This year, we will be organising our Biodiversity Week for Schools from 18 to 26 May 2019. A series of exciting activities will be lined up for students to learn more about our rich flora and fauna. We welcome schools to register with us to participate in these activities!
A briefing of all programmes will be provided for teachers on 10 April 2019, 3 pm to 4.30 pm at Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Register HERE for the briefing and individual programmes.
For more information about these activities, please contact CIN@nparks.gov.sg.
Green Wave is a worldwide biodiversity campaign that educates children and youths about the importance of protecting our natural environment. As Singapore continues to urbanise, we should all strive to keep our City in a Garden green and vibrant.
Each year, students from around the world plant locally important trees in their school compounds at 10 am on the International Day of Biological Diversity, 22 May. This creates a figurative “green wave” that begins in the Far East before eventually rippling across the globe.
As part of Green Wave, NParks will provide trees for planting, while each school is to make their own arrangements to have their trees delivered and the planting holes prepared. NParks has contracted a vendor who can perform these services; if a participating school wishes, it may tap on this contract and NParks will bill the school later.
Resources for Green Wave:
Download the Green Wave 2018 Information Kit for more information on the last year's programme.
Pre-school students (K1/K2) can learn about Singapore's seagrass and marine life through by watching a video about Doo, the dugong in search for his friend Ollie, the octopus in the seagrass meadows. To accompany the video, an interactive sticker book that follows Doo and Ollie's story will be provided for each student.
Resources for Playtime with Doo and Ollie:
Materials for Playtime with Doo and Ollie will be provided by NParks and delivered to the participating schools, to be administered by the teachers.
Materials from previous years
BioBlitz is a form of collaborative wildlife survey to document as many species of flora and fauna as possible, within a set location, over a defined time period.
Upper primary and secondary school students can conduct wildlife surveys in their own campus as part of a nation-wide initiative to document our urban biodiversity.
Resources will be provided to classes and/or CCA groups to learn wildlife survey techniques and how to identify common birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Each school will then select a group of students to participate in a formal survey where they collect the data and submit it to NParks.
Resources for BioBlitz for Schools
Materials for BioBlitz for Schools will be provided by NParks to the participating schools, to be administered by the teachers. Download the Common Birds of Singapore, Common Butterflies of Singapore and Common Dragonflies of Singapore posters for more information.
NParks will be conducting training sessions for teachers from participating schools. Teachers can choose to attend one of the two sessions, which will be held on 25 April 2019 and 26 April 2019, from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm at Function Room, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Attendance is highly recommended as we will be sharing tips on facilitating the survey in the school.
The 7th Festival of Biodiversity will be held on 25 and 26 May 2019 at HDB Hub at Toa Payoh. The Festival will showcase Singapore’s impressive and unique array of native flora and fauna. We hope that this event, which celebrates our natural heritage, will bring about greater awareness of Singapore’s rich biodiversity. Students can look forward to a range of interactive activities and exhibitions by NParks and our interest group partners.