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Sun 05 Dec 2004

Another successful Sg Buloh Anniversary Walk

Category : Singapore Naturalist

The anniversary walk has had its 8th successful year and we guided more than 100 people this year.

Guides were picked up from Buona Vista and Kranji MRT stations at 12.10pm and 12.40pm (we were able to wait at Kranji) and guiding was conducted (after a very short preparatory briefing) from 1.50pm to 5.00pm. We set up a table to handle ticketing for the sole Buloh staff on duty and it worked out quite well as most people came pretty much on time.

All the station guides did well, repeating themselves five times to cater to six groups ranging in size between 6-24 who were led to them by the group guides. The training was less intensive than last year but it turned out fine. The public who came were nice too, and made the event enjoyable. Some of them kept reminding me how strange and wonderful everything was to them, so the team can feel satisfied.

By 5.10pm, the guides were all assembled in the workroom, which was nicely decorated from the previous day's launch of the Nature Cove. It was rounded off with the surprise appearance of two cakes that we all swallowed in seconds once the debrief was over.

We cleaned up the work room, the scene of the same celebration the previous year, and headed for the waiting bus by 5.45pm and reached Buona Vist MRT by about 6.40pm. That's pretty decent timing.

All in all we spent about 16 hours over three days preparing and executing this event. We would improve lots if we had spent more time preparing but this programme is meant to get new volunteers up and running quickly. Improvements can continue subsequently over a lifetime!

Several new volunteers picked up some mangrove knowledge and guiding skills and we all made new friends. Can't help feeling satisfied and I guess it's confirmed for 2005.

Perhaps its finally time this year to put some photos of the walk up on the web; its the only event without photos, for some reason.

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