19 May 2013

Wild shore fun for kids during the June holidays!

Exciting activities specially for kids are lined up for June school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's shores !
Volunteer the whole family to help rescue horseshoe crabs. Lots of free activities including a guided walk at Chek Jawa boardwalk, explore more of Pulau Ubin, see how traditional prawn farming was done, check out freshwater wetlands. Or join workshops on owls, pond life and lots more!

VOLUNTEER and make a wild difference!

Horseshoe Crab Rescue and Research with the Nature Society (Singapore) on 1 Jun (Sat) and 15 Jun (Sat) and 29 Jun (Sat)
Join the Nature Society to rescue and study the Mangrove Horseshoe Crab (HSC).

FREE events 

1 Jun (Sat): Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs
The Naked Hermit Crabs introduce you 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 boar, 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.

1 Jun (Sat): Prawn and Fish Demo at Sungei Buloh 
Free guided introduction to traditional prawn and fish farming. Go on a journey back to the past, where the history of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve as prawn and fish farms is one not to be ignored. The importance of mangroves as a spawning place and nursery for prawns and other life played an important role in shaping Sungei Buloh today. The traditional method of prawn harvesting will be demonstrated and how the tidal influence play a part in this activity will be brought to life. The highlight is a real hands-on demonstration of a prawn harvest. The kids will be thrilled to check out what comes up with the net, see real live prawns and learn more about our seafood and the tides. The walk is approximately 5km on wide earthen trails. Suitable for older children who are reasonably fit.

16 Jun (Sun): Birdwatching at Kranji Marshes with Nature Society (Singapore)
Open to the public but children below 12 are not allowed for safety reasons. From the meeting point, a hired bus will ferry us to our destination. We begin with a pleasant stroll along a countryside road to the Kranji Marshes where we will continue our walk along the PUB Bund. The marsh is designated by URA as a Nature Park and is currently adopted by NSS under PUB's ABC Waters Programme. Birding highlights here include the Red-wattled Lapwing, Purple Swamphen, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, White-browed Crake, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and more.
Photo by Tsang KC

MORE events

1 Jun (Sat): Roots, Shoots, & Fruits Guided Walk Admiralty Park
Learn more about the diversity of plant life, their unique and interesting characteristics, and their importance to people. $5 per person/ $80 for 15 persons.

8 Jun (Sat): Roots, Shoots, & Fruits Guided Walk at Sengkang Riverside Park
Learn more about the diversity of plant life, their unique and interesting characteristics, and their importance to people. $5 perperson/ $80 for 15 persons.

15 Jun (Sat): Workshop for kids - Oooo...owls!
Who goes "hoo-hoo" in our forests at night? Why do we think they are so wise? What "special powers" do they have? Do they exist here in Singapore? Discover more about these beautiful nocturnal birds, and learn to make an owl hanging poster at the end of the session. Suitable for kids 5-10 years. $25 per child.

15 Jun (Sat): Guided walk at the Sensory Trail, Pulau Ubin Experience Ubin's wonderful nature through your senses along our Sensory Trail.  This is an excellent introduction to the rustic and natural character of the island. You will be able to touch, see or smell fruit trees, spices and herbs for cooking, plants used in traditional medicine and native plants of the mangrove forest. $60 per group of 15 persons, maximum 6 groups
Fragrant Pandan

You can also explore on your own! Check out the many DIY Trail Guides on the NParks website. 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.

MORE school holiday activities on the wildsingapore happenings blog. 

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