TODAY: A network for nature lovers

TODAY published this news story on the National Parks Board’s (NParks) plans to start a network called Community in Nature, for people interested in nature oriented activities.

A network for nature lovers

The National Parks Board (NParks) is starting a network for Singaporeans keen on nature conservation. Individuals, community groups and organisations can sign up to take part in nature awareness activities like photography and bird watching.

Called Community in Nature (CIN), there will also be more hands-on activities like plant salvaging and reforestation.

“I think it will certainly enrich the lives of Singaporeans, especially the young who are just spending time at gaming parlours and playing with their X-Box. Get them out of the house, go and walk, and get them a lot healthier and ready for National Service,” said Minister of State for National Development Tan Chuan-Jin, who announced the initiative at a symposium on biodiversity yesterday.

NParks said the CIN concept is similar to the successful Community in Bloom programme, which has nurtured some 400 gardening groups here.

Email nparks_mailbox@nparks.gov.sg or go to http://www.nparks.gov.sg to sign up.

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