Trees Can Talk
The “Trees Can Talk” essay writing contest, hosted by Elephant Hills Children’s Project, encourages local students to think creatively about their role in protecting nature. This annual event has been a part of the project for over 15 years, with three schools in Khao Sok participating every January during National Children’s Day.
Due to the pandemic, the schools have been unable to hold their traditional celebrations for National Children’s Day for the past two years. During our recent visit, however, it was clear that the celebration would be bigger and better than ever before. We awarded scholarships to the winners of the essay contest and watched the children enjoy activities such as lucky draws, dancing, and performances by each class.
This year, we received many excellent essays from the three participating schools. The students, many of whom have grown up in the magnificent Khao Sok rainforest, used the contest to expand their imaginations and propose practical ways to preserve the natural beauty of the area. The essays were beautifully adorned with the students’ artistic drawings.