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.


Q: Suitable attire?
 A: Comfortable outdoors clothes and normal walking shoes. There may be mosquitoes in the mangroves, so you might want to wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt or bring repellent.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Rain gear and camera. If you want to continue exploring the mangroves on your own after our walk, you might want to bring a small torch.

Q: Age restriction?
A: None. As long as the participants are able to walk well and be responsible for their own well-being during the walk.

Q: Is the boardwalk accessible to prams?
A: Yes, it is a smooth ride throughout, on boardwalks or hard paths.

Q: What if I am late?
A: Just catch up with us on the boardwalk! We will start from the entrance closest to Carpark C (with red star on the image below) and take the first right turn towards the Mangrove Jetty on Sungei Tampines. We will end the walk either at the jetty or near the pond, depending on group size.

And here are a few pictures of animals that we might get to see at the mangroves.

Atlas moth caterpillar

Grey heron

Monitor lizard

Giant mudskipper


Tree-climbing crabs

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