Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 - Free guided walks at Chek Jawa Boardwalk with the Naked Hermit Crabs

We have finally confirmed our 2015 dates for the public walks at Chek Jawa Boardwalk! Thank you for your patience....

11 Apr (Sat)
9 May (Sat)
13 Jun (Sat) - school holidays
11 Jul (Sat)
1 Aug (Sat) - our celebratory SG50 National Day walk!
12 Sep (Sat) - school holidays
10 Oct (Sat)
14 Nov (Sat)
12 Dec (Sat) - school holidays

The Chek Jawa Boardwalk has been closed for upgrading works (see NParks notice), and will fully re-open after 31 March 2015. Do sign up for our walks. We open registration one month at a time, as soon as we complete the previous one.

This is the normal schedule at each walk:

Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: 2 hours
Fees: None



Monday, January 12, 2015

1 Feb (Sun): Free Guided Walk at Pasir Ris Mangroves

Specially for kids and families, explore Pasir Ris mangroves with volunteer nature guides from the Naked Hermit Crabs on this FREE guided tour of the boardwalk! 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. Bring your children down to enjoy nature during the weekend! There are many creatures look out for in the mangroves, such as mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, herons and monitor lizards. Sometimes, you may even spot kingfishers and water snakes! It will certainly be an unforgettable experience with your friends and family!

An eager participant jotting down notes!
Not only kids learn on our walks! Adults learn a lot too.




Sunday, January 4, 2015

10 Jan (Sat) evening: Free guided walk at the Pasir Ris mangroves

Specially for kids and families, explore Pasir Ris mangroves with volunteer nature guides from the Naked Hermit Crabs on this FREE guided tour of the boardwalk! 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. Bring your children down to enjoy nature during the weekend! There are many creatures look out for in the mangroves, such as mudskippers, tree-climbing crabs, herons and monitor lizards. Sometimes, you may even spot kingfishers and water snakes! It will certainly be an unforgettable experience with your friends and family!

An eager participant jotting down notes!
Not only kids learn on our walks! Adults learn a lot too.




Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sharing Pasir Ris Mangroves with families in our December walk

Looking for an activity to break the monotony of work or school life? Simply join us for our walks as over 70 participants did on our last walk of the year at Pasir Ris Mangroves! The beauty of nature is that it is dynamic and even after visiting the same place many times, you will always have a different experience. 

Fun starts at registration!

Look out for our placard before the walk so you know you've found us!
Sharing with kids on some types of insects using fake insects.

Kids are wonderful at spotting creatures!

Our drawing session for kids and adults alike! 


Even though it was the weekend after the Christmas,
the spirit of giving was still alive as a participant gave us cookies!

A special mention to the cheerful student councillors
from Dunman High School. Thanks to their teacher, Kok Sheng!
Look out for updates on our next walk coming up soon!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fun at Pulau Ubin for kids and the family on Ubin Day 30 Nov (Sun)

Join the Naked Hermit Crabs on Ubin to celebrate! Lots of fun family activities from morning to night!
Walks, cycles, kayaking, stargazing, butterfly watching. Also art workshops, exhibitions, games. From the outdoors and nature to heritage, kampung life to makan. Come experience Ubin's unique charms, laid-back kampung life and home-cooked makan! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Things that fly and slither at Pasir Ris Mangroves!

The Crabs went out to Pasir Ris Mangroves with a large group of families on a Saturday evening in October. There were nearly 40 visitors. What a splendid walk we had! Pasir Ris Mangroves is really easy to get to as it is just a short walk from Pasir Ris MRT station, and for people who drive there, the carpark has lots of parking for everyone. And while you're there in Pasir Ris Mangroves, do look out for these amazing wildlife!

The beautiful Atlas Moth! We almost missed this moth as it was hanging above us. The Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas) is one of the largest moths in the world. It is so named because the markings on its wings do resemble maps! Interestingly enough, the common name for this species of moth in Hong Kong (Cantonese) is translated to "snake head moth", probably because the wing tips do look like a snake's head!
Photo by Sean Yap
Everyone got excited when they spotted the Dog-faced water snake (Cerberus schneiderii) in the water. We usually see this species of snake in the evening when it comes out to hunt for fish and invertebrates. It can be easy to miss this animal because its colour and markings provide excellent camouflage! It wasn't easy to spot the snake initially, but after a while, everyone finally saw it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October and December - Pasir Ris Mangroves nature walks

** UPDATE 25 NOV 2014 - We have closed registration for the Pasir Ris Mangrove walk in December. We are FULL! For those who missed this chance, look out for our announcement of nature walks in 2015. The post will be published soon. In the meantime, enjoy nature and the great outdoors! **

Hello friends!

We are changing our monthly guided walks for the months of October and December to Pasir Ris Mangroves instead. The Chek Jawa Boardwalk (mangrove segment) is closed for upgrading works until the end of January 2015, hence this change in our schedule and venue.

For the sake of clarity, I shall repeat myself (pardon me!): The Chek Jawa Boardwalk guided walks for October, November and December are cancelled, and replaced by Pasir Ris Mangroves guided walks in October and December.

Our guided walks are specially designed for kids and families. Adults are welcome too, of course! Come and explore with us. Our volunteer guides (the Naked Hermit Crabs) will be there to show you the biodiversity richness of the Pasir Ris mangroves. Sign up on our online registration form, and you will hear from us within a few days.

Dates: 25th October 2014 and 27th December 2014 (Saturdays)
Time: 5 pm
Duration: roughly 1 to 1.5 hour
Meeting point: Pasir Ris Park, Car Park C

And have I mentioned the guided walks are free? Yes, they are!

Meet outside the first toilets nearest to the entrance of the carpark. The meeting point is a short stroll from the Pasir Ris MRT station. Pasir Ris is a very long park with many carparks (from A to D). Do look at the map to be sure you are heading for the correct carpark.



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