07 September 2011

FREE shore activities for kids in September!

Lots of FREE shore activities are lined up for the school holidays and upcoming Parks Festival 2011! Fun ways to enjoy and learn about Singapore's shores!
Young ones are captivated by marine life on mud!
Here's highlights of some of the many exciting nature events for kids and the family!

10 Sep (Sat): Young Naturalists Passport Camp at Sungei BulohThis one day camp encompasses a series of fun-filled and educational indoor and outdoor learning of the wetlands and nature conservation issues through worksheets, nature walks and hands-on activities. Children will earn a stamp for every completed activity, and a full collection of stamps will earn them a series of cloth badges. For kids 6-10 years old. Pre-registration is required. Limited to 40 kids.

10 Sep (Sat): Public Bird Census Programme at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve This introductory bird census programme will showcase the birds of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and its bird monitoring programme. Join us to have a first-hand experience on bird watching and research work. There is a limit of 40 participants. Bring along a hat, binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Join us for a fun time bird watching and learning about the migratory birds at SBWR! Pre-registration is required. While the event is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply.

10 Sep (Sat): Free Chek Jawa Boardwalk Tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs. See Chek Jawa without getting your feet wet. Even though we are not going on to the shore, there is still much to see and enjoy. There are monitor lizards, fiddler crabs, spiders, rare plants, wild boars, mudskippers and lots of fruit trees. If we are lucky, we might even spot the Oriental Pied Hornbill, White-bellied Sea Eagle and the giant Atlas Moth. Pre-registration required.

Special FREE guided walks
These walks are usually charged, but are offered for free during the Parks Festival.

Free Explore the "Mangle Salada" @ Pasir Ris Park on 18 Sep (Sun) and 20 Sep (Tue) and 22 Sep (Thu) and 24 Sep (Sat). What's in a Mangrove? Think it's only trees? Join the walk and be amazed by the thriving mangrove, which is home to many unique plants and animals such as the Giant Mudskipper, Fiddler Crab, and Dog-faced Water Snake. Kids will also learn about the elements of the mangrove eco-system, discover what causes the degradation of mangroves and understand their importance to Mankind.

Free Chek Jawa Wetlands Boardwalk Tour with NParks on 18 Sep (Sun) and 25 Sep (Sun). Chek Jawa is an intertidal area containing one of Singapore's richest ecosystems. A unique wetland treasure, it is only revealed and accessible during low tides. Seize this rare opportunity to learn from experienced guides about the thriving flora and fauna in this area.

Free Guided walk at the Sensory Trail, Pulau Ubin on 17 Sep (Sat) and 20 Sep (Tue) and 22 Sep (Thu). An excellent introduction to the rustic and natural character of the island. You will be able to touch, see, smell or even taste fruit trees, spices and herbs for cooking, plants used in traditional medicine and native plants of the mangrove forest.

Also a chance to volunteer for our biodiversity!

20 Sep (Tue): Mangrove Salvaging at Sungei Buloh Help in the relocation of mangrove saplings by gently removing them using spades and placing them into planting bags. These young plants would then be put in Sungei Buloh’s nursery before they are replanted to appropriate areas. The three-hour activity includes a safety briefing, demonstration and also washing-up. Expect to get muddy!

More biodiversity activities at Parks Festival 2011 on the Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity blog.

MORE activities at Parks Festival 2011 on the NParks website.

More school holiday activities and activities for kids on the wildsingapore happenings blog.

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