Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Nature Walk

Description

Despite being highly urbanised, Singapore still possesses many nature spots that one can visit to escape the hustle and bustle of city-living. Apart from the nature reserves and major parks, almost every town in Singapore has its own pocket of nature, in the form of neighbourhood parks. With many park connectors already in place, several of these small bits of nature have been linked for the convenience of having a walk through several nature spots.

Nature walks can be done as an information-filled guided walk or as a leisurely free and easy stroll.
 

Guided Nature Walks

Nature walks led by a trained guide will be advantageous for those seeking information about the place and habitat they are visiting and the organisms that they see along the way. Nature guides might also be able to point out the more discrete organisms that the untrained eye might miss. Guides are often armed with interesting facts and stories about the various organisms, allowing visitors to better understand and appreciate the natural environment around them. Nature walks help to increase awareness of biodiversity and other green issues in Singapore.

Organisations that conduct guided nature walks include

National Parks Board (NParks) - organises weekly guided walks at various nature areas, including Lower Peirce Trail, MacRitchie, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Pulau Ubin’s Sensory Trail and Chek Jawa Wetlands. 

The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR)

The Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS)

Cicada Tree Eco-Place

Naked Hermit Crabs (NHC)
 

Free and Easy

For those who prefer to explore nature trails on their own, there is a series of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) trail guides made available by NParks. Visitors can also refer to our Places section to find out more information about various locations in Singapore. Within the various nature reserves and parks, visitors can often find informative signs displayed at certain points of the routes, with information on the place and its flora and fauna. In addition, signposts are located strategically to guide park visitors.There are many different routes around Singapore that are of varying terrains, running through various habitats. Some of these routes are also suitable for wheelchairs and prams. With the wide options available, it will not be difficult to pick one that suits a particular age group and group size.

Other Resources

Blue Water Volunteers (Singapore). 2007. Blue Water Volunteers. http://www.bluewatervolunteers.org/. (Accessed November 2012).

Cicada Tree Eco-place. 2012. Cicada Tree Eco-place. http://www.cicadatree.org.sg/index.html. (Accessed November 2012).

Naked Hermit Crabs. 2012. Adventures with the Naked Hermit Crabs. http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.sg/. (Accessed November 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. DIY Trail-Guides. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=191&Itemid=172. (Accessed November 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Nature Tours & Walks. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=99&Itemid=101. (Accessed November 2012).

National Parks Board, Singapore. 2012. Trekking & Nature Walks. http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/index.php?option=com_visitorsguide&task=activities&id=28&Itemid=75. (Accessed November 2012).

National University of Singapore. 2001-2012. Education Workshops and Programmes. http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/workshop/index.html. (Accessed November 2012).

Nature Society (Singapore). 2012. Nature Society (Singapore): Watching the Wild, Watching Over the Wild. http://www.nss.org.sg/. (Accessed November 2012).

References

Wang, L. K., R. K. H. Yeo, N. Sivasothi & P. K. L. Ng, 2011. Non-formal Biodiversity Education. Pp. 182-189. In: Ng, P. K. L., R. T. Corlett & H. T. W. Tan (editors), Singapore Biodiversity. An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment and Sustainable Development, Editions Didier Millet, Singapore, 552 pp.

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