Friday, September 27, 2013

Free public walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk - 5th Oct 2013 (Sat)

We are looking forward to another great outing to Chek Jawa Boardwalk on 5th October, 2013, Singapore!

Sign up with us, and our volunteer guides will take you around Chek Jawa on the boardwalk. We will walk about 1.1 km on the boardwalk, climb up a 20m high viewing tower (Jejawi Tower) for a panoramic view of the surroundings, and then end off with a drawing/sketching session at the English Cottage.

The biodiversity at Chek Jawa is rich. The boardwalk runs through the mangrove as well as the coastal regions. You should be able to see interesting plants and animals. There are many species of mudskippers, fiddler crabs, tree-climbing crabs, monitor lizards and even snakes. Chek Jawa is also rich in bird life. There are frequent sightings of hornbills, white-bellied sea eagles, herons, woodpeckers, sharmas, kingfishers and at this time of the year, migratory shorebirds at low tide.

orange fiddler crabs on the mudflats
We have volunteer guides who give their time for free to show the visitors around. We do this as an educational outreach to Singaporeans and residents, to show them the rich natural heritage that is in our own 'backyard'.

families exploring Chek Jawa from the mangrove boardwalk
Date: 5 October, 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30 for 2 hours
Meeting place: Chek Jawa Boardwalk on Pulau Ubin
Cost: free

Click here to sign up online. We will give you a confirmation by email. If you have questions, write to us at

For more information on Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin, how to get there and other Really Useful Information, please read this blog post:

Hope to see you soon!

Enjoy the rest of the photos taken at our walks in 2013.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

6th year anniversary walk

We held our anniversary walk at Chek Jawa Boardwalk two weeks ago. It's our 6th anniversary! Time does fly.

We love Chek Jawa with all its natural splendor - forests, inter-tidal ecosystems, animals, birds, insects, fishes - so we are not going to let this outing pass without at least a post on our blog!

Here's the Big Group photo that we always take at the start of the walk. We didn't have that many visitors, somewhere around 30 visitors. But we had lots of guides that day. There's Pei Yan, Sankar, Ria, Yin Xin, Daniel, Kok Sheng and me (leykun). Kok Sheng had 5 of his students from Dunman High join us too. We all had a great time!

(what's Pei Yan looking at through her binoculars?)
Catherine who first met us at the Festival of Biodiversity in July came with her family too. Hi!

A quick introduction and briefing from the guides before we set off. We always ask our visitors to keep a lookout for animals and plants, and point them to us. It's an interactive exchange between guides and visitors. Sometimes, our visitors have lots of interesting stories to tell us too. We are constantly learning about nature from one another.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Family fun exploring Pasir Ris mangroves

There's so much to see and discover at Pasir Ris mangroves, just minutes from the MRT station. Bugs literally show up on our hand, as Ian shows.
Although we had only a small group of families (it's exam period?), they were most enthusiastic and great spotters. So we saw the owl, snakes, flying lizard and lots of other interesting animals.

Monday, September 9, 2013

14 Sep (Sat): Free evening tour for families at Pasir Ris mangroves

Specially for families and kids! Come for a cool evening walk to spot crabs, giant mudskippers, birds and more!
These mangroves are just a short walk from Pasir Ris MRT station. The tour is FREE, but please register online.