27 Sep (Sun): Paint Along with Pui San at Sungei Buloh

Conducted by Mr Tham Pui San, a volunteer of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Pui San is an avid artist who expresses his passion for nature through his art work. Bring along your art materials and enjoy learning different drawing techniques at Sungei Buloh.
More in the art in the wetlands blog.

Limited to 20 persons. Register online.

Time: 8.30-11.30am
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre. Meet at Api Api Lab (Kranji Way entrance)
Website: http://artinwetlands.wordpress.com/ and http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

27 Sep (Sun): Butterfly Watch at Jurong Eco Garden

Open to the Public

The 5-ha Jurong Eco Garden (JEG) is the green lungs of Clean Tech Park comprising four green areas – a small hill forest, an earth trail through secondary forest, freshwater swamp vegetation and a rocky stream. A butterfly garden was created near the swamp and stream areas more than a year ago and is now thriving with butterfly nectar and host plants. On a good morning, many species can be seen here including Singapore’s National Butterfly the Common Rose, Common Birdwing, Tailed Jay, Blue Pansy, Leopard and Great Eggfly. In the secondary and hill forests, rarer species such as the Banded Swallowtail and Fourline Blue have been spotted.

More details on the NSS website.

Time: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: Jurong Eco Garden, Butterfly Garden
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

26 Sep (Sat): What's in my water?

What's that swimming in the water? A fish, a worm, an insect or a crocodile!? Join us for an interesting morning walk getting to know the creatures and plants that lives in and around the water edges of Sungei Buloh.
Limited to 20 participants. Register online.

Time: 9.30am-11am
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre. Please meet at Information Counter, Visitor Centre (Kranji Way entrance)
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

20 Sep (Sun): NSS Kids’ Fun with Birds and Wildlife at Sungei Buloh’s Old and New Wings

Open to the Public - Registration Needed

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s new 31-ha extension boasts cool facilities and scenic boardwalks, but the spruced-up 171-ha old wing is richer in birds and other wildlife. Join us as we explore key spots in both wings for masses of migratory shorebirds such as the Common Redshank, Pacific Golden Plover and Whimbrel, as well as the possibility of seeing wild animals like the Smooth Otter, Estuarine Crocodile, Malayan Water Monitor, Mangrove Horseshoe Crab, Tree-climbing Crab, Mudskippers and more.

Please register your children (4 to 12 years old) with Gloria Seow at gloria_seow@yahoo.com, stating their names and ages, if they are NSS members or not, and let us have your mobile number.

Time: 9-11am
Venue: Details will be emailed to those who sign up.
Cost: A fee of $5 per child (member) or $10 per child (non-member) will be collected on the spot. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in at no charge. Details will be emailed to those who sign up.
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

20 Sep (Sun): BES Drongos Petai Trail Walk

Our fun-loving team of volunteers are all geared up for this guiding season! Take the chance to walk with us in the early morning and enjoy some fresh air. Be ready to break a little sweat and fulfill your weekly workout quota with a leisurely hike while learning interesting stories facts about the unique flora and fauna of the CCNR. The 2.5hour walk follows the Petai Trail boardwalk, which hugs the MacRitchie reservoir.

More information and registration online on http://besdrongos.wordpress.com/

Time: 8.45am to 12noon
Meeting Place: Mushroom Cafe at the toilet hut near the entrance of Macritchie Reservoir Park.
Website: http://besdrongos.wordpress.com/

19 Sep (Sat): Trees of the Fort

Did you know that a Kapok tree can grow up to 40 metres high? Let our nature-loving guides bring you on a journey to find out more about our heritage trees and other beautiful trees like the towering Kapok, flaky Gelam and magnificent Madras Thorn!
This is part of the ‘Connecting with Nature’ programmes featuring a series of educational activities in our parks where you and your family can learn and appreciate nature.

Things to bring: Water, umbrella and mosquito repellent. Do wear comfortable clothes, preferably long pants and shoes too.

The activity will only commence when there are at least 15pax and we will inform you of the confirmation latest 6 days before the activity date. Maximum group size 30 persons. Register online.

Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: Meeting Point, Roundabout, between Fort Canning Art Center and Hotel Fort Canning (map here)
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

19 Sep (Sat): National Orchid Garden guided tour

Explore the beauty and diversity of orchids in the National Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Over 1000 species and 2,000 hybrids are now found in the Gardens' collection, with about 600 species and hybrids on display. Every year, more vibrant and enduring hybrids are added on
Full map at http://www.sbg.org.sg/map_nog.htm

This walk is conducted by the volunteers of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

A tour in Mandarin is also conducted at 4pm.

Time: 9am, 10am, 11am (English) and 4pm (Mandarin), register at Visitor Centre, Nassim Gate, 15 minutes before the tour starts. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Tour duration: One hour.
Cost: While the tour is free, admission charges to the Orchid Garden applies: $5/adult, $1/student, $1/senior citizens (above 60 years) , Child below 12 years - Free
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services 6471 7361

19 Sep (Sat): Kampong Tour at Pulau Ubin

Take a walk with us to experience Ubin's wonderful natural and cultural heritage. The walk takes about 2 hour to complete. The tour will start at the Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub and take you through the spice trees around Jelutong campsite, Butterfly Hill, Pekan Quarry, Sensory Trail Ponds, Kampong House, Old Bin Kiang School site, Toa Pek Kong Temple and end at the Wayang Stage. You will hear about the use of spices in cooking and the interesting history of the different sites.
Do you know what the Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub was in the 1970s? When was the Toa Pek Kong Temple built? If you would like to know, then this is an excellent introduction to the heritage of the island.

For all ages, children under the age of 13 to be under parental/guardian guidance.

Limited to 4 groups, each group a maximum of 15 people. Register online.

Time: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: Meet at Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub, a 10-min walk from Ubin Jetty. More on how to get to Pulau Ubin.
Cost: Guided tours charges: SGD$60.00 / Group (for a maximum of 15 people) Only payment via cheque are allowed until further notice. 4 groups per day allowed, each group can accommodate a maximum of 15 people
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

19 Sep (Sat): Talks for Creepy Crawlies and Other Invertebrates Week

Join us as we celebrate the wildlife of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the inaugural Wow Wild West! This week, we look at the unsung heroes vital to the ecosystem – the creepy crawlies (insects, spiders and molluscs). This event aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of our wildlife through talks, guided walks and other exciting activities. Suitable for children, families and the young at heart!

Critter Chatter
Did you know that the male Golden Orb Web Spider can be 1000 times smaller than the female? Come down and listen to short talks by our staff and volunteers on a variety of subjects from animal behaviours, wildlife research in Sungei Buloh to wildlife photography tips!

Live out your wildest dreams by signing up for ‘I Want to be a Wildlife Biologist!’

Guided Walk
Join the creepy crawlies themed walk for everyone.

Unleash your child’s artistic flair at the Kid’s Activity Station, where different “wild” activities await them every week!
Badge making
Bookmark making
Sticker Time!
Educational card games
Face/Hand painting

Go Wild!
Go wild with animal props at our photo booth or try to mimic of one of our local invertebrates! Also, see how it feels to get 'caught' on our camera traps! If you’d rather be not be in the spotlight, enter our photo caption contest and stand a chance to get featured on the official NParks Facebook page!

Time: 9-3pm
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre. Please meet at Information Counter, Visitor Centre (Kranji Way entrance).
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

19 Sep (Sat): I want to be a Wildlife Biologist!

Always imagined working with nature and wildlife? Have you always dreamt of being a field biologist studying animals in the wild? Then sign up for one of our workshops- where you'll be taught and mentored by wildlife photographer, wildlife biologist and a wildlife artist. This short introduction is an invaluable chance for you live out your wildest dreams!
“I want to be a wildlife biologist” by Sarah Pascoe – A workshop for children who want to experience what it would be like to be a field biologist, they will be taught how to survey and observe animals in the wild and will have a chance to carry out surveys around the reserve to have a full experience.

Limited to 15 children aged 10 to 12. The workshop is free but registration is required. Register online here.

Time: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre. Please meet at Information Counter, Visitor Centre (Kranji Way entrance)
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/