LOCAL secondary students have one more place to go for their environmental field studies with the opening of the Ho Koon Nature Education-cum-Astronomical Centre. The Sik Sik Yuen-sponsored centre, located in Tsuen Wan, offers the subject with its content based on the geography and biology syllabuses of Forms Six and Seven. 'The programme is aimed at enhancing students' knowledge about the environment, and encouraging them to pay attention to the rights of various species and recognise the significance of environmental protection,' said Wong Wan-tin, the centre's supervisor. From September this year to June next year, the centre will regularly organise four-day weekly environmental field studies at the site. A laboratory and a lecture room have been built for the purpose. Advanced multi-media facilities - computers, digital cameras, printers, compact disc players, modems and on-line services - are also available at the centre to facilitate interactive learning between teachers and students. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the centre, Director of Education Lam Woon-kwong, said modern technology and an appropriate site for field studies, made available by the centre, would help students enhance their knowledge about the environment. The centre also has a 50 cm reflective telescope to help with the study of astronomy. Mr Wong said astronomical activities would widen students' horizons. Ng Hiu-ming, teacher adviser of the Green Society of St Catharine's School for Girls, Kwun Tong, welcomed the establishment of the centre. 'Site studies concerning environmental issues are common in other countries,' he said, adding that when teaching about the environment, it was important to let students go out and study it for themselves. Only listening to lectures is not enough to understand the complicated environmental issues, he said.