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A Journey to the Last Frontier

Houses of Primary Explore the last Critical Habitat in the Region, The Las Piñas Parañaque Wetland Park

by Lawrence Buck

In a unique and enriching educational experience, the Primary students from both the English and German sections embarked on a memorable trip to "The Last Frontier," the first critical habitat proclaimed in the Philippines. This remarkable location also holds the distinction of being the last wetland park for migratory birds in the National Capital Region. The children had an opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, learn about environmental conservation, and witness first-hand the impact of pollution on our natural world.


The adventure began with the children exploring the island's diverse ecosystems. Guided by the Society for the Conservation of Wetland Park teachers, the young explorers were introduced to the rich biodiversity of the area. They observed various species of birds and plants,  gaining a deeper understanding of the delicate balance that sustains these ecosystems. The visit to the island also included a tour of the Wetland Park Museum. The exhibits highlighted the importance of wetlands in supporting migratory bird populations and preserving biodiversity.

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the boardwalk surrounded by mangroves. As the children walked through this serene environment, they noticed a significant drop in temperature. The cool air provided a stark contrast to the heat of the city, illustrating the natural cooling effects of mangrove forests. Many children remarked on the calming influence of nature, with some reminiscing about their Early Years song, "Walking Through the Jungle."

We hope that the trip to LPPWP left a lasting impression on the students that they now are more aware of their role in protecting the environment and the consequences of neglecting this responsibility. This educational adventure was more than just a field trip; it was a transformative experience that inspired visitors to the island to become advocates for the environment. By witnessing the beauty and fragility of nature first-hand, the students developed a profound appreciation for the natural world and a commitment to preserving it for future generations. It is our hope that they will carry this knowledge and passion forward, influencing others to be more responsible and mindful of our environment.


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