Nanyang Nature Society (NYNS) is a CCA dedicated to nature and environmental causes.
Vision & Mission
- To foster an appreciation for the outdoors and nature within the CCA
- To advocate for environmental causes and promote the green movement in Nanyang, ultimately aiming towards a zero-waste school.
- Brown: Environmental initiatives, zero waste efforts
- Green: Gardening, nature conservation efforts
What to expect in Nature Society
Get in touch with nature through our Backyard Garden!
The Backyard Garden was started in 2013 when our seniors transformed an empty plot of land into the Backyard Garden. Since then, the Backyard Garden has been consistently developed by succeeding batches of students, creating new plots and building new structures — resulting in the marvel that is the Backyard Garden now.
Backyard at its initial stages (2013)
Backyard Garden now (2020)
In the Backyard Garden, you will find yourself surrounded by a wide variety of plants. Not only are there herbs such as mint, rosemary and dill, which can be used for flavouring food, but there are also mango and mulberry trees, spicy chilli plants, and beautiful blue pea creepers.
Last year, under the Native Plant Conservation Programme, NParks gave us the opportunity to maintain 18 native plant species until they are needed back for reforestation.
In interacting with nature, our CCA is able to:
- Learn how to identify different plant, bird and butterfly species
- Attain gardening skills through regular maintenance of the Backyard Garden
Experience running a café!
The 4 Degrees Cafe is a cafe run by students, for students. The name is derived from the alarming report by GreenFacts that if the earth’s temperature rises by another 4 degrees, there would be an irreversible impact on humanity and the environment.
We use coffee beans from Puro Coffee, a fair trade coffee brand that conserves rainforests and prevents the exploitation of farmers. The money earned from the sales of coffee, drinks and cakes funds the Backyard Garden, as well as other NYNS initiatives. There are also festive cafe specials on occasions such as Valentine’s Day and National Day.
What is there to gain from working in the cafe:
- Learning about entrepreneurship by running a business
- Acquiring basic service skills: handling drinks and cakes, and serving customers
Cakes and drinks previously sold at 4 Degrees Cafe
Working at the Backyard Cafe
Advocate for environmental causes and fight for our planet!
Nanyang Nature Society has an advocacy focus group which aims to educate the school and local community on environmental issues. In 2020, the group ran two campaigns to educate the school about Fast Fashion and Food Waste. In addition, we occasionally reach out to the local community in order to spread awareness of environmental issues.
Examples of community engagement include:
- Zero Waste Launch
- Clean & Green Singapore
- Youth for the Environment Day
During these community engagement events, we showcased our CCA’s and Nanyang’s green initiatives to the public. We also engaged members of the public in various upcycling activities.
Participate in competitions!
- Rain Garden Competition
- IIMPACT Competition
Get crafty with our hands-on activities!
- Orange peels eco enzymes, mosquito repellant and fragrance bags
- Upcycled denim pouches
Have fun with your CCA mates during outings!
Occasionally, our CCA goes on outings to places like MacRitchie Reservoir and Botanic Gardens. In December last year, we had a CCA camp at East Coast Park where we did a beach cleanup!
Our Initiatives & Activities
NYNS has rolled out, as well as participated in, various environmental initiatives. Through these projects, NYNS members and the rest of the student body are given a platform to push for a more sustainable school.
Canteen recycling initiatives
The school canteen is a major source of waste, from plastic food packaging to discarded food. As such, NYNS’ Canteen Scene Investigation (CSI) focus group has rolled out initiatives to make our canteen greener by reducing the amount of waste generated.
Beverage cartons such as Milo packets cannot be recycled in our common blue recycling bins. Thus, our school has a Tetrapak carton recycling bin that sends the cartons to be recycled into new materials.
In order to combat the amount of food waste generated, a food composter was purchased to turn discarded food into compost that can be used as fertiliser for plants.
Every year during the Chinese New Year season, NYNS organises a CNY container collection drive. Most CNY snacks come in plastic containers, which generally get thrown away after being used. This donation drive aims to reduce the waste produced during CNY by giving the donated containers to a selected organisation for reuse. In 2020, NYNS collected a total of 200 containers, which were donated to Edible Garden City, who used them for their various gardening and enzyme-making workshops.
In 2020, NYNS organised our inaugural Flea Market to foster a spirit of reusing and recycling. Students and teachers alike were encouraged to donate their pre-loved items like old clothes, books and stationery which were then sold to the school at the Flea Market. All proceeds went to Nature Society Singapore to aid their conservation efforts.
This initiative aims to discourage consumerism — a constantly rising ideology that encourages people to buy goods excessively. Consumerism has severe effects on our planet—depletion of environmental resources, polluted environments, and excessive use of often non-renewable energy, to produce goods that are already in abundant supply.
Australian Bushfire Fundraiser
In 2020, NYNS, in collaboration with Theatre Club Nanyang, organised a fundraiser to raise funds to mitigate the consequences of the bushfires in Australia. All collected donations were given to the Singapore Red Cross to support their relief and recovery efforts in Australia. The fundraiser included busking and a mini exhibition on the bushfire. With Nanyang’s support, a total of $627.15 was raised.
Busking during the fundraiser event
Earth and Science Fortnight
Earth and Science Fortnight is two weeks of fun-filled activities for the school planned by the Science Department and NYNS. This event raises awareness about climate change and different ways to mitigate the situation, as well as encourages students to adopt more environmentally-friendly habits and reduce the amount of waste produced by the school.
Earth and Science Fortnight include:
- Recess activities held by NYNS
- Upcycling workshops
- Harvesting of vegetables
- Learning journeys to nature trails and vertical farms
- Reducing plastic waste in the canteen
- No provision of straws and plastic cutlery during the 2 weeks
- Bring your own bottle (BYOB) and redeem a free drink after BYOB-ing 3 times!
- Inviting zero waste stores (UNPACKT and Neis Haus) to sell their products