20 April 2014

22 Apr: Earth Day in Singapore

Lots of biodiversity activities to celebrate Earth Day in Singapore this weekend!
the earth day network

What is Earth Day?
There's often much confusion about Earth Day.

From wikipedia: Started nearly 40 years ago in the US, the Earth Day celebrated on 22 Apr is not a UN-sanctioned 'Day' or 'Year'. The 'official' Earth Day site is http://www.earthday.org/. In addition, there is a UN-sanctioned Equinox Earth Day which is celebrated around March at the annual equinox. This is managed by the Earth Society Foundation.

Nevertheless, a wide range of activities are conducted under the banner of 'Earth Day' in many countries on 22 April.

Here's some Earth Day activities to be held in Singapore:

26 Apr (Sat): Earth Day events at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Mangrove Forest – Earth’s gift for Man

Get up close and personal with nature by taking part in guided mangrove tours, talks, planting, and origami/art-and-craft sessions. Many activities are available for your participation.
Guided Mangrove Tour
9.30am, 11.00am and 1.00pm: Get to know the plants and animals of Sungei Buloh through a newly designed guided walk.

From 9.00am: Do your part to protect our fragile mangrove forest by planting propagated mangrove saplings.

Nature Origami
9.30am – 12.30pm: Learn to transform paper into animals and plants of the mangroves. Pen your thoughts on your masterpiece and share it with others when displayed on the Origami Tree in the visitor centre.

Glass Bottle painting
9.00am -1.00pm: Paint designs on used glass bottles. Materials are provided.

Mangroves and Man: A talk by NParks
10.00am and 12.00pm: For thousands of years, man has used mangroves for many purposes; especially building houses, energy production and creating fishing apparatus. Find out more about modern products and ecological uses of mangroves through this talk.

No registration required.

Time: 9am-1pm
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

26 Apr (Sat): Free Chek Jawa boardwalk tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs
Celebrate Earth Day as the 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 boar, 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 with this online form.

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

26 Apr (Sat): Earth Day Special: Storytime with Sara about the 3Rs - tour for kids
Join us for a fun-filled storytelling session, specially designed for little ones. Together with Sara and her friend, Rana the Frog, children will learn about the importance of trees, how to save the earth and what we can do to protect the environment.
For enquiry and registration, please contact the SBG Education Branch at 6471 9961; 6465 0196 or email: nparks_sbg_edu@nparks.gov.sg.

Suitable for children in K1-P2 levels

Time: 10-11am
Cost: $6 per child and $6 per accompanying adult
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Bukit Timah Core of the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Website: http://www.nparks.gov.sg/

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