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September 2011
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A Youthful Summer for Eco-fun - Youth Camps at Taiwan's National Parks
Interview & Text / Hsin-hua Lian、Jun-pei Xia
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  • upperChildren were going outdoors and joining the Youth Camps organized by the national parks. /Provided by KTNP Headquarters

  • lower leftlower right In planning the activities, it is of the utmost importance to allow children to learn while having fun./Provided by KTNP Headquarters

Summer vacation is a perfect time for students to enjoy
a break away from the rigors of schoolwork and get close to the Nature. In order for young children to have fun while learning in the summer time, and to instill the idea of ecological and environmental protection, the national parks in Taiwan have been organizing such meaningful events as Youth Camps. It is hoped that through their close encounter
with mountains, waters and the ocean, children can develop passion for the Nature and have a lasting memory for such meaningful events.

Kenting National Park (KTNP):Combined Experience of Ecology and Culture

As a perfect summer getaway, KTNP featured its beautiful ocean, dazzling scenery and rich history in its Youth Camp. On the first day participants were put in the waters and were guided by the LNT(Leave No Trace)-certified

instructors to do canoe orienteering, a sport that has been quite popular abroad and catching on in Taiwan. Participants had to use a map and a compass to navigate from one control point to another, based on their own routes. The fastest team that went through all points won.

In such process, children got to appreciate the spectacular ocean view, but what's more important was that from the planning of the routes to the implementaion of all activities, everything was done in such a way as to minimize the impact to the environment.

When the night came, kids went for an observation of
land crabs at the Gangkou River, where the species of the land crabs were the most diverse in the world.

  • upperThe canoe skill training brought children closer to the ocean. /Provided by KTNP Headquarters


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