30 Apr (Thu): Green Drinks with Alpha Biofuels

Because you want to engage in a greater conversation about the environment, and steer it towards a positive outcome for the world.

This April, meet biodiesel specialists Alpha Biofuels, who will give you the low down on biodiesel. Allan will talk about the benefits of biodiesel and how recycled waste can be used to create biodiesel.

Time: 8-10pm
Venue: Food #03, 109 Rowell Road (Off Serangoon Rd in Little India) map
Website: Green Drinks Facebook Group
Contact: olivia@greendrinks.org

27 Apr (Mon): Public Seminar on “Status of Coral Reefs in Asia and the World"

Dr Wilkinson, an internationally recognised coral reef scientist responsible for coordinating the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network will discuss “Status of Coral Reefs in Asia and the World; the search for solutions to reef decline”.
Among his key points are that: Singapore is a bridge between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can take a lead because of the particularly strong education, research and information technology capacity. But first people in Singapore must demonstrate that they are concerned about the environment, want to arrest climate change and sincerely protect their own coral reef resources.

Synopsis:
Coral reefs continue to be threatened by direct human pressures of pollution and over-fishing, but now the threat of climate change has being recognized as the major future threat to reefs around the world.

The report released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and the International Coral Reef Initiative in late 2008, with more than 370 leading scientists and managers from 96 countries, reports that 19% of the world’s coral reefs have effectively been lost and another 35% are threatened with destruction in the next few decades; unless urgent action is taken to improve management and reduce threats.

The ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008’ report contains both good and bad news: there has been major recovery of reefs in the Indian Ocean, parts of Southeast Asia and western Pacific after climate change induced bleaching in 1998, especially on those reefs that were in protected areas.

The bad news was the damage caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and massive coral bleaching combined with hurricane damage that devastated large areas of Caribbean coral reefs in 2005 and 2006. There are also increasing human pressures including pollution, development, deforestation and overfishing in East Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, populated areas of the Pacific and Caribbean, and there has been a ‘outbreak’ of bomb and cyanide fishing in Asia and in Tanzania.

The saddest story is in Southeast Asia which has the richest coral reefs in the world as well as the greatest human threats to reefs. But also Asia has rapid growing economies that will demand greater environmental protection. Singapore is a bridge between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and can take a lead because of the particularly strong education, research and information technology capacity. But first people in Singapore must demonstrate that they are concerned about the environment, want to arrest climate change and sincerely protect their own coral reef resources.

About the Speaker:
Dr Wilkinson an internationally recognised coral reef scientist responsible for coordinating the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), which is active in more than 80 countries. Funding from the Governments of the USA and Australia, as well as Japan, France and international NGOs supports the GCRMN, which publishes the "Status of Coral Reefs of the World" reports in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2008 with special reports on the tsunami and coral bleaching damage to coral reefs. Among his diverse roles, Dr Wilkinson's research interests cover a wide range of topics, including microbiology, ecology of sponges and the implications of climate change to coral reefs.

Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Contact: Lim Wei Ling LIM_Wei_Ling@nparks.gov.sg

20-26 Apr: Highlights of the week ahead

Earth Day is on 22 Apr! And here's some events to celebrate ...

For kids and the family
For everyone
  • Earth Day talk by Dr Shawn Lum: "How far have we come, and what challenges remain?"
Walks in our wild places
Other events
Registration now open
Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

Photo of the week is this living Sundial snail which is rarely seen on our shores. It's amazing what you can find if you look! Shared by Budak on his blog.

IMG_3908, originally uploaded by budak.

26 Apr (Sun): 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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

26 Apr (Sun): Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs

photo by Andy DineshThe Naked Hermit Crabs introduce you to Chek Jawa without getting your feet wet. Enjoy the great view and find out more about rare coastal plants, cute fiddler crabs, aggressive mudskippers, sturdy mangrove trees, interesting bugs and more!

The free walk will be held every the last Sunday of the month.

The Crabs say "Please come in small groups of not more than 6. We have only a couple of guides this Sunday, so we can only take about 20 visitors."

Time: 3 pm meet at the Chek Jawa Info Kiosk
Duration: Two hours
Cost: no charge for now, but donations accepted.
Website: http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.com/
Contact: nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com

26 Apr (Sun): Chek Jawa boardwalk with Cicada Tree Eco Place

Living Earth Walks goes to 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 was also a rich hunting ground. Many natural resources were depended upon, and used in sustainable ways by the kampong folk who lived at CJ.

Trails: Wooden boardwalk. Earth paths, some parts with gentle slopes.

Minimum 20 pax for walk to go ahead.

Advance registration & payment is required. Regeister with Celine Low contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Time: 9am-noon
Cost: $15 per person (adult or child), minimum 6 years of age, excluding the bumboat ride and mini-bus ride to Chek Jawa. The bumboat ride is $2.50 per person one way. The mini-bus ride is $4 return per person to and from the main village.
Website: http://cicadatree.blogspot.com/
Contact: Celine Low contact@cicadatree.org.sg

25 Apr (Sat): Guided walk at Evolution Garden

A free guided walk of this unique garden in the Botanic Gardens, that tells the story of how our plants came to be. An easy stroll on paved paths among strange plants.

Suitable for kids.

The 4pm tour is conducted in mandarin.

This walk is held every fourth Saturday of the month.

Time: 9am (English tour) 4pm (Mandarin tour)
Venue: Register at Visitor Centre before the tour starts.
Contact: Visitor Services 6471 7361

25 Apr (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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

25 Apr (Sat): Guided tour at Hort Park

This free tour of HortPark features HortGardens, a collection of 20 theme gardens and the GardenPatch, a patchwork of display plots showcasing garden designs, concepts and products by local gardening-related companies. See nurserymen at work, propagating plants for our garden city.

This tour is conducted every last Saturday of the month.

Please register 15 minutes before the tour. Registration is on a first-come-first served basis.

Time: 10-11.30 am
Venue: Register at Visitor Information Counter @ HortPark
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 64715601 or NPARKS_HortPark@nparks.gov.sg

25 Apr (Sat): Art at Sungei Buloh - Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. What shall I do with this empty glass container?

Create an art piece! Join us for a fun family activity in creating those glass containers into your personalised art piece! At the end of this activity, you can either keep it or give to your love ones. Bring your own clean glass containers if you have or you can purchase a glass container at minimum cost per participant. This amount will be donated to SBWR Conservation fund. Other materials will be provided.

Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Visitor Center, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Website and contact: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/

25 Apr (Sat): Earth Day Special - Sara Goes Carbon Footprinting

Join Sara, the Botanicosaurus, and her new friend, Rana the Frog in this tour and learn about carbon footprints and the many little but important things that all of us can do to make a difference for our home, Planet Earth! Young participants will also be introduced to some useful and multi-purpose trees!

For enquiry and registration, please contact the Education at 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg . Online registration is available on www.sbg.org.sg (under "Education")

Suitable for children in K1 - P6 levels

Time: 10-11am
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Fee: $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg
Contact: 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg

24 Apr (Fri): 'Earth Day' talk by Dr Shawn Lum

Earth Day: How far have we come, and what challenges remain?

Dr Shawn Lum from the National Institute of Education and Nature Society (Singapore) gives this talk.

The late 1960s was a time when many social, political, environmental and other issues took on a dynamism and immediacy few had seen before (or since). It was this milleu that the idea for the first Earth day was mooted 40 years ago. This talk will briefly review the history and inspiration behind Earth Day, and will look at the environmental concerns of the 1960s and 70s with those of today. How successful have be been at both a local and global level at addressing the issues first raised 40 years ago? What new issues have gained prominence and how are we dealing with them? We will also pay special attention to Southeast Asia to see if there are any unique environmental threats facing the region, to celebrate local environmental triumphs both big and small, and to make some guesses as to what future Earth Days will hold in store for us.

Time: 4-5pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Contact: Janice Yau Janice_YAU@nparks.gov.sg

until 12 Jul: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s first photography competition

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve’s first photography competition launches with the theme of "Animals Unrestrained".
This competition seeks to encourage photographers of all ages to capture the splendour of the unique animals living in the mangrove habitat of SBWR.

It includes a separate category for participants under the age of 16.

Pick up your camera equipment and put your skills to the test! Upload your entries online and stand to win prizes sponsored by Hyatt!

Go to www.nparks.gov.sg/photocompetition for entry rules, regulations and instructions.

For more details, please call 67941403.

13-19 Apr: Highlights of the week ahead

For kids and the family
Special events
Walks in our wild places
Talks and other events
Announcements
  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Route 1: part of it will be closed from 15 to 25 Apr. From the Reserve website.
Registration now open Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

Photo of the week is by Brandon of this spider, carrying something. Look closely and you'll be surprised what you can spot!

IMG_2430, originally uploaded by brandon Chia.

19 Apr (Sun): "The 11th Hour" free screening at Botanic Gardens

Advance Screening of the 11th Hour by HBO and Singapore Botanic Gardens

Humankind's 11th hour is here: the last moment when we can change course and stop our rush toward global ecological collapse. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio produces and narrates this urgent and transformational look at where we've been, where we're going and - most important - how we can change.
Thinkers from Mikhail Gorbachev to Stephen Hawking to sustainable-design expert William McDonough and dozens more reveal the current, critical state of life on planet earth. Astonishing images of floods, fires, hurricanes, collapsing ice cliffs and growing mountains of waste juxtaposed with images of a sustainable future urge us to take action. Will we employ exciting new technologies and change our behavior to save our planets? The crisis is now; but we do have the solutions to save this unique blue planet for future generations.

It's our generation that gets to change the world... forever!

Admission is free, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Visit also the eco-living exhibition and learn to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle from a group of students.

The 11th Hour premieres Earth Day, Wednesday 22nd April, 9pm on HBO (StarHub Ch 60)


Time: 11am and 4pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

19 Apr (Sun): 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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

18 Apr (Sat): Plant Walk at Hindhede Nature Park

Do you know that we have a Brazil Nut Tree in the park? Do you also know that the wood of Jelutong is used to make pencils? Let our volunteers share with you stories about our green allies in Hindhede Nature Park.

The walk is conducted by the Building and Environment Green Volunteers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic's School of Engineering and the Central Nature Reserve volunteers.

More about the activity on the NParks website.

Time: first walk: 10am, second walk: 10.30am. Meet us 5 minutes earlier in front of the information counter at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg
Contact: Woon_Ling_Ling@nparks.gov.sg or 6554 5127.

18 Apr (Sat): Jemput! Rediscovering Plants in Malay Cuisine & Culture

Come and join us on our free guided walks as part of Jemput! Rediscovering Plants in Malay Cuisine & Culture. Fort Canning Park presents a themed-display in the park that focuses on the second largest ethnic group in Singapore, the Malays, from March to April 09. There will be two public workshops, and free guided walks in Fort Canning Park’s Spice Garden which provide a chance for participants to get up close and personal to plants which play an important role in both cuisine and culture of the Malays.

The early Malays who led a semi-nomadic way of life have garnered a wealth of information extracted from nature and the environment that surrounds them. These old wisdom were usually passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth and have been known to be laced with superstitions and sometimes contain very little logic and science. Nevertheless, these beliefs and practices have assimilated in the Malay culture and traditions and some practiced till this very day.

Jemput – a term often used to invite guests into their home, start of a meal or just about any activities. We welcome you to rediscover and sample the rich Malay culture. Your journey begins here.

The tour will lasts approximately 1½ hr and will introduce participants to plants commonly featured in Malay cuisine, tradition and ceremonies. Walk is moderately easy but will involve some climbing down and up steps and slope.

Registration required: Call 63321200/63321302 or email surinam_sumsudin@nparks.gov.sg or goh_lili@nparks.gov.sg.

Dates and times:
18 Mar (Wed), 10am
4 Apr (Sat), 4pm
18 Apr (Sat), 4pm
Venue: meet outside NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre, Fort Canning Park
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 63321200/63321302 or surinam_sumsudin@nparks.gov.sg or goh_lili@nparks.gov.sg.

18 Apr (Sat): Library talk on "Showcasing Singapore's Dragonflies - Let the Dragons Fly!"

In Singapore, about 117 species of dragonfly has been recorded. However to most people in this highly urbanised city, dragonflies now exist only in our memories. Parents who used to live in kampongs will remember these colourful insects flying around ponds or streams and the fun they had trying to catch them. But dragonflies are still here, alive and well. And they are as beautiful and vivid as ever. Robin will share his dragonfly knowledge with the audience. He'll reveal the insect's intimate life history, showcase their vibrancy, where we can appreciate them and the simple things we can do to conserve our dragonflies.

Suitable for children age 5 to 12 years old

About the speaker, Mr Robin Ngiam. Robin is a Senior Project Officer in the National Biodiversity Centre in NParks. He is currently working on a dragonfly project. The main aim of his work is to document the dragonflies found in our parks and gardens. He is also aiding park managers in enhancing the ponds to attract more dragonflies; leading NParks staff in doing dragonfly surveys; and educating anyone who is interested to know more of these beautiful insects. He also works closely with colleagues from the nature reserves to survey rare dragonfly species found only in Singapore's remaining forests.

Brought to your by 'Community in Bloom' and the National Biodiversity Centre (NParks), in partnership with the National Library Board.

Time: 3-4pm
Venue: Ang Mo Kio Public Library, Activities Room
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

18 Apr (Sat): MAD lessons on birds with Cicada Tree Eco-Place

Do birds sleep? What are the 10 most common birds in Singapore? Do all birds sing? How does a bird build its nest? What's Singapore's largest bird? If you're curious about Singapore's beautiful birds, join us for this lesson. We will share with you what we know about birds--where they live, what they eat, and how they protect themselves from predators. This MAD lesson will also include information about how you can be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

Registration required: email Celine Low contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Cost: $15 per child which includes a badge and nature magazine.
Website: http://cicadatree.blogspot.com/
Contact: Celine Low contact@cicadatree.org.sg

18 Apr (Sat): Prawnwatch at Sungei Buloh

Free guided introduction to traditional prawn 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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups.

More about PrawnWatch on the Sungei Buloh website. More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website.

Time: Meet at 9.30am at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Information Counter.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for older children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

18 Apr (Sat): "When sharks die, the oceans die" ACRES at Speakers' Corner

Join ACRES at the first ever gathering of animal lovers at Speakers' Corner!

From email from Louis Ng, ACRES dated 8 Apr 09

Why should you care that over one million sharks were killed last year alone for the sake of shark fin soup?

Because this is not just about sharks.

When sharks die, the oceans die.

Latest research shows that when sharks are removed from the ecosystem, the entire marine food chain starts to collapse, and takes with it the food resources on which large populations of humans depend.

It all happens under the surface and out of sight, so we never get to see it. But now we can.

A ‘first-of-its-kind’ ACRES Event.

Join ACRES for a revealing display of the devastating domino effect caused by the disappearance of sharks.

This event to launch ACRES’ campaign against shark fin soup will be held at Hong Lim Park (Speaker’s Corner) on 18 April 2009 from 2pm to 4pm.

It is a unique opportunity for animal lovers to show their support for the thousands of creatures threatened by the soup.

Why you need to be there.

If you have ever eaten shark fin, please come and discover why the practice is so destructive.

If you love nature and the earth, please come learn about this catastrophe under the sea.

Even if you couldn’t care less about sharks or nature, please come find out how this will change your life. Because like it or not, all of us are eventually going to pay the price for Asia’s ravenous indulgence in this soup.

Time: 2-5pm
Venue: Hong Lim Park (Speakers’ Corner) map
Website and contact: http://www.acres.org.sg

18 Apr (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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

18 Apr (Sat): Mangrove walk at Pasir Ris Park

Eppy Walk What exactly is a mudskipper? And who is Fiddler crab or Sesamine crab? Does a dog-faced water snake look more like a dog or a snake? Join the team and discover answers to the questions above and more. And if we’re lucky, we may be able to see some of the seashore animals at the river mouth (depending on the tide conditions).

Suitable for kids.

Registration closes one day before the walk date.

This walk is held every third Saturday. More details on the Pasir Ris Park website.

Time: 9-10am
Venue: Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Green (Carpark C)
Cost: $4/person
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: chong_wei_teng@nparks.gov.sg

18 Apr (Sat): Guided walk at the Sensory Trail, Pulau Ubin

Experience Ubin's wonderful nature through your senses along our Sensory Trail, the trail will brought you to the patch of herbs and spices and a "Secret Garden" to feel the original garden used to be on the island. Much more along the trail for you to explore.

This walk is held every third Saturday of the month.

For more details about this walk, see the NParks website
More about the Sensory Trail on the wildsingapore website and Ubin Volunteers blog

Time: Walks starts 9.30am and lasts for about 1.5 hours. Meet at the Pulau Ubin Main Information Kiosk next to the Ubin Jetty.
Cost: $60 per group of 15 persons, maximum 6 groups
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Jacky Soh jacky_soh@nparks.gov.sg or 65434734

18 Apr (Sat): Guided walk at the National Orchid Garden

A leisurely stroll through a garden of orchids and other special plants.

This walk is conducted by the volunteers of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and is held every third Saturday of the month.

A tour in Mandarin is also conducted at 4pm.

Time: 9am, 10am, 11am and 4pm, register at Visitor Centre 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.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services 6471 7361

18 Apr (Sat): Rainforest walk at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

A Walk in an Ancient Forest: This free guided nature walk brings you along natural winding hillside trails under tall rainforest trees. Learn about our only substantial patch of primary rainforest, spot forest creatures and strange forest plants.

Along a slightly undulating nature path, the walk is suitable for children aged 9 and above. The trail is not accessible to prams and wheelchairs.

More about the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve on the wildsingapore website and NParks website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Central Nature Reserve and is held every third Saturday of the month.

Please register at least three days before the walk at 65545127 or email woon_ling_ling@nparks.gov.sg

Time: 9.30am. Meet at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, at the ranger counter at 9.25am.
Tour duration: About one hour.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Woon_Ling_Ling@nparks.gov.sg or Tel:6554 5127

18 Apr (Sat): Stories about Nature - Drama workshop for kids

Through story, dramatisation and props provided to further ignite and enhance the imagination, children will learn about nature, its effects on our earth and how to show respect towards it.

For enquiry and registration, please contact the Education at 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg . Online registration is available on www.sbg.org.sg (under "Education")

Suitable for children in P1 - P3 levels.

Time: 3-4pm
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Fee: $10 per child
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg
Contact: 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg

18 Apr (Sat): Before you get that doggie! a Library talk for kids

Yes, you have requested time and again for Daddy and Mummy to get you a dog. But hang on a second... This is a much bigger decision than you can imagine! Join us to find out what that big decision can lead to and how it can be for the whole family! Its not just about strays, abuse and safety. It is also about maintaining your dog in an environmentally friendly way.

This talk by Action for Singapore Dogs is for all children and their parents. Admission is free.

Time: 1.30-2.30pm
Venue: Activities Room in Marine Parade Public Library
Website and contact: http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/

18 Apr (Sat): "Nature & Me" - Drama workshop for kids

Through story, dramatisation and props provided to further ignite and enhance the imagination, children will learn about nature, its effects on our earth and how to show respect towards it.

For enquiry and registration, please contact the Education at 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg . Online registration is available on www.sbg.org.sg (under "Education")

Suitable for children in K1 - K2 levels

Time: 2-3pm
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Fee: $10.00 per child
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg
Contact: 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg

6-12 Apr : Highlights of the week ahead

For kids
It's low tide!
Walks in our wild places
Exhibition
  • 2-30 Apr: Asia In Crisis A Photo Exhibition on Environmental Destruction, at the National Library
For Nature Society (Singapore) members only
Announcements
  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Route 1: part of it will be closed from 15 to 25 Apr. From the Reserve website.
Registration now open Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

Photo of the week
is this awesome shot of a pair of flatworms engaged in 'penis fencing' on Pulau Hantu. Chay Hoon took this during the Hantu Bloggers' Fifth Anniversary Dive. Our reefs are very much alive with lots of interesting action. We only have to go out and observe!

Flatworms Penis Fencing, originally uploaded by il_mare77.

12 Apr (Sun): Intertidal walk at Pulau Semakau

This half-day guided walk will take you through the operations of the landfill and the pristine intertidal area of Pulau Semakau. Guided by Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research Semakau volunteer guides, participants will explore the richness of the seagrass meadows and coral reefs without having to dive in our waters.

Booking required. Reservations not accepted. Booking is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

60 places available. Please register early by emailing Siyang at siyang@nus.edu.sg your name, contact number, organisation (if any), date of walk and number of participants. To confirm your booking, a non-refundable pre-payment is required.

More about the walks on the RMBR website. More about Pulau Semaku on the wildsingapore website.

Time:5-11am
Departure point: participants will be advised
Cost: $53.50/adult, $40.60/child (age 7-18); all cost is inclusive of 7% GST, boat rides (return), guiding fees, guidesheets and coordinating fees.
Website: RMBR website
Contact: Siyang siyang@nus.edu.sg

12 Apr (Sun): 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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

11 Apr (Sat): Kusu Island Reefwalk with the Blue Water Volunteers

Our wild and wonderful coral reefs are just too exciting to be enjoyed by divers only! Non-swimmers are most welcome, as we only visit the reefs during low tide, so you only expect to get wet around your ankles at most.

Trained and enthusiastic volunteer guides will introduce you to the marine life found on Kusu Island and share reef stories.

Suitable for children.

Pre-registration is required. To register, click on this link and fill up the form.

Time: 5-9am
Venue: Marina South Pier
Cost: $15/person
Website: http://www.bluewatervolunteers.org
Contact: reefwalk@gmail.com

11 Apr (Sat): Greenary Mystery! at the Library for kids

Greenary Mystery! An Experimental Science Workshop

Learn how you can make a difference by being part of the FORCE for good! Go Green! Come to this session to explore the unknown power of plants in our daily lives. Discover what makes Singapore a Green country and design your own Ecosystem. Limited to 40 children aged 8-12 only.

To register, please visit http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg and surf on to Bounce.

Time: 2-3pm
Venue: Programme Zone in Bishan Public Library
Website and contact: http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg

11 Apr (Sat): Ulu Pandan Ramble with The Nature Ramblers

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Led by Benjamin Ho, the ramble will explore the wooded areas along the railway track, Old Holland Road and the canal leading to Ulu Pandan River. Bring your binoculars as there is a good chance of seeing interesting birds along the way. Dress comfortably, not forgetting your hat and sunglasses. This is a 7km/4hr ramble geared for robust walkers such as adults and children above 12 years old. Meet at 7.30 am No booking is required.

Time: 7.30am, meet at the track by the side of the railway crossing along Bukit Timah Road near King Albert Park. The ramble will end at Ulu Pandan Road.
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

11 Apr (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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

11 Apr (Sat): Forest walk at the Botanic Gardens Rainforest Trail

A free guided nature walk through a rainforest right in the heart of the city! Along paved trails, under the shade of giant trees, learn about our rainforests, spot forest creatures and strange plants.

Suitable for young children.

More about the Botanic Gardens Rainforest Trail on the wildsingapore website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NPark's Singapore Botanic Gardens and is held every second Saturday of the month.

A special Mandarin version of this tour is at 4pm.

Time: 9am, 10am, 11am, 4pm; Register 15 minutes before the tour at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One hour.
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

11 Apr (Sat): "Getting to know MacRitchie" walk

Want to about the history and importance of MacRitchie? "Getting to Know MacRitchie" is the walk for you. Starting at the roundabout within the park, the first portion of the walk will cover the history of MacRitchie and its relationship with water. The second portion of the walk will cover how the forests around the reservoir play a very important role in maintaining the water quality�in MacRitchie�and how the various flora and fauna, within the forests, are vital to life. The walk will weave through the forest trail and end at the bandstand.

This free walk is also available in Mandarin, upon request.

Kindly dress in comfortable clothing and shoes for this walk. Do bring along water and an umbrella. In the event of bad weather, the walk will be cancelled.

For more information and registration, please call 6554-5127.

Time: 9am
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Call 65545127 for enquiry and/or free registration.

11 Apr (Sat): Nature walk at MacRitchie Prunus Trail

Botanical wonders of MacRitchie. Free guided nature walk along boardwalks hugging the MacRitchie Reservoir. Learn about this mature secondary, spot forest and aquatic wildlife, enjoy panaromic views of waters surrounded by luxuriant forest.

Suitable for young children.

More about the MacRitchie Prunus Trail on the wildsingapore website and NParks website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks Central Nature Reserve and is held every second Saturday of the month.

Time: 9.30am. Meet at entrance of the trail, about 50m after the canoe kiosk on the eastern side of MacRitchie Reservoir Park.
Tour duration: About one hour.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Woon_Ling_Ling@nparks.gov.sg or call 6554 5127.

30 Mar-5 Apr: Highlights of the week ahead

For the kids and the family
Special events this week
Walks in our wild places
For Nature Society (Singapore) members only
Announcements
From 15 Apr permits will be required for camping on weekends in our parks. The number of permits will also be controlled. More details on the wildsingapore news blog. More about camping on our shores on the wild shores of singapore blog.

Registration now open Visit the wildsingapore happenings blog for a full listing of upcoming events for the next three weeks and to search for events by your area of interest.

Photo of the week is Chay Hoon's wonderful exploration of the miniature wildlife right under our noses! Take the time to take a closer look and you'll be delighted!

金蛋, originally uploaded by il_mare77.

5 Apr (Sun): 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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Sunday morning, subject to availability of guides.

Time: 9.30 am (subject to availability of guides) for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact: info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

5 Apr (Sun): Birdwatching at Pulau Semakau

for Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Dr Ho Hua Chew leads this walk. This is a good time to visit Semakau for migratory birds and migrant surprises. Resident attractions include the Greatbilled Heron, Pacific Reef Egret, Malaysian Plover, Barred Buttonquail etc.

Booking required at hohc@ starhub.net.sg. IC or Passport is mandatory for boat boarding. Strictly for members only on a first come first serve basis. Children under 12 years old are not allowed (NEA regulation).

Time: 7.30am, meet at the West Coast Pier near the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Return to mainland by 2.00pm.
Registration fee: Non-refundable fee of $28 for boat ride and administration. Send your cheques to NSS office by 10 Jan with the All-Purpose Form (back page). Number of persons per trip: 11, 22 or 33.
Website:
http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

4 Apr (Sat): Jemput! Rediscovering Plants in Malay Cuisine & Culture

Come and join us on our free guided walks as part of Jemput! Rediscovering Plants in Malay Cuisine & Culture. Fort Canning Park presents a themed-display in the park that focuses on the second largest ethnic group in Singapore, the Malays, from March to April 09. There will be two public workshops, and free guided walks in Fort Canning Park’s Spice Garden which provide a chance for participants to get up close and personal to plants which play an important role in both cuisine and culture of the Malays.

The early Malays who led a semi-nomadic way of life have garnered a wealth of information extracted from nature and the environment that surrounds them. These old wisdom were usually passed on from generation to generation by word of mouth and have been known to be laced with superstitions and sometimes contain very little logic and science. Nevertheless, these beliefs and practices have assimilated in the Malay culture and traditions and some practiced till this very day.

Jemput – a term often used to invite guests into their home, start of a meal or just about any activities. We welcome you to rediscover and sample the rich Malay culture. Your journey begins here.

The tour will lasts approximately 1½ hr and will introduce participants to plants commonly featured in Malay cuisine, tradition and ceremonies. Walk is moderately easy but will involve some climbing down and up steps and slope.

Registration required: Call 63321200/63321302 or email surinam_sumsudin@nparks.gov.sg or goh_lili@nparks.gov.sg.

Dates and times:
18 Mar (Wed), 10am
4 Apr (Sat), 4pm
18 Apr (Sat), 4pm
Venue: meet outside NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre, Fort Canning Park
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 63321200/63321302 or surinam_sumsudin@nparks.gov.sg or goh_lili@nparks.gov.sg.

4 Apr (Sat): Free guided nature walk at Pasir Ris Park

Join Grant Pereira and the Green Volunteers for a leisurely 2-hour stroll along flat ground. Visit the herb/spice garden, mangroves and native trees.

Time: Meet 9.30am sharp at Pasir Ris MRT.
Website: http://thegreenvolunteers.blogspot.com

4 Apr (Sat): Edible and medicinal plants tour at the Botanic Gardens

Join this free tour by our volunteer guides and spice up your knowledge of Edible and Medicinal Plants.

This tour is conducted every first Saturday. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis at the Visitor Centre, 15 minutes before the tour starts.

More information on the Singapore Botanic Gardens website.

Time: 9am and 10am, register 15 minutes before the tour at Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services (6471 7361)

4 Apr (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.

Registration is not required for small walk-in groups. But each walk is limited to 15 persons per guide and is on a first-come -first-served basis. The walks are weather permitting and may merge with other activities at the Reserve. Those coming with large groups are advised to pre-register.

More about the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on the wildsingapore website and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks' Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and is held every Saturday.

Time: 9.30am and 3.30pm for walk in guests, register at the Visitor Centre.
Tour duration: One to one-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children.
Entry charges: While the walk is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
Contact:
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

4 Apr (Sat): Nature Walk at Lower Pierce Boardwalk

Up Close and Personal at Lower Peirce. Free guided nature walk along boardwalks through cool, shady forests and by the Lower Peirce Reservoir. Learn about our forests, spot forest and aquatic wildlife, enjoy panaromic views of waters surrounded by luxuriant forest.

Suitable for young children.

More about the Lower Peirce Trail on the wildsingapore website and NParks website. This walk is conducted by the volunteer guides of NParks Central Nature Reserve and is held every first Saturday of the month.

Time: 9.30am. Meet at Casuarina Entrance of the trail along Old Upper Thomson Road, which is a 2-minute walk from Casuarina Road.
Tour duration: One-and-a-half hours. Suitable for young children
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: vanessa_chang@nparks.gov.sg or call 6554 5127.

4 Apr (Sat): MAD lessons on birds with Cicada Tree Eco-Place

Do birds sleep? What are the 10 most common birds in Singapore? Do all birds sing? How does a bird build its nest? What's Singapore's largest bird? If you're curious about Singapore's beautiful birds, join us for this lesson. We will share with you what we know about birds--where they live, what they eat, and how they protect themselves from predators. This MAD lesson will also include information about how you can be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

Registration required: email Celine Low contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Choose any one of the dates below:
4 Apr (Sat): 2.30-4.30pm
18 Apr (Sat): 2.30-4.30pm

Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Cost: $15 per child which includes a badge and nature magazine.
Website: http://cicadatree.blogspot.com/
Contact: Celine Low contact@cicadatree.org.sg

4 Apr (Sat): Our Kitchen Garden Tour at Pasir Ris Park

Excite your senses with our Kitchen Garden Tour. Find out how vegetables are grown before it gets onto your plate! You will also learn about some natural remedies that our grandmothers might have planted in their own backyard.

Suitable for children from K1-P6 levels.

To register, please contact Wei Teng at 64653305 or email chong_wei_teng@nparks.gov.sg

This walk is conducted every first Saturday of the month

Time: 9am - 10am
Venue: Pasir Ris Park, Pasir Ris Green (Carpark C)
Cost: $4 per person
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: chong_wei_teng@nparks.gov.sg

3 Apr (Fri): Workshop for Nature Guides - Mangroves

by the Leafmonkey Workshop

This workshop is an introduction to the mangrove habitat and its common flora and fauna. Learn how to translate dry facts to fun stories to share about our mangroves.

The focus of this workshop is on connecting ordinary people with nature. If you are a nature guide and have been struggling, trying to digest and convert biological facts to fun stories for your visitors, this workshop is for you!

This workshop aims to bring experienced and new nature guides together to brainstorm ideas. Let's learn from one another, and come up with new ways to share our passion.

Be prepared to work hard, have fun, make new friends and definitely learn new ways of looking at guiding and our wild places.

SPEAKER
Lim Cheng Puay. A biologist by training and a teacher by profession, Cheng Puay did his masters in biological sciences in NUS and over his time at the university, did much of his research on the mangroves in Singapore.

More details of the event on the Leafmonkey Workshop

Time: 7 - 9.30pm
Venue: Civil Service College, 31 North Buona Vista Road [Map]
Website: http://leafmonkeyworkshop.blogspot.com/
Contact: leafmonkey@gmail.com

2 Apr-3 May: Asia In Crisis: A Photo Exhibition on Environmental Destruction

The National Library is hosting an exhibition of photographs by OnAsia, the leading Asia-specialised photo agency. Images taken by photographers working in different parts of Asia constitute an eye-opening visual account of the environmental destruction being wrought throughout the region, often in the name of progress.
OnAsia currently represents over 180 professional photographers living and working throughout the region who cover a wide variety of subjects including political and social trends. OnAsia’s online archive of over 180,000 images is a National Library Board eResource and all of its images, including those being exhibited at this exhibition, are available for educational use free of charge.

Students and educators can access and download any number of images (for use in presentations, lectures, homework, reports and so on) by visiting www.onasia.com/nlb (login with free NLB account required).

Prints used in the exhibition are available for loan, free-of-charge. To find out more, please contact Ms Sharon Chen, at Sharon_CHEN@nlb.gov.sg or call 6333 7912

Time: Mon - Sun : 10.00am - 9.00pm, Closed on Public Holidays
Venue: Promenade, Level 7, National Library Building 100 Victoria Street
Website and contact: http://www.nl.sg/