TCAPS hits the road again!
The Children’s Ark Preparatory School started the last quarter with an educational tour around Zoobic Safari. The whole idea is to provide our kids with hands-on learning experience and a change of settings which can only be effective through field trips and educational expeditions. Some things are best learned out of the classroom. Today, information and knowledge are readily available via the superfast cyberspace. However, taking the kids out there is simply a whole lot different experience. This would literally be “to think outside the box.”
Besides, it is when they set off together in a particular journey that gives them the good opportunity to mingle with each other and have a break from the usual routine of classroom activities. Plus, travel and change of settings creates new vigor to the mind.
We set out for the awesome woodlands of Zoobic Safari. A five-hectare tourist attraction located on Subic Bay Freeport’s Forest Adventure. The menagerie boasts of diverse exotic animals hanging around their assumed natural habitat. The forest includes a wide range of terrain similarly found in the jungles: streams, grasslands and even caves and nests. The tour, with 11 attractions, takes about 2 1/2 hours to complete.
Savannah. A haven for ostriches, potbellies, wild boars, and guinea fowls. The place — accessible to all vehicles — is where playful ostriches roam free. They try to race with cars and even peck at the glass window. The sight of colorful birds and their distinct sounds delights visitors. More and more people turn to the relaxing sound birds make for their meditation, relaxation and sometimes therapy.
Animals here in Zoobic Safari have become accustomed to the presence of human beings. They hang around comfortably amidst the many visitors. Kids have a grand time wandering about and interacting with deers, ostriches, albino carabao, monkeys, an eagle, miniature horses, bearcats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and many more.
Animal MuZOOeum. A rare collection of real stuffed animals, bone collections and preserved animal skin.
Tiger Safari. A two-hectare enclosed area where we experienced the thrill of getting a close encounter with full grown tigers aboard a customized grill-protected Safari Jeep. There is fear and excitement as we get closer and feel the ferocity of this beasts with their long and sharp teeth. Perhaps a once in a lifetime experience.
Aeta’s Trail. We took a glimpse of an interesting Native Aeta culture as they perform some of their traditional dances featuring butterfly and war dance; an exhibit of realistic Aeta village complete with their abodes and cooking areas. The show includes an amazing gymnastic ability of the dancers as they perform the Monkey Dance and catapult their way up a tall tree.
Ocean Adventure. The first and only Open Water Marine Theme Park in Southeast Asia. It has become one of the premiere attractions in Subic Bay, Philippines. Ocean Adventure has a proven record of providing environmental awareness and education combined with wholesome entertainment. Ocean Adventure’s advocacy for environmental protection and its corporate social responsibility programs are second to none.
One of the attractions here is the Balancing Act. A short 15-minute show featuring Kenyan acrobats. We were delighted with their display of their dancing, tumbling and of course, balancing capabilities.
Serpentarium. An old ammunition bunker converted into a menagerie where you will find a showcase of various species of reptiles (snakes, lizards and turtles). Also included here are lizards, iguanas, monitor lizards, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures are available for viewing.
Croco Loco. A pit of over 200 crocodiles. We walked over the steel grated walkway while the predators snap their mouth below. The fun here is to feed these crocs buy purchasing a chicken and dangling it to these reptiles by means of a fishing rod. See how they jump for food!
At the Crocodile Café, one can view the quick-snappers from a water-level glass observation area..
Field trips are essential part of school curriculum. They broaden children’s educational experience. Field trips enrich and expand the learning program, bolsters cognition skills by immersing kids into sensory activities, increase children’s knowledge in a particular subject area and expand children’s awareness of their own community.
The Children’s Ark Preparatory School thinks of the excursion as a field study too, not only a field trip. It is a learning experience or experimental learning.