The Upper Primary class recently went to Kebun Raya Eka Karya, the botanic garden in Bedugul. This trip is an extension to the work we are doing in class that is focused on the flora of Indonesia. In class, the students are learning how the unique plants of Indonesia got here and evolved over time. Kebun Raya offered us an opportunity to see some of these species up close. The botanic gardens have more than 2,000 species of plants, representing plants from montane areas of eastern Indonesia.
We were given a tour, the details of which were voiced in Bahasa Indonesia so the more fluent students translated for the less fluent students. Mahmud also assisted in the translation. Beyond the endemic plants of Indonesia, the students learned about other plants that have been brought here from other parts of the world. We learned that some plants have medicinal purposes and were told the ways they were used to heal in the past. We were also given the chance to taste the leaves of a cinnamon tree and to climb up into the understory of the forest to see what grows in the canopy. The students were amazed to see the epiphytes growing in the trees without any soil. While up in the trees, we were blessed by the presence of an eagle passing by. The students really enjoyed the cactus garden and the orchid garden as well. We also spotted several trees that can be found on the Timeline of Life and talked about going back to the garden at some point for further study.
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