25-31 Jul: Highlights of the week ahead

For kids and the family

Walks in wild places

Talks this week
Announcements
NParks photo and video competitions! more details
  • “City in a Garden” Photography Competition: various closing dates. Share your favourite nature photo. Attractive prizes, worth more than $29,000, to be won!
  • The Parks Festival 2011 Video Competition: closing date 31 Jul 2011: Celebrate our green spaces by producing a video with the theme ‘A Park for Everyone’, and stand to win attractive prizes!

31 Jul (Sun): Paint along with Pui San at Sungei Buloh

Free art-and-nature appreciation at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Tham Pui San, a volunteer of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, is an avid artist who expresses his passion for nature through his art work.

Pui San welcomes artists of all ages or anyone who wants to learn. His objective is to encourage creativity while enjoying nature at the same time. Bring along your favourite drawing or painting supplies and enjoy learning different drawing techniques at Sungei Buloh.

More in the art in the wetlands blog.

Time: 8.30-11.30am, meet at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve ticketing counter (Visitor Centre).
Admission charges: While the art session is free, usual admission charges to Reserve apply. $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://artinwetlands.wordpress.com/
Contact: Tham Pui Sam at thampuisan@hotmail.com or the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve at info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

31 Jul (Sun): The Art of Paper Folding at Sungei Buloh

Origami is not only fun, but is also an artistic way of interpreting animals, plants, objects, or basically anything you can think of! The focus of this origami workshop will be on animals that can be found in our nature areas.
For more details see the Purple Mangroves blog.

Time: 11.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, meet at the Information Counter at the Visitor Centre
Entry charges: While the event is free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website and contact: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/

31 Jul (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.

Special free Mandarin guided walk 9.30-11.30am. Call 67941401 to register. A minimum of 5 participants required to commence the tour. Limited to maximum 15 participants.

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

30 Jul (Sat): “Green Factory” Workshop

The National Geographic Store is collaborating with NParks to offer educational talks on local conservation, biodiversity and wildlife. There will also be an exhibition on the biodiversity in Singapore.

Forests are important to us as they are a source of food and material needs for mankind. Over the years, researchers have harvested ingredients for various medicines from research on plants found in the forests. Many of the items used in our everyday lives (eg, furniture) also come from the forests. If you want to know how important the forests in Singapore are, this workshop will show you a sampler of such daily items. Kids will also get a chance to participate in a short art and craft session at the end of the workshop.

Ms Jeanne Tan (Senior Outreach Officer) conducts this session.

For children 7-12 years. Maximum class size 20 persons.

Time: 2.30-3pm
Venue: National Geographic Store #01-19 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

30 Jul (Sat): Kampong Ubin Walk with Cicada Tree Eco Place

A stroll through parts of rural Ubin. We will look at what the locals grow in their backyards, from the herbs used as traditional medicines, to vegetables, wildflowers and fruit trees. Many of these are ‘old-fashion’ plants now no longer common, such as Sawtooth Coriander, Ceylon Spinach and Rambai. Durian trees abound on Ubin, with two fruiting seasons a year. Trails: Mostly level earth paths and tar road.

Suitable for all.

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. To register email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Time: 9-11am
Cost: $13 per person (adult or child), excluding bumboat ride. The bumboat ride is $2.50 per person one way. Minimum 20 pax for walk to go ahead.

Website: http://www.cicadatree.org.sg

30 Jul (Sat): Fort Canning Spice Trail guided walk

"Revisiting History, Embracing Nature"
Join us as we guide you along The Fort Canning Spice Trail and discover the fascinating world of spices.

This trail sits on the site of Singapore’s first experimental and botanical garden. A small replica of the 19ha garden, it now has a collection of more than a hundred species of plants - spice, herbs, medicinal, economical and ornamentals. Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) and Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) trees, which were planted extensively in the first garden, can be found there as well.

Other attractions along this trail also includes the Archaeological Dig, which showcases the actual excavation site, the only such exhibition in modern Singapore and Keramat, believed to be a tomb of Singapore’s last king, Sultan Iskandar Syah.

Whether it is botanical or historical, learning about our history is just a walk in the park.

Walk is moderately easy but will involve walking up slopes and steps so do come dressed comfortably. The tour lasts two and a half hours. This walk is held every last Saturday of the month.

You may also opt for the Heritage on the Hill tour, which will bring you around the park and discover the events that have changed and shaped the face of Fort Canning over the years.

Pre-registration required. Call 63321200 or 63321302 or email nurul_asyiqin_jaffar@nparks.gov.sg

Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Meet courtyard opposite NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

30 Jul (Sat): HortPark Butterfly Garden guided tour

HortPark's Butterfly Garden is a 150-sqm landscaped theme garden comprising an enclosure and an outdoor garden. Providing a visual feast of tropical plants and nearly 20 species of native butterflies, the Butterfly Garden enables visitors to learn about the different stages of metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar into butterfly. Within the enclosure, visitors are greeted with an up close and personal encounter with these flying jewels and can observe how pupae emerge into adult butterflies before taking their maiden flight.

The Butterfly Garden also serves as an experimental garden for National Parks Board to work on a Butterfly Species Recovery Programme to research on suitable nectar and host plants for breeding a variety of butterfly species, including locally extinct species such as Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) and Common Sergeant (Athyma perius).

Get up close and personal with the flying jewels, and learn their different stages of metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar into butterfly. Observe how pupae emerge into adult butterflies before taking their maiden flight within HortPark's Butterfly Garden.

This walk is free and is held every last Saturday of the month.

Time: 9-11am, please gather at the Butterfly Garden for the tour
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 6471 5601

30 Jul (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 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

29 Jul (Fri): Talk on "The history and future of Singapore's Raffles Museum" by Prof Peter Ng

"From Whence We Came ­- The History & Future of Singapore’s Raffles Museum"

When Sir Stamford Raffles founded modern Singapore, he was acutely aware of the island’s position in the centre of tropical Southeast Asia. He mooted the idea of building a natural history museum for the island, which in 1874, was realised as the Raffles Museum and Library. It became known as an international heritage and research centre for all things Singaporean and Malayan, from archaeology to local culture, and of course, natural history. In fact, it built the foundation of biodiversity knowledge for both countries! Independence from the British saw the museum evolve. In 1965, the museum was renamed the National Museum and was tasked to focus on nation-building, as well as the arts and history of Singapore.

A few years later, the National University of Singapore took custody of the rich 150-year old natural history collections, eventually becoming the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. Providence did two things. It protected the natural history heritage of Singapore and Malaysia. It also set the stage for its revival with S$46 million raised from the public to build a new natural history museum for Singapore. What is the future for natural history in Singapore and what will the new museum do? Some of these new visions will be shared with the public in this talk. Some other interesting ideas, such as the proposed acquisition of a family of three dinosaurs, will also be discussed.

The talk is free and all are welcome.

As places are limited, please register online.

More details of the talk on the RMBR News blog.

Time: 7-8pm
Venue: The Salon, National Museum of Singapore, Level 1, 93 Stamford Road map
Contact: Ms Shu Shwu Li (dbsssl@nus.edu.sg; Tel: 6601-1938)
Website: http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/

29 Jul (Fri): Talk on "Impact of Climate Change on Singapore's Biodiversity" by Yong Ding Li

Much information is now available on global climate change, including some frightening predictions which we do not look forward to. Temperatures and sea levels are expected to rise worldwide while many areas will receive less rain. What then will happen to the remnant biodiversity and natural vegetation of Singapore as well as South-east Asia? In this talk, we explore likely changes in Singapore's flora and fauna by the year 2030 and 2050, going by current predictions of expected environmental changes. Would our rainforests still remain as it is, given fragmentation and a different climate? Are our forest birds still going to be around? Which species will survive and what should we do now?

This talk is open to the public.

Time: 8pm
Venue: The Sunflower (NSS office). 510 Geylang Road #02-05,Singapore 389466
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/

Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

29 Jul (Fri): The Fort Canning Spice Trail

Part of the Heritage Festival Guided Walks. Come discover the fascinating world of spices on the site of Fort Canning, Singapore's first experimental and botanical garden that was started in 1822.

Pre-registration required. Call 63321200 or 63321302 or email nurul_asyiqin_jaffar@nparks.gov.sg

Time: 9-10am and 4-5pm
Venue: Meet courtyard opposite NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

28 Jul (Thu): Trees of the Fort

Part of the Heritage Festival Guided Walks. This trail introduces visitors to the heritage of the numerous majestic trees in Fort Canning Park. Discover the significance of these trees and learn about the greening efforts in Singapore.
Time: 4-5 pm
Venue: Meet at courtyard, opposite NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 6332 1200 or lee_weiling@nparks.gov.sg

27 Jul (Wed): Discussion on "The Seacil Artificial Reef"

The Seacil Artificial Reef project that aims to restore and preserve corals at Sentosa and Labrador Park was a source of controversy a few years back. Charles Rowe, the leader of this project, will be giving a presentation on the merits of this project. Detractors of this project will also be invited to air their views and concerns. Join us in this discussion to judge for yourselves whether The Seacil Artificial Reef project was more of a boon or a bane to local coral conservation.

This discussion is open to the public.

Time: 8pm
Venue: The Sunflower (NSS office). 510 Geylang Road #02-05,Singapore 389466
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/

Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

26 Jul (Tue): The Fort Canning Spice Trail

Part of the Heritage Festival Guided Walks. Come discover the fascinating world of spices on the site of Fort Canning, Singapore's first experimental and botanical garden that was started in 1822.

Pre-registration required. Call 63321200 or 63321302 or email nurul_asyiqin_jaffar@nparks.gov.sg

Time: 9-10am
Venue: Meet courtyard opposite NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

26 Jul (Tue): Trees of the Fort

Part of the Heritage Festival Guided Walks. This trail introduces visitors to the heritage of the numerous majestic trees in Fort Canning Park. Discover the significance of these trees and learn about the greening efforts in Singapore.
Time: 4-5 pm
Venue: Meet at courtyard, opposite NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 6332 1200 or lee_weiling@nparks.gov.sg

18-24 Jul: Highlights of the week ahead

For kids and the family

Walks in wild places

Talks this week
24 Jul (Sun): Talks at the Botanic Gardens
  • 11am-12noon
    Amazing Gingers in the Singapore Botanic Gardens by Jana Leong-Skornickova
    Trees of the Istana by Koh Soon Kiong
  • 2-3pm
    Trees of Singapore by Tee Swee Ping
    Our Mangrove Forests by Yang Shufen
23 Jul (Sat): Talks at the Botanic Gardens
  • 11am-12noon
    Dragonflies of Singapore's Parks and Gardens by Robin Ngiam
    Secret Shores of Singapore by Ria Tan
  • 2-3pm
    Amazing Gingers in the Singapore Botanic Gardens by Jana Leong-Skornickova
    Pulau Ubin - A Haven For Wildlife by Robert Teo
Announcements
NParks photo and video competitions! more details
  • “City in a Garden” Photography Competition: various closing dates. Share your favourite nature photo. Attractive prizes, worth more than $29,000, to be won!
  • The Parks Festival 2011 Video Competition: closing date 31 Jul 2011: Celebrate our green spaces by producing a video with the theme ‘A Park for Everyone’, and stand to win attractive prizes!

24 Jul (Sun): Birdwatching at Lorong Halus

Wong Chung Cheong leads this walk which will start at the Punggol Promenade. For years, Little Grebes and Common Moorhens have made their home in Lorong Halus, an old rubbish dump site. Grassland birds like Yellow-bellied Prinias, Munias, Baya Weavers, Long-tailed Shrikes and more thrive here. Under the ABC Waters Programme, PUB recently completed works to create 'Halus Wetlands' to help purify run-offs from the dump site. Come join Chung Cheong in an enjoyable morning of sights and sounds presented by these birds.

This walk is open to the public.

Register on the NSS website. Click on the 'ATTEND' button by 18 July 2011. Maximum 30 persons.

Time: 7.30am-12noon. Meet beside the Popeye Restaurant at Tebing Lane off Punggol East. You can take the MRT to Punggol station and transfer to the LRT. Alight at Riviera LRT station and walk towards the meeting point.
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

24 Jul (Sun): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Amazing Gingers in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
by Jana Leong-Skornickova
11am-12noon
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Trees of the Istana
by Koh Soon Kiong
11am-12noon
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Trees of Singapore
by Tee Swee Ping
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Our Mangrove Forests
by Yang Shufen
2 - 3pm
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

More details on the NParks website. Preview of the exhibition on wild shores of singapore.

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

24 Jul (Sun): Rainforest Study Lesson for kids

Kids, join us for this rainforest study lesson we are having to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Forests. In this fun and educational outdoor session, we will be studying several different habitats found within a rainforest ecosystem - the canopy, forest floor and stream.

We will explore how each habitat supports its own specialised diversity of plants and animals. Teams will conclude with a sharing session of their interesting findings.

Pre-registration is required. Register with Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Time: 4-6pm
Cost: $15 per kid (with maximum of 2 adults accompanying each kid at no charge)
Venue: Dairy Farm Nature Park, 100 Dairy Farm Road
Meeting Point: Carpark B along Dairy Farm Road. Map: http://www.cicadatree.org.sg/pics/eep_rainforeststudy_map.jpg Getting There: Take bus service SMRT 700, 700A or 966 and alight at bus stop along Petir Road between Chestnut Ave and Dairy Farm Road
Website: http://www.cicadatree.org.sg/

24 Jul (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

23 Jul (Sat): Butterfly walk at the old Jurong Railway Track starting at King Albert Park

Update from NSS received on 18 Jul: This walk has been cancelled
For Nature Society (Singapore) members only

This is a nice walk from King Albert Park passing through the Bukit Timah Railway Station and ending at Old Holland Road. Steven Chong will lead us on a journey following this railway track, taking us through areas with plenty of Pansy and Emigrant butterflies. Expect to see a good mix of forest and open field butterflies and lots of Bush Browns. This is also a Common Birdwing habitat. Bring along your binoculars too, a cap and lots of sunblock.

Time: 9.30am-12noon, meet outside McDonalds at the intersection of Bukit Timah Road and King Albert Park.
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

23 Jul (Sat): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Dragonflies of Singapore's Parks and Gardens
by Robin Ngiam
11am-12noon
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Secret Shores of Singapore
by Ria Tan
11am-12noon
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Amazing Gingers in the Singapore Botanic Gardens
by Jana Leong-Skornickova
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Pulau Ubin - A Haven For Wildlife
by Robert Teo
2 - 3pm
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

More details on the NParks website. Preview of the exhibition on wild shores of singapore.

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

23 Jul (Sat): Sara Goes To Supermarket Garden - a guided tour for kids

Sara, the Botanicosaurus is back! This time Sara, with her siblings and friends, visit the Supermarket Garden in the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Join Sara to learn fascinating facts and hear interesting stories about the banana, peanut, soya bean, sugarcane, sweet potato and many more yummy fruits and vegetables in this special garden. Alongside learning about plants which you can eat, pick up tips on being a nutritional winner by eating delicious greens to stay strong and healthy.

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, 5-12 years.

Time: 10-11am
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Fee: $9 per child (includes $3 “Sara goes to the Supermarket Garden” workbook) and $6 per accompanying adult
Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg
Contact: 64719961 or nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg

23 Jul (Sat): Evolution Garden guided tour

Take a journey through time, from the fiery planet that our world was in ancient times before memory, through the planet of dinosaurs, and into the modern world of 250,000 different flowering plants we enjoy today.

Journey through time with our volunteer guides in this one-hour tour.

Suitable for kids.

This walk is held every fourth Saturday of the month. Please register 15 minutes before the tour. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.

Time: 9am (English tour)
Venue: Register at Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre before the tour starts.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services 6471 7361

23 Jul (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 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

11-17 Jul: Highlights of the week ahead

For kids and the family

Walks in wild places

Film screening

Talks this week

These talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
  • 16 Jul (Sat)
  • 11am-12noon
    Trees of Singapore by Tee Swee Ping
    Seagrass Meadows of Singapore by Lim Wei Ling
  • 2-3pm
    Wildlife in the Nature Reserves by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
    Singapore's Leaf Monkeys by Mirza Rifqi
  • 17 Jul (Sun)
  • 11am-12noon
    Taking Stock of Singapore’s Marine Biodiversity by Linda Goh & Jonathan Ngiam
    Bird Photography in Singapore by David Tan
  • 2-3pm
    Migratory Birds of Singapore by James Gan
    Conservation and Reintroduction of Singapore's Native Orchids by Yam Tim Wing

17 Jul (Sun): Nature Walk at Kranji Marshes

Gerard Francis of the Nature Society (Singapore) leads this walk. From the meeting place, a hired bus will ferry us to our destination. This walk will cover the plantlife of the marshland as well as seize the opportunity to do some birdwatching as and when interesting resident bird species come into clear view. The marsh is designated by URA as a Nature Park and is currently adopted by NSS under the PUB’s ABC Waters Programme.

This walk is open to the public.

Register on the NSS website, Click on the 'ATTEND' button to register by 8 July 2011. A registration form will then be emailed to you. Maximum 20 persons.

Time: 7.45am to 12noon. Meet at Kranji Dam Carpark B near the Tidal Gates of Kranji Reservoir (off Kranji Way). Reachable by Bus 925 from Kranji MRT Station
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

17 Jul (Sun): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Taking Stock of Singapore’s Marine Biodiversity
by Linda Goh & Jonathan Ngiam
11am-12noon
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Bird Photography in Singapore
by David Tan
11am-12noon
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Migratory Birds of Singapore
by James Gan
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Conservation and Reintroduction of Singapore's Native Orchids
by Yam Tim Wing
2 - 3pm
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

More details on the NParks website. Preview of the exhibition on wild shores of singapore.

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

17 Jul (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

16 Jul (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.

Booking now online until 9 Jul.

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. More on how to get to Pulau Ubin.
Cost: $60 per group of 15 persons, maximum 6 groups
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

16 Jul (Sat): Forest of Elders at Yishun Park

Join us at this nature walk to learn about the beautiful and important forest trees in the Dipterocarp Arboretum of Yishun Park. Find out how the fauna life exists together with these giants in the forest!
To register, please contact Ms Nanthini at nanthini_elamgovan@nparks.gov.sg or call 62738602.

Time: 9-10am
Venue: Yishun Park Amphitheatre
Cost: $4 per person
Wesbite: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

16 Jul (Sat): Talk on "Heritage Trees of Singapore"

The maturing of our Garden City in tandem with the community’s awareness on the importance of conserving our mature trees and protecting our green environment has led to the preservation of many majestic trees. Such trees which have special botanical, historical or cultural significance have been officially endorsed as Heritage Trees. These trees are our steadfast, constant companions in a city that is renowned for its high pace of development and they help us identify with and stay rooted to the place we live in.

Come learn more about our Heritage Trees and where you can find them at a talk given by Mr Joey Gan, who manages the Heritage Tree Scheme at the National Parks Board (NParks).

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

16 Jul (Sat): Talk on "Singaporeans You’ve Never Met"

The National Geographic Store is collaborating with NParks to offer educational talks on local conservation, biodiversity and wildlife. There will also be an exhibition on the biodiversity in Singapore.

Singapore got forest meh? Where can you find animals in Singapore? In the zoo!
Sad but true, these are some of the comments made by people I meet at talks and workshops in various parts of Singapore – a reflection of the lack of knowledge about Singapore’s biodiversity? Did you know that there are about 3,000 hectares of forests in Singapore and they are important habitats to some families of unique Singaporeans? How many Singaporeans are aware of this fact and why? In this talk, I will try and answer some of these uncertainties concerning Singapore’s biodiversity. You will be introduced to a myriad of unique Singaporeans that you have not met, realised the difficulties they face, understand the solutions and actions that need to be taken.

Mr Roy Tan (Senior Outreach Officer) gives this talk

Time: 2.30-3pm
Venue: National Geographic Store #01-19 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

16 Jul (Sat): Meet our Forest Friends! with Cicada Tree Eco Place

Walk on The Wild Side! We'll be leading you along the Lower Peirce Trail where certain forest friends live, like the mousedeer, pangolin and colugo. Strange names, right? Come and find out about them! There's more! Our trail is also home to monitor lizards and monkeys. If we're lucky that day (and why shouldn't we be?) we might spot our feathered friends - drongos, babblers, barbets, cuckoos, flowerpeckers, sunbirds, an eagle or two, and we might prick up our ears to hear the regal kingfishers! Our nature guides will be telling us the proper names, and we will learn more about your new friends. Come along! We'll be walking along shady boardwalks, and it will be nice and cool. It will be quite enchanting, as Lower Peirce is tucked away from the noise of the city. This will be a great nature break!

What to Bring: Water in your re-usable water bottle, and herbal insect repellent. Be sure to dress cool in cotton clothing, and bring a hat and a poncho to be prepared for any kind of weather!

Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. To register email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Time: 4-6 pm, meet at Lower Peirce boardwalk near Casuarina Walk. Map
Cost: $15 for each child. Accompanying adults (2 max.) at no charge. Minimum of 15 kids required for walk to go ahead.

Website: http://www.cicadatree.org.sg

16 Jul (Sat): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Trees of Singapore
by Tee Swee Ping
11am-12noon
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Seagrass Meadows of Singapore
by Lim Wei Ling
11am-12noon
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Wildlife in the Nature Reserves
by Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Singapore's Leaf Monkeys
by Mirza Rifqi
2 - 3pm
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

More details on the NParks website. Preview of the exhibition on wild shores of singapore.

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

16 Jul (Sat): National Orchid Garden guided tour

Explore the beauty and diversity of orchids in the National Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Since 1859, orchids have been closely associated with the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The products of the Gardens' orchid breeding programme, which began in 1928, deserve a place where they can be displayed in their full splendour. The very design of these orchids is, one could say, 'hand-crafted' by the Gardens' horticultural staff, dedicated to bringing out the finest in any hybrid cross.

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. So that all may admire and enjoy their diversity, richness and beauty, the National Orchid Garden now offers a permanent showcase, the largest display of tropical orchids in the world.

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 (English) and 4pm (Mandarin), 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

16 Jul (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 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

16 Jul (Sat): Rainforest walk at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is the largest surviving primary rainforest in Singapore. Come and join us on a fascinating journey of discovery to learn more about the natural wonders of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and why we should protect and conserve its complex ecosystem and diversity.

At this walk, the guide will introduce you to the common native flora and fauna found in the primary rainforest.

This guided walk is suitable for families with children and groups of not more than 5. Along a slightly undulating natural path, 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.

Registration is required at least a week before the walk. Call 6554 5127 (Mon-Fri).

Time: 9.25am-10.30am. Meet at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, at the ranger counter.
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

15 Jul (Fri): Talk on "Singapore's Wild Marine Mammals"

Join Cyrena Lim to learn how you can help the National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers discover more about Singapore's wild marine mammals. Pilot studies by the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI) in NUS have confirmed that several species of coastal dolphins can be found in Singapore waters, even the rare Finless Porpoise and Dugong. TMSI has launched the Singapore Wild Marine Mammal Survey (SWiMMS), a research project where it wants to establish a volunteer network and sighting reporting system, as well as carry out field studies. Reliable observations from South-east Asia are also welcome, and will help TMSI study whether Singapore contributes to seasonal trans-national migration routes.

This talk is free and is open to the public.

Time: 8pm
Venue: The Sunflower (NSS office). 510 Geylang Road #02-05,Singapore 389466
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/

Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

12 and 13 Jul (Tue and Wed): FREE screening of “The Cove”

ACRES announces this screening, sponsored by Earth Island Institute. Tickets are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please RSVP by sending an email to denise@acres.org.sg. Limited seats available!

"The Cove" is a fascinating, internationally-acclaimed documentary exposing the shocking truths about the killings of dolphins and, most importantly, how you can play a part to help them. This Academy Award-winning film follows an elite team of film makers and free divers who go on a covert mission to document the hunt and capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. With an estimated 23,000 dolphins and porpoises killed each year, learn the powerful truth behind the source of most of the dolphins in the world’s aquariums and marine parks. Be inspired to make a difference.

In the 1960’s, Richard O’Barry was the world’s leading authority on dolphin training, working on the set of the popular television programme Flipper. Day in and day out, O’Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling. But one day, that all came to a tragic end. "The Cove", directed by Louie Psihoyos, tells the amazing story of how Psihoyos, O’Barry and an elite team of activists, filmmakers and freedivers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan, shining light on a dark and deadly secret. The mysteries they covered were only the tip of the iceberg.

More about "The Cove"
More about ACRES

Time: 7pm
Venue: Plaza Singapura, GV Plaza Hall 5
Contact: denise@acres.org.sg

4-10 Jul: Highlights of the week ahead

For kids and the family

Walks in wild places

Talks this week
  • 9 Jul (Sat): "The Native Plants of Singapore: Growing Your Natural Heritage" by Prof Hugh Tan
  • 9 Jul (Sat): "Sponges in Singapore waters" by Lim Swee Cheng
  • 9 Jul (Sat): Talks at the Botanic Gardens
    11am-12noon
    "Birds of Singapore" by Mendis Tan
    "Taking Stock of Singapore’s Marine Biodiversity" by Linda Goh & Jonathan Ngiam
    2-3pm
    "Bird Photography in Singapore" by David Tan
    "Conservation and Reintroduction of Singapore's Native Orchids" by Yam Tim Wing
  • 10 Jul (Sun): Talks at the Botanic Gardens
    11am-12noon
    "Dragonflies of Singapore's Parks and Gardens" by Robin Ngiam
    "Singapore Hornbill Project – Return of the King" by Marc Cremades and Nathalie Lai Hui Min
    2-3pm
    "Secret Shores of Singapore" by Ria Tan
    "Our Heritage Roads and Trees" by Joey Gan

For Nature Society (Singapore) members only

10 Jul (Sun): Birdwatching at Bukit Batok

For Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Situated in a densely populated corner of Singapore, Bukit Batok Nature Park is indeed a green gem. This patch of woods that is no bigger than the Botanical Gardens support a surprising variety of bird species, including locally threatened birds like the Violet Cuckoo and the Changeable Hawk Eagle. It is also one of the best places in Singapore, and perhaps South-east Asia, to see the highly threatened Straw-headed Bulbul. Join Ding Li as he explores this little patch of urban greenery for its interesting bird species.

Time: 7.30am-12noon, Meet at the Main Entrance of Bukit Batok Nature Park.
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

10 Jul (Sun): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Dragonflies of Singapore's Parks and Gardens
by Robin Ngiam
11am-12noon
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Singapore Hornbill Project – Return of the King
by Marc Cremades and Nathalie Lai Hui Min
11am-12noon
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Secret Shores of Singapore
by Ria Tan
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Our Heritage Roads and Trees
by Joey Gan
2 - 3pm
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

10 Jul (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

10 Jul (Sun): Nature walk at Bukit Brown Cemetery

Join members of Nature Society (Singapore) and enjoy a tranquil nature and heritage walk through one of our oldest Chinese cemeteries. Pause awhile and marvel at the elaborately sculptured gravestones of some of our famous forefathers - Chong Pang, Boon Lay, Joo Chiat, Kheam Hock and Ong Sam Leong. Amidst the lush vegetation of majestic Rain Trees, strangling figs, scrambling ferns and mistletoes,- we may see Kingfishers, Drongos, Flameback woodpeckers, Sunbirds and Flowerpeckers as well as many butterflies and dragonflies. Bukit Brown Cemetery has been gazetted for housing development by the URA.

This walk is open to the public.

Time: 9am, meet at BBC gate at Lorong Halwa (at end of Kheam Hock Road)
Venue: Bukit Brown Cemetery off Lornie Road.

Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

9 Jul (Sat): HeART for Nature - FREE workshop for kids

This FREE art workshop helps children to delve deep into their hearts to express nature in various themed art activities like drawing, fingerprinting, origami, puppet making. The children will also learn about our natural heritage.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa ChangSuitable for children aged 5 to 10 (with parental supervision).

Limited spaces available. Please call 3 days in advance at 65545127 (Mondays to Fridays) to register for the activity.

Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Venue: Dairy Farm Nature Park- Wallace Education Centre
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

9 Jul (Sat): Plant Walk at Mount Faber

For Nature Society (Singapore) members only

In celebration of the International Year of Forests, join Yap Von Bing and the Plant Group at Mount Faber. Expect to see mature and juvenile specimens of native trees, cultivated trees (including fruit trees) and attractive ferns. There will be numerous bird calls and likely sighting of thermal-riding raptors. Get acquainted with this regenerating forest and be inspired to think about promoting habitat restoration in other locations. The walk will take about 2 hours. For members only.

Time: 9-11am, meet at the bus stop on Telok Blangah Way opposite Radin Mas Community Centre.
Website: http://www.nss.org.sg/
Contact: email contact@nss.org.sg or call 6741 2036.

9 Jul (Sat): Trees of the Fort

Embark on this adventure and discover the secret lives of our heritage trees and more!
Our nature-loving guides from The Green Volunteers will walk you through this public park that has undergone a series of historical transformation through the centuries. Although much of the original vegetation has disappeared due to these changes, active greening efforts have converted this once formidable fort into an idyllic respite from the hustle and bustle of city life amidst lush and magnificent trees. Meet the Towering Kapok, Flaky Gelam, Gnarled Madras Thorn and many more.

Learn how plants and animals have co-existed and to a certain extent become co-dependant on one another for survival. Immerse yourself in the sounds of nature orchestrated by chirping birds and shrilling cicadas as you walk along the trail.

In a vastly developed urban jungle, Fort Canning offers that unique pocket of biodiversity to appreciate the greenery within our vibrant city.

This is a free public outreach programme in the park.

Time: 4-6 pm
Venue: Meet at courtyard, opposite NParks Visitor Centre, Fort Canning Centre
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: 6332 1200 or lee_weiling@nparks.gov.sg or or visit thegreenvolunteers.blogspot.com

9 Jul (Sat): "Getting to Know MacRitchie" - a guided tour

Embark on this “Earth & Water” walk at MacRitchie Reservoir Park. Suitable for young children, this walk helps them to understand why forests are so amazing and their relationship with our most essential necessity – water.

This walk is held every second Saturday.

For registration, please email NParks_MAILBOX@nparks.gov.sg and put in the subject title - ATTN: MacRitchie Reservoir Park - Guided Walk. Upon registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Time: 9-11am, meet 8.55am at the Amenities Centre.
Venue: Meet at amenities centre of MacRitchie
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

9 Jul (Sat): Wallace Education Centre Gallery walk

Join our volunteers for a Nature Gallery walk in Wallace Education Centre to learn about what have been done to protect our forest since the mid-18th Century. Through engaging show and tell stations, you will get to know more about our natural history and how you can play a part in biodiversity conservation. Suitable for adults and family groups with children 12 years and above.
Photo courtesy of Johnny WeeThis guided walk is held every second Saturday of the month.

More details about the Wallace Education Centre on the NParks website.

Please call 3 days in advance at 65545127 to register for the walk.

Time: 9.30-10.30am
Venue: Dairy Farm Nature Park, Wallace Education Centre
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

9 Jul (Sat): 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. 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.

Not more than five persons in a group, pre-register at nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com

More details on the event and how to get to Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin on the Adventures with the Naked Hermit Crabs blog.

Time: 9.30am meet at the Chek Jawa Info Kiosk, Pulau Ubin.
Duration: Two hours
Cost: no charge for now, but donations accepted.
Website: http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.com/
Contact: nakedhermitcrabs@gmail.com

9 Jul (Sat): Talk on "The Native Plants of Singapore: Growing Your Natural Heritage" by Prof Hugh Tan

The native plants of any country are indigenous species that naturally occur there and have evolved in that country over thousands or millions of years. Although Singapore has about 2,145 native species of vascular plants consisting of the fern allies, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants, the landscaping in the urban area, such as streets, parks, gardens, and even rooftop gardens, is done mostly using non-native or exotic species, usually from Central or South America, Africa or other parts of Asia. This is a great shame since many Singaporean species are equally, if not more, attractive and suitable for planting in urban conditions. In this talk, the case will be made for “going native” and how to grow native plants. The native plants of Singapore are part of our natural heritage, so we should do our best to propagate, protect and preserve them for posterity.

Hugh T.W. Tan is a Singaporean Associate Professor of Botany at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University, and Deputy Director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research. His current areas of research include conservation biology, the horticultural use of native plants of Singapore, and urban agriculture.

Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Level 16, the POD, National Library Building
Website and contact: on facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213364382034945

9 Jul (Sat): Talk on "Sponges in Singapore waters"

The National Geographic Store is collaborating with NParks to offer educational talks on local conservation, biodiversity and wildlife. There will also be an exhibition on the biodiversity in Singapore.

What are sponges? The speaker will tell you how sponges rank among the oddest and most fascinating animals in the world. Yes, sponges are animals! The sponges in your kitchen and bathroom are actually their skeletons! What are the other kinds of sponges that can be found in Singapore waters, where are they and just how many are there? The speaker will share with you his discoveries from two years of searching and identification of sponges in Singapore waters.

Mr Lim Swee Cheng (Research Assistant, Tropical Marine Science Institute, NUS) gives this talk.

Time: 2.30-3pm
Venue: National Geographic Store #01-19 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore
Website and contact: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

9 Jul (Sat): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Birds of Singapore
by Mendis Tan
11am-12noon
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Taking Stock of Singapore’s Marine Biodiversity
by Linda Goh & Jonathan Ngiam
11am-12noon
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Bird Photography in Singapore
by David Tan
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Conservation and Reintroduction of Singapore's Native Orchids
by Yam Tim Wing
2 - 3pm
Function Room
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG

9 Jul (Sat): Mangrove Guided Tour at Pasir Ris Park

Creatures Up Close and Personal 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.

Suitable for children K1 - P6

To register, please email Yvonne yvonne_chee@nparks.gov.sg

Registration closes 3 days before the event. The walk will only take place with a minimum of 15 persons.

Cost: $4 per person
Time: 9-10am
Venue: Pasir Ris Park, Car Park C
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

9 Jul (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 (Enligsh) and 4pm (Mandarin); 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

9 Jul (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 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

27 Jun - 3 Jul: Highlights of the week ahead

For kids and the family

Walks in wild places

Talks this week

For Nature Society (Singapore) members only

Highlights of upcoming events

3 Jul (Sun): Talks at the Botanic Gardens

These exciting talks are part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition which runs until 24 Jul at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Trees of the Istana
by Wong Tuan Wah & Koh Soon Kiong
11am - 12pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Wetlands in a City
by Chua Ee Kiam
2 - 3pm
Library of Botany & Horticulture
(Level 1, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Singapore’s Leaf Monkeys
by Mirza Rifqi
2 - 3pm
Ridley Hall
(Level 2, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

Website: http://www.sbg.org.sg/
Contact: Visitor Services, 64717361 or NPARKS_SBG_Visitor_Services@NPARKS.GOV.SG