On Tuesday 16 February, the Enviro-Champs decided to visit a nearby indigenous forest located high up the valley overlooking the Mpophomeni Township. Much of the land is over grazed and degraded by cattle and marauding goats so we are very lucky to still have pockets of untouched pristine Misbeld forests in the area. During an interpretive walk lead by Water Exporer Facilitator, Julia and incredible knowledgably local man, Ayanda, the group slowly walked up into the mist shrouded mountains and into the forest. Along the way, we discussed eco-system services and how forests play a very important role as a unique habitat for many animals and plants. Forest are not only the “lungs" of our earth purifying the air, but are also a great healer, cleaning and restoring rivers and streams. Many of the Eco-Champs could vouch for this as the stoneflies, an incredibly pollution sensitive indicator species can be found in the upper reaches of the river. Enviro-Champs now hope to share with their respective Eco-Clubs the wonderful teachings of the forest.