The Urban and Biodiversity Research Development and Extension Center (UBRDEC) of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) facilitated a four-day tour for the senior high school students of the Talipan National High School.
The study cum exposure tour was held last February 15-16 and 21-22. The activity introduced the students to the functions of UBRDEC specifically on research, development and extension.
UBRDEC Center Head For. Gregorio Santos Jr. facilitated the briefings during the tour, challenging the students to advocate and pool their efforts for taking care of the environment while they are still young.
The tour included interactive activities and topics such as the demonstration of macro-somatic clonal propagation of individual plus trees; an informative walkthrough of UBRDEC’s “Healing Garden” containing plants and trees of medicinal value; introduction to the methods of seed processing; introduction to laboratory equipment and protocols in the Forest Tree Center and the Soil and Water Laboratory; production of an environment-themed short video, a short-quiz contest; and a culmination activity, where the students were asked to share their reflections for the educational tour.
“It was a worthwhile experience, as the students enjoyed and appreciated their experience here”, Mrs. Ellen Joy Trinidad of TNHS added, “this is also a testament to the fact that learning is not caged to the four corners of the classroom”. For. David Ivan T. Malinao, UBRDEC