05 September 2011

Free events at Parks Festival celebrates our biodiversity!

Lots of nature activities in celebration of the inaugural Parks Festival from 17 to 25 Sep 2011!

Here's highlights of some activities which feature our biodiversity! Most are free, and many are suitable for kids and families!

Specially for kids!

17 Sep (Sat): 'Giants of the Forest' Kids will learn about emergents (tall trees) in the forests of Singapore, and their importance as forest habitats for various animals such as eagles and hawks.

17 Sep (Sat): Kid's activities at Gardeners' Day Out at HortPark including tours, talks on butterflies and caterpillars, Common Garden Animals, and a walk In Search of Bugs and Slugs by Andrew Tay, Cicada Tree Eco Place.

25 Sep (Sun): Flights of Fantasy! Birdwatching for kids with Cicada Tree Eco Place. Kids! Join us for a chirpy experience at Telok Blangah Hill Park. Bring along your binoculars and you may spot some of the 43 species of birds that may be found here. $10 per child.

24 Sep (Sat): Greet our Forest Giants! with Cicada Tree Eco Place. Kids! Meet the forest trees that form the Sembcorp Forest of Giants - an arboretum project to enhance biodiversity within urban areas. Suitable for children 5-10 years. $10 per child.

Special FREE guided walks
These usually paid walk are offered for free

Free Chek Jawa Wetlands Boardwalk Tour with NParks on 18 Sep (Sun) and 25 Sep (Sun). Chek Jawa is an intertidal area containing one of Singapore's richest ecosystems. A unique wetland treasure, it is only revealed and accessible during low tides. Seize this rare opportunity to learn from experienced guides about the thriving flora and fauna in this area.

Free Guided walk at the Sensory Trail, Pulau Ubin on 17 Sep (Sat) and 20 Sep (Tue) and 22 Sep (Thu). An excellent introduction to the rustic and natural character of the island. You will be able to touch, see, smell or even taste fruit trees, spices and herbs for cooking, plants used in traditional medicine and native plants of the mangrove forest.

MORE special activities

Free Public walk at Butterfly Trail @ Orchard with Nature Society (Singapore) on 17 Sep (Sat) and 21 Sep (Wed) and 24 Sep (Sat). 50 species of butterflies have already been sighted on the trail. Let’s explore the trail to witness the sight of these creatures living in an urban environment and to discover even more.

17 Sep (Sat): Race Against Time – Science behind a Botanic Garden Tour. Come and explore the hub of the Gardens' research facilities at the Singapore Botanic Gardens to learn about botanical research. Find out about the urgency of plant exploration, collection and scientific documentation as species and habitats continue to be lost in the region. Visit the Orchid Micro-propagation and hybridisation display and find out how new hybrids are produced. You can also enter the restricted domain of the Herbarium and Library to learn about the valuable historical treasures they hold for science and posterity.

18 Sep (Sun): Fruit Tree Trail @ Sengkang Riverside Park. Get to know our fabulous array of fruit trees in Sengkang Riverside Park, from the Fish Killer Tree to the Mango Tree with our FREE guided walk! Plus, learn about the Constructed Wetlands and understand how they do their part in cleansing the water for the nearby Punggol Reservoir.

18 Sep (Sun): Eco-Explorers! at Tampines Eco Green Join us to explore the urban wetlands of Tampines Eco Green and experience the wealth of biodiversity that resides within. Pick up bird-spotting and identification skills, observe dragonflies and aquatic organisms and get close to decomposers at our hedges! The forests, marshes and ponds at this park will provide you and your family an unique natural experience on a Sunday morning. There will be guides present to bring registered participants around the learning stations in the park.

18 Sep (Sun): Free Fun walk along the Southern Ridges Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Southern Ridges, a soothing sanctuary of greenery that is steeped in history and home to some of nature's greatest gifts of flora and fauna. This free walk is conducted by volunteer guides from Sembcorp.

Also a chance to volunteer for our biodiversity!

20 Sep (Tue): Mangrove Salvaging at Sungei Buloh Help in the relocation of mangrove saplings by gently removing them using spades and placing them into planting bags. These young plants would then be put in Sungei Buloh’s nursery before they are replanted to appropriate areas. The three-hour activity includes a safety briefing, demonstration and also washing-up. Expect to get muddy!

20-23 Sep: Conserve our Forest! Help conserve our forests by participating in weeding programmes, invasive species removal programme and parks clean-up programme. Schools, corporate companies and organised groups are welcome to participate.

MORE activities at Parks Festival 2011 on the NParks website.

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