04 March 2012

Wild shore fun for kids during the March holidays!

Exciting seashore activities for kids are lined up for the March school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's shores and learn more about our marinelife!
Wild boar crossing! Getting close to nature
Kids having a closer look at Mama wild boar and her piglet
during the free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour by the Naked Hermit Crabs.
Here's highlights of some of the many exciting nature events for kids during the March school holidays. Many for free!


10 Mar (Sat): Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs Get an easy introduction to 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.
17 Mar (Sat): FREE evening walk at Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk with the Naked Hermit Crabs. There are fascinating mangroves at Pasir Ris Park! Easily explored through the boardwalks  and it's open even at night! Join the Naked Hermit Crabs for an evening stroll through this interesting but often overlooked mangrove. Here, we are sure to see lots of crazy tree climbing crabs, delightful giant mudskippers and cool monitor lizards. Pasir Ris is also one of the few places where nesting herons are easily observed. And as the sun sets, we might spot some nocturnal animals like watersnakes. If we're lucky, we may catch a glimpse of the rare Mangrove pitta or the family of otters that have been seen here!
17 Mar (Sat): Young Naturalists Passport Camp at Sungei Buloh. A one day camp with 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. Refundable $5 registration fee. Pre-registration required.


10 Mar (Sat): Seaside Treasure Hunt for kids at Pasir Ris Come find seashore treasures that are ours to protect! Kids will discover the unique animals and plants of our seashores! For kids aged 5 to 11, $20 per child, pre-registration required.

12 Mar (Mon): "Say Hello to Seashore Trees" for kids at Pasir Ris Come learn about trees that grow by the sea. Discover the animals which make these trees their home. For kids aged 5 to 11, $25 per child, pre-registration required.

15 Mar (Thu): Kampong Ubin Walk with Cicada Tree Eco Place This nature-guided stroll will bring us through a herb and spice garden, coffee and fruit tree orchards, the mangrove forest ecosystem, grassland and woodlands, coconut plantation, and bypasses 'kampong' village houses and their backyard food gardens. Along the way on the dirt trails, we may encounter wild pigs, jungle chickens, monitor lizards and a diversity of birds and bugs among the wayside wildflowers. This walk will end in the main village which remains almost unchanged since the 1960s. $13 per person (adult or child), excluding bumboat ride. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.

MORE kids nature activities in the forests and elsewhere on the Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity blog.

You can also explore on your own! Check out the many DIY Trail Guides on the NParks website. Explore the new Berlayar Creek boardwalk, check out our heritage trees, visit Pulau Ubin and more! More about our wild places on wildsingapore. A tip to avoid the crowds on school holiday weekends, come early. That's when wildlife is more active anyway. And leave before it gets too hot.

Go outdoors! You never know what you might encounter!
Otters are regularly sighted at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Visitor Centre, and are quite used to noisy visitors!
Wishing you many happy biodiversity encounters this March holidays!

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