The Latest ASRI Field Trips

ASRI Kids Planting Trees Together

“The last rule is to have fun,” said Amat, a member of ASRI's Planetary Health Education Staff, standing in front of 29 students of ASRI Kids, all eagerly waiting to leave for their field trip.

ASRI Kids showing their knowledge | Photo: Oka Nurlaila

Not only did they succeed in following that very important rule, they gained new knowledge and new experience through their trip to the reforestation area in Laman Satong Village.

The day began at eight in the morning, when students boarded the bus and arrived a few hours later at the reforestation area. ASRI Kids were given a tour of the nursery by Ihsan, the reforestation coordinator. He explained the importance of seedlings, reforestation, and trees.

ASRI Kids eagerly contribute to reforestation | Photo: Oka Nurlaila

After much anticipation, the kids were finally able to plant seedlings together in Gunung Palung National Park. The excitement of being able to plant a tree by themselves can easily be seen on their eager faces.

After a morning of lots of learning and hard work, the ASRI Kids enjoyed lunch in the Goa Maria area, a calm place with lush, green trees.

ASRI Kids enjoy some lunch after a morning of hard work and fun | Photo: Oka Nurlaila

ASRI Teens Visit Orangutan Clinic

Ten teenagers who have joined ASRI Teens Bekantan were so excited to embark on their field trip to the International Animal Rescue (IAR) and city forest in Ketapang.

ASRI Teens outside the International Animal Rescue center | Photo: Oka Nuraila

ASRI Teens learned about the ecological importance of orangutans and other primates at IAR.

“Before, I only knew the orangutan as a protected animal. But after I visited IAR, I know that we protect them because they are an umbrella species. Orangutan spread the seeds of grains and fruits,” said Sartika, while we rest inside a hut.

Save The Orangutans flyer | Photo: Oka Nuraila

Next, the ASRI Teens explored a city forest called “Teluk Akar Bergantung” in Ketapang. This forest covers 106 Hectares and is teeming with biodiversity. One animal who calls this forest home is a big gibbon named Mona. She made sure to welcome the ASRI Teens with her trademark, "Huuu, huuu, hu."

ASRI Teens learning about orangutans' importance to biodiversity | Photo: Oka Nuraila

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