Kent Ridge Heritage Trail Training – Session 1

The newly revived Kent Ridge Heritage Trail held its first guide training sessions on the 23rd and 26th of February 2015!

“What makes a good guide?” asked N. Sivasothi aka Otterman. Some suggested that a guide should be approachable and friendly. Others said that a guide should be knowledgeable and observant. Still others thought that theatricality and story-telling skills were important qualities in a guide. This launched a discussion about the objectives of the training session.


Don’t be fooled by the handphones! They’re all diligently taking notes.

Then, the future guides dived into a succinct, yet informative lesson on map drawing. They were separated into 3 groups and told to draw Kent Ridge and its surrounding areas on the whiteboards. They were also required to identify key landmarks in the area and demarcate them on the map.


Siva talks to the trainee guides about the geography of Kent Ridge and the surrounding areas


Comparing their hand-drawn maps to the ones found online

Once the maps were drawn and critiqued, the guides were sent to Kent Ridge Road. They were told to collect leaves from five common plants along the road (Simpoh air, Resam, White-leaved Fig, Sendudok and Smilax). Once back, they were told to bring them home and draw the leaves on a notebook.


Smiling with the Smilax leaves!

Day 2 was much like Day 1. However, there were only 3 trainees. So it was all flying solo for them.Each person had to draw their own maps!


Listing out the qualities of a good guide


Ingsind and Sankar figuring out the details of the area’s geography while Lynn confidently maps it out in the background.

And so, the grooming of these enthusiastic youngsters to turn them into full fledged Kent Ridge Heritage  Guides. Look out NUS!


Capacity building of our youth through NUS Toddycats, volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, is part of SG50 celebrations.


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