"At the core of it is how nature can be used in more ways than one to benefit this generation of Singaporeans, and nurture the next," he said.

Nature Cares begins its year-long pilot run with Keppel Care Foundation, Queenstown Primary School and St Theresa's Home in January 2013.

Other nature-based activities that participants of various ages can engage in include art-and-craft with plants, terrarium-making, community gardening, roller-blading in the park and guided nature walks.

Beneficiaries which will be participating in Nature Cares include Lee Kong Chian Gardens School, St John's Home for the Elderly Persons, Canossian School (a school for the hearing impaired children) and Jamiyah Children's Home.

They will be partnered with schools such as Queenstown Secondary School, Cedar Primary School and Canossa Convent Primary School. Additional corporate partners who are supporting the programme include Credit Suisse and Ricoh Asia Pacific.

paullim@sph.com.sg

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