Events and Programmes
Philosophy Events and Programmes
Soil and Us

1. Introduction

Soil is a vital part of the natural environment that is often overlooked.

It plays an important role in many ecological processes. Directly or indirectly, soil provides sustenance to all life: plants, animals including humans, and other organisms.

‘Soil and Us’ programme guides students through immersive activities and reflection to gain an understanding of the role of soil. Guided observation raises awareness of the complexity of soil and allows participants to see first-hand the sustenance soil provides. Hands-on experience of experimenting with soil will deepen understanding and appreciation. They learn from guides as well as through discussion and sharing collectively.

2. Programme Content

  • Carry out fieldwork to learn the properties of soil, such as texture, colour and pH
  • Learn about the components in the soil layers through hands-on activities
  • Visit KFBG compost area, biochar machine and constructed wetland wastewater treatment system
  • Investigate the effects of several soil amendments on soil and plants through experiments

Related subjects: Biology, Geography, Environmental Systems and Societies

Download Programme Leaflet

3. Target group / No. of Participants
Secondary school students
15-25 people (teachers/leaders included).
There must be at least one teacher/leader in each group.

4. Date / Time
Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
One-day: 09:30-15:30
Half-day: 09:30-12:00 / 14:00-16:30

5. Venue
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

6. Fee
Full Day: HK$100/head (50% off for registered schools & charity organisations)
Half Day: HK$50/head (50% off for registered schools & charity organisations)

Note: KFBG will not refund the payment once confirmed unless it is cancelled due to inclement weather condition.

7. Language
Cantonese / English

8. Application
Please click here for online registration.

9. Enquiry
Please contact Mr. KC Cheng, Education Department at 2483 7197 or

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  • Educational Resources: ‘Teaching Packs’ include nature scavenger hunt, animal game cards, and a series of nature invitations. ‘Infographics’ illustrate both commonly seen and protected species in KFBG. Other resources include teachers’ packs and CDs are available on request for free.
  • Group Guided Tours: Led by trained environmental interpreters, the content includes experiential and hands-on activities. We encourage a passion for nature, conservation and ecology by nurturing an appreciation of the natural world.
  • Treasure Hunt booklet: This booklet allows you to go on a treasure hunt in the Upper or Lower Area of KFBG. Visit each location and carry out the tasks set out on the board. Uncover the mystery and beauty of nature. Welcome to download.