The Extraordinary Ordinary Earth @ Fraser’s Hill

After months of lockdown, are you like us – craving to breathe deep lungfuls of pure, fresh air; move freely in green, open spaces; and feast our senses on the natural beauty and myriad wildlife of a pristine forest, while being guided by nature professionals? Come join us in this unique 3D/2N nature immersion programme co-created with our 11 year-old son for families to learn and play together in nature. Our friend and guest zoologist, Mary-Ruth, will also guide us to spot special wildlife (when she is not criss-crossing the country for her conservation work).

Dates:
Friday, 22 January to Sunday, 24 January 2021
Friday, 29 January to Sunday, 31 January 2021
Friday, 26 February to Sunday, 28 February 2021

Itinerary:
DAY 1
2 p.m. Check in. Free and easy.
6 p.m. Dinner.
7.30 p.m. Meet your guides and briefing.

DAY 2
6.30 a.m. Moth-watching (weather permitting).
7.30 a.m. Breakfast.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Extraordinary Ordinary Forest Programme.

  • This programme beckons inquisitive detectives to solve the mystery of the growing city, the shrinking forest and the surprising pandemic.
  • Young and older minds will team up to investigate how a forest supports a city in an immersive hike in beautiful Fraser’s Hill, home to one of the most pristine forests in Malaysia.
  • Your family will be given quizzes and riddles that point to clues in the forest. Different families then compare clues to solve the mystery together.
  • Your hosts will unveil fascinating secrets in nature that solve real-life human problems through the exciting, emerging science of biomimicry.
  • Everyone will leave with more wonder and wisdom for the nature in and around our city, and learn the secret to living well with nature. Covid-19 will make more sense!

12 p.m. Own lunch. Free and easy.
6 p.m. Dinner.

DAY 3
6.30 a.m. Moth-watching (weather permitting).
7.30 a.m. Breakfast.
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Extraordinary Ordinary Earth Programme.

  • An original programme full of hands-on fun and eye-opening science-based activities that will tickle your senses and unveil surprising secrets of nature that we take for granted or consider mundane.
  • Step into the real-life, real-science story of NASA’s exploration to planet Mars and learn what Mars can teach us about the wonders of Earth.
  • Learn the basics of growing food and take home a growing kit. You will receive post-event support to grow your edible plants from seedling to harvest.
  • Learn complexity thinking to solve real-world problems in an increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world by understanding how Earth’s life support systems interconnect with each other.
  • Parent/guardian and child will buddy up to learn about the wonders of Earth together in a special time of bonding.

12 p.m. Check out.

Accommodation: 3D2N @MCM Nature Discovery Villa by Stephen’s Place, Fraser’s Hill (https://www.mcmoutdoorcenter.com/).

Meals: 2x breakfast and 2x dinner (all Halal and deliciously home-cooked).

Rooms: A family room fits up to 6 pax. Each room has a queen bed, 2 single bunk beds plus 2 extra mattresses if required. Each family gets your own room.

Fee:
Fee includes two nature programmes as per itinerary, 3D2N accommodation, two breakfasts, two dinners, an interactive activity book, a take-home food growing kit and post-event growing support, and precious family time of learning and playing in nature.
RM580 per adult, RM450 per child for a family room for 2 adults and 2 children.
RM580/adult, RM440/child for 2 adults, 3 children.
RM580/adult, RM430/child for 2 adults, 4 children.
RM600/adult, RM500/child for 2 adults, 1 child.

Note: This trip will only proceed when there are at least 3 families signed up.

Registration: Call or Whatsapp Ken 013-2870711.

About your guides:
Ken has worked in conservation with WWF and corporate sustainability with Earthworm Foundation for the past 7 years. He draws from these experiences as well as from hands-on gardening with his wife, Shirene, in their food garden to create imaginative, experiential and multidisciplinary nature education programmes for families and organisations. Ken loves teaching and sharing the joy and wonder he discovers in nature. He is seeking to educate youth in building sustainable futures for all, especially since Covid-19 has highlighted the urgent need for human societies to thrive within nature’s boundaries.

Mary-Ruth works as a conservation scientist with local research NGO, Rimba, where she studies fruit bat pollinators. She studied and worked at the National University of Singapore from 2009-2013, before joining the Singapore Zoo to coordinate local wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release in 2016-2018, before returning home to Malaysia. She has a soft spot for snakes, snails and slugs; enjoys sewing tapir plushies, as well as the company of fellow human beans (cue: Roald Dahl). She is also the author of the children’s book “Hidden Creatures”.

Testimonials:
“A special time that my son and I cherish. We had an extraordinary experience through simple, ordinary activities. These activities give me ideas on how I can spend time meaningfully with my boys. The intentionality of the programme for parent-child bonding is excellent. Your programme has an unconventional approach to learning that expands thinking, sparks a desire to learn more and increases appreciation for our precious Earth.” Karen”

Highly recommended way to spend a Saturday morning! My family enjoyed ourselves, picked up bits of terrestrial and cosmic knowledge, and gained a deeper appreciation of how special planet Earth is and why we need to take much better care of it. The variety of activities is fun and gives a good momentum.” Hwok-Aun

“We learned many new and wondrous things about Earth’s ecosystem and biodiversity that shows how our beautiful earth is undoubtedly best designed to have life and sustain it. We want to preserve and enhance what we have on Earth. I have been enjoying doing that for a while now thanks to Shirene our Agriculturist. Let’s get learning more. Thanks for the day… my son and I truly enjoyed it.” Lynette

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