students having an introduction to FRIM by nature guide 2. 
Some of the students pose for the camera in the middle of their nature walk.   
In order to get students exposed to the nature scene, KDU’s Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) had organised an eco-industry visit to the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). The visiting group was comprised of students from different study programmes, mainly from the main campus in Utropolis Glenmarie.

Following the itinerary planned by FRIM’s own nature guides, KDU students actually took more than 3 hours to complete the entire trip. The objective of this activity was to educate students on the current research efforts that are being done right here in Malaysia and to expose them to the wide variety of plants and wildlife that FRIM have.

The visiting route started off at their fish pond where the students managed to see the nature guide feed their gigantic fish known as Arapaima. According to the nature guide, the fish has been with them for over 10 years and is capable of growing up to 2 metres in length and could weigh up to 100kg.

From the fish pond, students were guided to the research gallery in which they saw many different items being displayed such as infographics on the types of mushrooms and herbs, to olden day machines that our ancestor used in their daily lives before modern technology was invented.

What was important to note however was the different types of wood and the characteristics that make them unique such as the darker the colour of the wood, the heavier it is. The nature guides also explained that trees with lighter wood grow substantially faster than dark, heavy trees, some of which can grow as slow as 2-3cm per year. All around the gallery spanned the longest root any of the young students had ever seen, measuring up to 65 metres in length.

The programme concluded with a 3km nature walk in which students got to see for themselves the different types of trees and the kind of wood they each produce. It took about 90 minutes to complete and ended at the picnic area where they finally departed.

From their feedbacks, the organiser could see students actually enjoyed the trip although some of them found the nature walk was a bit exhausting. A participating-student by the name of Md Nazmul Hasan said, “We should honestly have more activities like this. It’s different from the rest and we actually get to learn and experience something new.”