There is a project that’s out near Suvarnabhumi Airport that’s a great educational and fun day trip for kids. The project was funded by PTT and enjoyed the support of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The project is called the PTT Forest Learning Center in the City. It began as a reforestation and mangrove forest preservation project on Sukhapiban 2 and has since blossomed into an education project as well. The potential of this project for education lies in how accessible it is to residents of Bangkok.
From Mangroves to Classrooms
The surroundings and purpose of the project may not appeal to younger children, but kids of middle-school age will appreciate it as a worthwhile visit. The 12 Rai of land that the project occupies used to be a wasteland of vacant lots and dumping grounds. Today, it’s a natural habitat for wildlife and a wetlands environment.
Elevated walkways and an observation tower have been constructed that gives the visitor a birds-eye view of the surrounding area.
The project also contains a visitor center that is solar-powered and energy-efficient. It built from local, natural materials, including brick made of local soil and bamboo in addition to materials that have been manufactured in a less polluting manner.
Interactive Educational Experience
In the visitors center, kids can learn about different aspects of forest preservation from interactive programs that are divided into zones. For instance, there are zones with programs on botany, zones about sustainable growth, and ones that show the impact of the city on natural wetlands and wildlife habitats.
The center conducts two tours in the morning and two in the afternoon. The tours take about 1 ½ hours to complete and entrance to the project is completely free.