27 August 2012

Wild shore fun for kids during the September holidays

Exciting seashore activities for kids are lined up for the September school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's biodiversity!
On 1 Sep (Sat), explore Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk
on the FREE walk by the Naked Hermit Crabs
Enjoy a stroll on the boardwalks at Chek Jawa, Pasir Ris, Sungei Buloh, or join a workshop on wild boar,  and more. Many events are free!

FREE events

1 Sep (Sat): Free Pasir Ris Mangrove boardwalk tour
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! 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! For kids and families. Pre-registration required.
8 Sep (Sat): Young Naturalists Passport Camp at Sungei Buloh
This 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.Limited to 40 kids 6-10 years old. Pre-registration required.

8 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. For kids and families. Pre-registration required.
Families celebrating National Day at the Free Chek Jawa walk
with the Naked Hermit Crabs
9 Sep (Sun): M.A.D. (Make A Difference) for Wild Pigs
A FREE education programme by Cicada Tree Eco-Place. Where do wild pigs live in Singapore? Are there wild pigs that live in other parts of the world? What do wild pigs look like? If we should meet a with a wild pig, what should we do? Note: This workshop will not bring you into close contact with wild pigs. For kids 5 and 10 years. Pre-registration required.
Wild boar piglets (Sus scrofa)

MORE events

5 Sep (Wed): Chek Jawa Walk
with Cicada Tree Eco Place
We go on the extensive boardwalk at Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin. Here we shall see a diversity of unique flora and fauna. At low tide, exposed seaweeds used to be collected by locals to feed their pigs. From the mangroves, Attap Palm leaves were harvested for thatching while durable Nibong Palm trunks were used to build kelongs. The shallow sea here has incredible marine biodiversity, and is home to many species of fishes, starfishes, anemones, crabs, sponges, seaweeds, including the Dugong or Sea Cow which comes in to graze the extensive seagrass beds here. Note: It will be on the boardwalk and walking on mudflats is not allowed. Trails: Wooden boardwalk. Earth paths, some parts with gentle slopes. $15 per person (adult or child), excluding the bumboat ride and mini-bus ride to Chek Jawa. Pre-registration required.

6 Sep (Thu): Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
with Cicada Tree Eco Place
This wetland reserve is now a resting and feeding spot for migratory birds. But it also hosts a fantastic diversity of native fauna and flora. In the past, the area had several kampongs (villages) with the locals tending to vegetable and fruit tree plots. Many of these fruit trees and traditional herbs still survive and may be encountered along the trails. The people also constructed fish and prawn ponds in the mangroves. These are now used by the birds. Of late, otters, civets & estuarine crocodiles have also made Sg. Buloh their home. Come see for yourselves! Trails: Level dirt paths and boardwalks suitable for children, the elderly, disabled or participants using wheelchairs. $13 per person (adult or child), excluding park entrance fees. Pre-registration required.

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.

MORE school holiday activities on the wildsingapore happenings blog. 

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