This activity comprises a workshop and a guided tour. After an introduction to rocks and fossils of Hong Kong at the workshop, students will visit Rock Academy, a large-scale outdoor exhibition of 28 rock specimens sourced from Hong Kong, and the Geopark Visitor Centre. This learning experience aims to enrich knowledge about Hong Kong’s geology and heighten geoconservation awareness.
*In view of the latest COVID-19 situation, Rock Classroom activity is currently suspended until further notice.
Targets: Primary and secondary students.
Group size: 30 max.
Venue: Rock Classroom activity room, Lions Nature Education Centre, Tsiu Hang, Sai Kung.
Language: Cantonese or English.
Date: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except public holidays).
Time: 10:00am - 12:00 noon or 2:00 - 4:00pm
Fee: Free of charge. Schools are required to arrange transport for students to and from the activity venue.
Enrolment: Download (file size: 136 kb) and fax the completed application form to Hong Kong Geopark.
Staff of Hong Kong Geopark will visit the participating schools and introduce the unique features of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, including the geological history, rock types, natural attractions, ecology and cultural heritage. Such awareness will motivate students to cherish and protect our natural environment.
*Currently, only online seminars are available until further notice.
Topic: Discovering Hong Kong Geopark - An introduction to Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, its geo-attractions, wildlife and cultural heritage.
Targets: Primary and secondary students
Group size: Minimum 40 per session.
Date: Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fee: Free of charge.
Enrolment: Download (file size: 367 kb) and fax the completed application form to Hong Kong Geopark.
( Application is now open! )
The Geopark Schools Programme is a key education programme of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. Working closely with local schools, Hong Kong Geopark rolls out a wide range of science popularisation activities to inspire student's long-term interest in earth sciences, integrated with ecology and culture and to promote the concept of sustainable development. Every successful participating school can make application to Hong Kong Geopark for up to 5 activities during the programme period, including not more than 2 school talks or workshops, 2 geopark land excursions and 1 geopark sea excursion.
*Given the current COVID-19 situation, science workshops, field trips, and other activities are still suspended. Only online lectures and exchanges activities will be available. Such arrangement will be in place during this year until further notice.
Target groups: Local primary and secondary schools supporting the geoparks concept and interested in promoting science popularisation activities for students.
Programme period: Each school year (1 September to 31 August of the next year)
How to Register:
There is a quota of 20 schools for the 2021/22 Geopark Schools Programme each school year. To make the programme an ongoing effort and optimise effectiveness, 13 places are reserved for schools that took part in the programme last year, and the remaining 7 places are reserved for schools that did not take part in the programme last year.
Schools interested in joining the programme should complete the application form and return it to Hong Kong Geopark by email or fax between 23 August and 30 September before each school year. Places are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants will be notified of the result by email and fax within 7 working days. For enquiries, please contact Ms Wong, Geopark Ranger, on tel. 2150 6810.
Every year, Hong Kong Geopark together with sister geoparks in the region would coordinate a few bi-directional student exchanges for geopark schools.
As an example, Hong Kong and Itoigawa UNESCO Global Geoparks (UGGps) have been organising an annual mutual exchange programme since 2011, where students from Hong Kong travel to Itoigawa to visit the sister geopark and a local school for science education and cultural exchange. Vice versa for students from Itoigawa.
Lending a helping hand to the needy geopark communities has been a fine tradition of Geopark schools, the best example was set in November 2018 when the Super Typhoon Mangkhut wreaked havoc on the whole of Hong Kong. Besides dealing severe damage to facilities and footpaths, the typhoon brought difficult situations, such as water stoppages, blackouts, termination of mobile networks, damage or blockage to access footpaths, to many geopark local communities including Kat O, Ap Chau, Kau Sai Chau, Tung Ping Chau and Lai Chi Wo.
Within a couple of days of the typhoon, volunteers from LIONS Club International District 303, Hong Kong & Macao, China, geopark partners and geopark schools assembled to deliver fresh water to the villagers and helped clean up the affected areas. With transportation support from the ferry operator and coordination from the Hong Kong Geopark team, more volunteers and geopark schools joined in and provided similar assistance to communities in need.