Saturday, February 28, 2015

Mar 14, Saturday: We are resuming our Free Chek Jawa Guided Walks

After being closed for almost half a year for upgrading works, the Mangrove Boardwalk is open once again! We have been eagerly awaiting to start our walks at Chek Jawa once again and to be able to share the experience with more families and individuals!


We have been doing FREE nature trips to Chek Jawa Boardwalk for close to 8 years now. Each month, we bring small groups of visitors out on to introduce them to the plant and animals found in the mangroves and intertidal areas of Chek Jawa. All from the safety and convenience of the boardwalk. There is always plenty to see on these trips, such as wild boars, insects, lots and lots of crabs, spiders, snakes, fishes, perhaps a jellyfish or two in the sea, and not forgetting the birds in the forests and flying high above us. Who says there is no nature in Singapore! Come explore Chek Jawa with the Crabs!

To sign up for the walk, click here!

Sign up at the Online Registration Form, and we will confirm your attendance via email in a few days! 

Date: 14 March (Sat)
Meeting time: 9:30 am
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Information Kiosk, Pulau Ubin
Duration of walk: Around 2 hours
Cost: Free

Read on for more photos and details about the walk.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mudskippers, birds and other animals at Pasir Ris Mangroves

The Crabs had a great outing at Pasir Ris Mangroves on Sunday! 25 visitors came to explore the mangroves with us. We also had 10 students from Dunman High join us as volunteer guides, sharing their knowledge and love for nature with the visitors. The Dunman High students are doing their nature guiding as part of a leadership programme named Excel in their school. The programme hopes to expose the students to real issues faced in everyday life.

Lots of interesting sightings right from the beginning!

A solitary grey heron was hanging around the toilet area. We were all able to creep closer to take a look at it. The kids whipped out their camera phones to capture photos of it. The heron didn't fly away, perhaps a little disoriented. There was no visible sign of injury. It looks smallish, so perhaps it is a juvenile that isn't good with flying yet.


It made its way across the carpark (with help from us to stop the cars), and walked into the wooded area. Stay safe, little fellow!

We had sightings of at least 2 other species of birds.






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....

14 Mar (Sat) - school holidays
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

[Update 8 Feb 2015] - Upgrading works at the Mangrove Boardwalk and Jejawi Tower have completed, and we are able to bring our visitors to that segment of the Boardwalk. The Coastal Boardwalk segment remains closed till 31 March 2015. See full notice of the upgrading works at the NParks website.

Photo of mangrove boardwalk taken on 7 Feb 2015 (Photo credit: Sumita)

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! 

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