Year 10 Geography Field Trip to Kakamega Forest

On January 30th, the Year 10 Geography students visited the last remaining area of primary rain forest in Kenya, the Kakamega Forest. The aim was to learn more about this fragile environment and the tropical rain forest ecosystem.

The students were taken on a guided trek through the rain forest by local guides who explained how the ecosystem works, identified different species of flora and fauna and explained the threats to and the management of the forest. Towards the end of the walk, students were able to cool off with a paddle in the river.
After a night camping in the Kenya Wildlife Service Forest Reserve, students worked together to investigate the succession in the forest. This involved creating a transect through the forest and measuring the number of trees and species as well as measuring the circumference of trees in a quadrant.