Mangroves, Mud, and Monkeys!

This week middle school students took a trip to the beautiful Samut Sakhon to work with local NGO Baan Din Thai.
Participants worked in small teams to plant mangrove saplings and secure them to a stake. The work was the definition of “hands on” and students were engaged as they began to understand just how important these trees were to the coastal ecosystem.
Students took a long tail boat spotting monkeys along the way. They rode the boat out into the middle of the lake and had a traditional lunch there coming back to the mangroves to plant the saplings. Sinking thigh deep at times in the mud they created holes for the saplings and the stakes to hold the plants. A swim in the lake to clean up was the order of the day and a whole lot of fun as well.

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