In responses to the worldwide environmental protection scheme, Lions of District 303 Hong Kong & Macau built a Lions Nature Education Centre in 1990 with Agriculture & Fisheries Department in Tsiu Hang, Sai Kung. The Centre was officially opened to the public on June 8, 1991. The Centre has an area of 16.5 hectares at the western portion of Tsiu Hang Special Area. Access is a vehicular track from Hiram's Highway to pass through the Centre and this location can also be reached by public transportation (Bus and Public Light Bus).
The Centre has the following facilities: -
Agriculture Hall, Fisheries Hall, Countryside Hall, Shell House, Insectarium, Chinese Herbal Garden, Field Crops, Rock/Mineral Corner, Bamboo Grove, Specimen Orchard, Arboretum, Pastoral Garden, Banana Grove, Seed Stand, Dragonfly Pond, Cafeteria, Nature Trail, Vegetable Marketing Organization, etc.
Lions Nature Education Centre has become very popular facility for countryside education and a common picnic site after it opening attracting over 430,000 visitors each year.
Lions ECC Shell House
To enrich Hong Kong's environmental education facilities, Lions Clubs International District 303, Shell Hong Kong Limited and Environmental Campaign Committee (ECC) have jointly sponsored the "Lions ECC Shell House" established inside the Lions Nature Education Centre. It is managed by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
The Shell House displays systematically on the special features, value, classification, and biological characteristics of shells, and the need to conserve them. The shells displayed here came from Hong Kong and many other places. By introducing these natural treasures to school children and the general public, the Lions ECC Shell House aims to cultivate an appreciation of the beauty of shells and promote awareness in the need to conserve our natural environment.
Until now, there has never been a public display centre devoted to shells in Hong Kong. The Lions ECC Shell House is especially important as it is dedicated to promoting the scientific and aesthetic value of shells and marine conservation.