Monday, June 11, 2018

Balik Chek Jawa 2018

Close to 900 participants, 34 volunteers and a whole lot of fun.

Our third run of Balik Chek Jawa has been the best one so far!

Balik Chek Jawa for Pesta Ubin 2018
Check out this video made by Ria Tan on our day out in the sun.

One of our key highlights of the day is seeing what our young visitors have to say about Chek Jawa. Although young in terms of age, kids often remind us why we need to work hard to live in harmony with the environment. Many drew the importance of reducing marine trash and our impacts on the ecosystems around us.

For many others, nature was a space where they could spend quality time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The event would not have been possible without our passionate volunteer station guides who spent their Sunday with us! We would also like to thank Ria Tan for all the wonderful photos.

Since the start of Naked Hermit Crabs, we have focused on protecting our shores whose fate is uncertain. This sentiment was beautifully captured by one of our younger participants who hoped to be back to Chek Jawa who hopes that he can visit the shore again. We hope that Chek Jawa will stay for generations to come so we can continue to do Balik Chek Jawa!

Join us next year at Balik Chek Jawa 2019!

Monday, June 4, 2018

10 Jun 2018 (Sun): Balik Chek Jawa with the Chek Jawa Community

Chek Jawa Open House! FREE, no registration required, just come to Chek Jawa!

Volunteers who love Chek Jawa ready to share with you!

Volunteer guides will be stationed all over the boardwalk to share about Chek Jawa's amazing wildlife. Plus kids activities with prizes!

Close encounters with wild life, if we show respect. 

Spot monkeys to wild boar, birds to butterflies, crabs to mudskippers, and fascinating plants of the mangroves and shores, some of which are rare elsewhere. If we are lucky we may encounter otters or even a dugong.
A spectacular view from Jejawi Tower

Learn about seagrass meadows from TeamSeaGrass
Fun activities for kids and the family!

Drawing activities at House No. 1 (The English Cottage), Chek Jawa

Win prizes! Choose from 17 children's books written specially for Singapore's kids about Singapore's wildlife by students of the Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme.

Win prizes!

This activity is offered by the Chek Jawa community, led by the Naked Hermit Crabs with friends of Chek Jawa like NParks Chek Jawa volunteers, Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M) Initiative, TeamSeaGrass and Lepak in SG. (There will be NO activities on the seashores).

Date: 10 Jun (Sun)
Time: 10am - 3pm
Meeting point: Chek Jawa Info Kiosk, 3.3km away from Ubin Jetty (map). About 1.5-2 hour walk, 15-min van ride. More on how to get to Chek Jawa.

No charge, the activity is free!
No registration required, simply come to Chek Jawa.

Check the same blog post at the Pesta Ubin 2018 website.

Some Frequently Asked Questions on Chek Jawa

Can we go to Chek Jawa at other times?

Yes, you can visit Chek Jawa every day from 8.30am to 6pm. Admission is free. Just come explore the boardwalk and Visitor Centre on your own, free and easy, no guides necessary. More details on the NParks website and wildsingapore website.

Are there guided tours to Chek Jawa at other times?

NParks conducts guided tours on the sea shore (called intertidal walks) all year round when the tides are suitably low. There are charges and registration is required. More on the NParks website.

The Naked Hermit Crabs conducts free guided walks at Chek Jawa every month for families and kids. These are on the boardwalk and do not go down to the sea shore. The walk is free, but registration is required. More on the Naked Hermit Crabs blog.

So how is Balik Chek Jawa different?

Once a year, and only once a year, during Pesta Ubin, volunteers from several groups come together to offer a Chek Jawa Open House. Volunteers will be stationed all over the boardwalk. There will be activities for kids. Free, no registration required, simply come to Chek Jawa!

See you at Balik Chek Jawa!

Monday, April 30, 2018

9 June (Sat): Want to learn how to be a nature guide? Come join the Chek Jawa Familiarisation Tour with the Naked Hermit Crabs!

Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to be a nature guide? Looking for an interesting activity for your family to take part in during the holidays? The Chek Jawa Familiarisation Tour is here for you! No prior experience is needed. Sign up now at our online form! After you have completed the Familiarisation Tour on 9 June, you will be able to participate as a volunteer at the Balik Chek Jawa Day on 10 June. Come join us and make a difference for nature!
Join us to help make a difference for nature!

What is this Familiarisation Tour about?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Flowering durian trees at Chek Jawa

Every Naked Hermit Crab is always different and you never know what you're going to see! During our walk yesterday, we enjoyed the sight and smell of durian flowers all around us on the ground and up in the trees. As most of us enjoy the taste of durians, we were grateful for the presence of bats and their role in helping pollinate durian flowers. You can read more about that here.

Durian flowers (Photo by Ley Kun Wong)

Photo by Liz Lim

Sunday, March 25, 2018

An awe-sss-ome day out at Pasir Ris Mangrove!

We are delighted to have about 45 visitors join us for our walk at Pasir Ris Mangrove!

Monday, March 5, 2018

24 March (Sat) - Free guided walk at Pasir Ris Mangroves

This March, the Naked Hermit Crabs are specially organising a very special nature walk at Pasir Ris Mangroves for young families on 24 March, Saturday. This is a FREE nature walk on the mangrove boardwalk at Pasir Ris Park.

Sign up now on our online registration form! Don't miss the opportunity to see some wildlife in action! Pasir Ris Mangroves is conveniently located 10 minutes away from Pasir Ris MRT station. We only do Pasir Ris Mangroves a couple of times in a year, so don't miss this opportunity!

There are many creatures look out for in the mangroves, such as mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, snails, herons and monitor lizards. The best part of the nature walk is at the end when we get to the small jetty over the river. There is a lot of animal activity in the evenings. We have seen young monitor lizards crawling into their nests as they settle in before nightfall. Sometimes, you may even spot kingfishers, jellyfishes and water snakes! It really is quite exciting for the children to be able to see these animals in the wild.

18 March (Sun) - Free guided walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk

Join us our regular Chek Jawa Boardwalk outing on 18 March, Sunday. Come explore this very special and beautiful corner of Singapore mangroves with us. Just gather your family and friends, and have someone do the signup on behalf of the group. Best of all, this nature walk is free! Click on our Online Registration Form.

Chek Jawa is rich in biodiversity, and with the help of an experienced volunteer guide, you should be able to see lots of interesting plants and wildlife. 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.

Date: 18 March 2018 (Sunday)
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Duration of walk: 2 hours
Fees: No charge for now, but small donations are accepted

For more information on what to expect at our Chek Jawa Boardwalk outings, and when preparing for your visit, please make sure you read our post specially written for you.

More photos in the next section.