04 March 2013

Wild shore fun for kids during the March school holidays

Exciting nature activities specially for kids are lined up for March school holidays! Lots of fun ways to discover and enjoy Singapore's marine biodiversity!
Choose from guided walks at mangroves (Pasir Ris, Admiralty, Sungei Buloh),wetlands (Kranji Marsh, Sengkang Riverside) and offshore islands (Pulau Ubin's Sensory Trail). Or go cycling along Changi shores and lots more.

FREE events

16 Mar (Sat) and 23 Mar (Sat): Mangrove walk at Sungei Buloh Free guided nature walk along the Mangrove boardwalk under shady mangrove trees. Spot mudskippers, crabs and other marine life, learn about our mangroves, enjoy views of the Johor straits. Suitable for young children.

17 Mar (Sun): Birdwatching at Kranji Marsh Open to the public. To celebrate 2013 World Water Day, Nature Society (Singapore) together with PUB is conducting a birdwatching walk at Kranji Marshes and the nearby Kranji Reservoir Bund.We begin with a pleasant stroll along a countryside road to the Kranji Marshes where we will continue our walk along the PUB Bund. 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.

23 Mar (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! 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!

24 Mar (Sun): Otter Cycling Trail @ Changi Get engaged with wildlife and some exercise while you’re at it. Join the Otter Cycling Trail, a bike ride that runs along the NPark’s Park Connector Networks in the northeastern part of Singapore. Interspersed with pit stops, your friendly guides will introduce you to a host of wildlife in beat-up natural areas that run along the route. What’s more, these are all the hotspots for otter sightings – we may get to see them if we’re reeeally lucky!

MORE nature activities

16 Mar (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.

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

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

March is the last chance to visit the Public Gallery at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research! The Gallery will be closed on 1 Apr in preparation for the move to the new museum in 2014.

So if you haven't visited the Gallery yet, or would like to get a last look, drop by before 1 April! A great family outing for the March school holidays too! More details.

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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