29 May 2011

5 Jun is World Environment Day!

In Singapore, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve celebrates World Environment Day on 4 Jun (Sat) with lots of activities!
Free walks! Also, fascinating talks by Dr Chua Ee Kiam and N. Sivasothi. And lots more activities for everyone from ages 5 to 55. Including a chance to nurture your very own mangrove sapling!

Free walks and talks

Free guided tours on the Mangrove Boardwalk

View fascinating specimens from the nature by NUS Toddycats showcasing the biodiversity of Singapore’s natural heritage

“Making of Wetlands in the City” a talk on the making of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve coffeetable book by Dr. Chua Ee Kiam. Dr. Chua will share his experiences in making Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve coffeetable book. Listen to his behind-the-scenes take on how he was able to capture the essence and beauty of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. His other books include Nature in Singapore – Ours to Protect, Pulau Ubin, Ours to Treasure, Chek Jawa – Discovering Singapore’s Biodiversity and Borneo’s Tropical Eden – Sabah.
Time: 10-11am
Venue: Theatrette @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

“Amazing World of Mangrove ; Fascinating encounters, stories of smooth-coated otters, monitor lizards, estuarine crocodiles, tree-climbing crabs & crab-eating snakes from the Singapore mangrove” a talk by by N. Sivasothi. Going by his nickname Otterman, Siva will share secrets and explore with you the fascinating world of mangrove. A strong advocate for conservation and especially Singapore biodiversity, Siva has always have a soft spot for mangrove. Be captivated as he shares his amazing experiences as he explores the world of mangrove.
Time: 11am-12noon
Venue: Theatrette @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Other activities
(by donation to the Conservation Fund)
  • The Art of paper folding (of nature): Learn to make origami flying cranes, have a frog race, or even make a fish from paper folding
  • Glass painting: Don’t throw away glass bottles. Re-using old glass bottles and turn them into beautiful pieces of art.
  • Pebble painting: Transform boring pebbles into works of art. Learn to paint and discover how a simple pebble can be a art piece
  • SPROUT: Adopt a Baby Mangrove, A tree adoption programme. Young mangrove saplings can be adopted to be nurtured in your home. Water them, provide them with sunlight, and when they are older, re-plant them at Sungei Buloh. An excellent tool to teach the young on how delicate and fragile our baby mangrove trees are, but when the trees are older, they will repay the care by providing shelter, food and many more to a wide range of inhabitants. Replanting will be scheduled during the International Coastal Clean-up Singapore week.
Entry charges: While some activities are free, admission fees to the Reserve apply: $1 per adult, 50cents per child/student/senior citizen.
Website: http://www.sbwr.org.sg/
info@sbwr.org.sg or call 6794 1401

MORE nature activities for the coming week on wildsingapore happenings.

What is World Environment Day?
from the World Environment Day website

World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

'Forests: Nature at Your Service' is the theme for 2011.

India will be the host for World Environment Day, for the first time since the celebrations began in 1972. This year’s commemorations are expected to be the largest and most widely celebrated globally.

This year’s World Environment Day theme – Forests: Nature at Your Service – underscores the need for both conservation and sustainable use of forests. World Environment Day this year will help to raise awareness on the serious impacts of deforestation and forest degradation.

In line with the theme for 2011, there is a section on how saving forests requires a change in lifestyle.

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