The Junior Wildlife Club of Trinity College organized their annual excursion during the 3rd Term. Due to the increased number of members, two separate field trips – for grades 6 and 7 , and 8 and 9 – were organized. Mrs Udayakumaran was the main organizer for both excursions, supported by the two assistant teachers, Mrs Dissanayake and Mrs Hemadila.
Grade 8 and 9 – Udawalawe National Park and Ridiyagama Safari Park
The grade 8 and 9 members went on their excursion to two of Sri Lanka’s most extraordinary eco-destinations: Udawalawe National Park and Ridiyagama Safari Park.
The outing took place on the 5th and 6th of December with 34 boys and 3 staff members. The one night field trip included a bus tour through the Ridiyagama Safari Park, where they witnessed exotic species that cannot be seen in Sri Lanka’s natural eco-systems; a jeep safari through the wilderness of Udawalawe National Reserve; and a game of traditional touch rugby on the lawn of a street side resort in Udawalawe.
Students utilized the time to pursue their interests on wildlife, and many also took the opportunity to develop their photography skills.
Grade 6 and 7 – Dehiwala Zoo
A group of 45 students and 2 teachers from grades 6 and 7 students went two months prior, on the 24th of October to the Dehiwala Zoo. The young members got an opportunity to explore wildlife up-close and the youngsters enjoyed the trip very much, with many incredible photos to vouch for it.
The excursion to Udawalawa was the final project of the Wildlife Club for 2018. It rounds up a very successful year whilst empowering a hopeful next. Mrs Udayakumaran hopes that the club will be able to further extend all the projects in 2019.
Article by by R.M.P.M. Ratnayake