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Biodiversity Week for Community


The International Day of Biological Diversity is observed on 22nd May globally, as an effort to advocate biodiversity awareness. The theme for 2019 is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”.

Our biodiversity offers many valuable ecosystem services that we can tap upon. Singapore’s coastal ecosystems in particular, are made up by a high population of mangroves. They act as sinks for absorbing large amount of carbon dioxide, in order to mitigate climate change or the greenhouse effect. Beyond our dependence on our ecosystem for air, we rely on our ecosystem for other support and regulating services. This includes its function in governing and regulating water cycle, in pollination, erosion prevention, moderating temperature and more.  These services provided by the ecosystems cannot be discounted. Hence, it is extremely vital for us to realise our dependence on nature and its biodiversity.

To commemorate the International Day of Biological Diversity, NParks will be organising a suite of events and activities during Biodiversity Week (18 to 26 May) to encourage the community to join us as stewards of our natural heritage and play their part to conserve our rich biodiversity. The celebrations across a fortnight will culminate in the seventh instalment of the Festival of Biodiversity, which will be held over two days (25 and 26 May) at HDB Hub Mall @ Toa Payoh.

Find out more about the host of activities that will be happening and join us to learn more about our rich natural heritage!

 

Festival of Biodiversity

Date/Time Event Description Venue

25 - 26 May

10.30AM - 10.30PM

Festival of Biodiversity

Organised in collaboration with the Biodiversity Roundtable, the annual Festival of Biodiversity celebrates Singapore’s biodiversity. Through games, crafts, interactive booths and exhibitions, the Festival aims to enthuse the general public about conserving our natural heritage.

HDB Hub Mall @ Toa Payoh

 

Citizen Science Programmes

Date/Time Programme Venue

4, 5, 11, 12, 18 May 

8.00AM - 12.00PM

Nationwide BioBlitz cum Habitat Enhancement

BioBlitz sessions will be taking place in various locations across Singapore, including schools and parks. Interested participants can look forward to working alongside naturalists and researchers to document the flora and fauna that can be found within a particular area.
Parks and Gardens around Singapore

18 - 26 May

9.30AM - 3.00PM

Butterfly Watch

The Butterfly Watch is a citizen science initiative organised as part of the NParks Community in Nature (CIN) Biodiversity Watch Series, to get Singaporeans involved in collecting valuable information about the butterflies in our parks, gardens and reserves.

Various sites around Singapore

 21 May

5.30AM - 9.00AM

 

23 May

6.00AM - 9.30AM

Intertidal Watch

Intertidal Watch is a citizen science programme by NParks which aims to collect long-term data to facilitate science-based decision-making and management of Singapore’s coastal areas. Intertidal Watch also aims to reach out to the public and generate awareness on marine biodiversity and conservation in Singapore.

Registration via our Volunteer Management System (VMS) and pre-event training is required. Please email intertidal_watch@nparks.gov.sg for more details.

Changi Beach Park

 

Children's Craft Activities

Date/Time Programme Venue

11 & 18 May

9.00AM - 5.00PM

Craft with Us!

Want to learn more about the biodiversity that can be found in Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and Singapore? Come join us as we learn about them through craft activities ranging from colouring to pop-up craft!

Registration is not required. 

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre

18 May

9.30AM - 12.00PM

Craft with Us!

Get crafty with us as we celebrate the International Day of Biological Diversity this May. Bring your kid along to learn all about Paddy the flying Pulau seed and create your very own pop-up craft!

Registration is not required.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

 

Guided Walks/Talks

Date/Time Programme Address

18 May

9.00AM, 10.00AM, 11.00AM & 4.00PM

Orchid Garden Tour

Explore the beauty and diversity of orchids with our volunteer guides in this one-hour tour.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services at Nassim Gate 

 18 May

9.00AM - 11.00AM

Biodiversity appreciation visit @ Kent Ridge Park

A guided tour to visit the various highlights within Kent Ridge Park, coupled with a hands-on floating island construction project for the Kent Ridge Pond as part of NParks’ habitat enhancement initiative.

 Kent Ridge Park

18 May

9.30AM & 11.00AM

What’s in My Water?

What's that swimming in the water? A fish, a worm, an insect or a crocodile!? Join us for an interesting morning walk to know the creatures and plants that lives in and around the water edges of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre

18 May

9.00AM - 11.00AM

Nature Sketching in the Gardens

Join our volunteer artist, Mr Tham Pui San, as he teaches and guides you in acquiring drawing and observation skills to equip you for an interesting journey of nature appreciation. Please bring along your own sketching materials.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Eco Garden

18 May

9.30AM - 10.30AM

Nature Appreciation Walk @ Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

A guided walk conducted by CNR volunteers along the South View Path where participants can experience nature in its pristine form and learn about  flora and fauna found in the reserve.

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

 18 May

10.30AM - 11.30AM

Common Urban Bees of Singapore

Have you ever wanted to learn about some common bee species found in Singapore? Join us for a talk at Gardener’s Day Out about Singapore’s urban bees and learn why they are so important, how to identify them and what to plant to help support them.

Flower Room, HorPark

25 May

9.00AM - 11.00AM

Sketches of Nature

Explore the artist in you while you take a scenic walk in Telok Blangah Hill Park together with NParks' volunteer artist, Mr Tham Pui San. Take home with you sketches of the interesting flora and fauna or the beautiful surroundings in the area. Bring along your sketchbook, pen, pencil, coloured pencil or watercolours and join us in this relaxing activity.

 

Telok Blangah Hill Park, Multipurpose Plaza

25 May

9.00AM - 10.00AM

Heritage Tour

For over 150 years, Singapore Botanic Gardens has been the birth place of South East Asia's rubber and orchid industries. A walk through the re-developed Tanglin / Heritage Core of the Gardens will evoke memories of bygone days where ladies stroll through the Gardens with the parasols and long skirts. Highlights of the tour include the Bandstand, sculptures in the Gardens, the Heritage Trees, the Main Gate, the Saraca Stream Walk.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services at Tanglin Gate (Botany Centre)

25 May

10.00AM - 11.00AM

Race Against Time - Science behind a Botanic Garden Tour

This session introduces the research facilities at the Singapore Botanic Gardens such as the Library of Botany & Horticulture, Orchid & Micro-propagation laboratory and the Herbarium.

Highlights of this 45-minute tour includes a visit to the Herbarium which stores physical records of reference plant materials, some dating as far back as 1790.  In addition, learn about our hybridization programme for orchids, a process introduced back in 1930’s by the then Director, R.E Holttum. 

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Services at Tanglin Gate (Botany Centre)

25 May

9.30AM & 11.00AM

What’s in My Mud?

Join us for an interesting guided walk featuring our lesser known creatures in the mudflats of Sungei Buloh.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Wetland Centre

25 May

9.00AM - 10.00AM

Ecolife @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

This family tour introduces Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and its biodiversity through the use of interactive exploration themes and activities. Have fun working together to answer worksheets, conduct surveys and photo hunts, among other activities.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

25 May

9.30AM & 11.00AM

Nature Appreciation Walk @ Windsor Nature Park

Come join us for this guided walk and discover the importance of Windsor Nature Park as a buffer to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve!

Windsor Nature Park

25 May

9.00AM - 10.00AM

Learning Forest Tour

The Learning Forest features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest. Visitors can learn about freshwater forest wetland ecosystems at the Keppel Discovery Wetlands and walk amongst a collection of some of the tallest tree species in Southeast Asia at the SPH Walk of Giants.

Singapore Botanic Gardens, Visitor Service at Tyersall Gate

 25 May

5.00PM - 6.30PM

A walk with your neighbours: The monkeys of Bukit Timah

If you would like to learn more about your community and the interesting world of your neighbouring macaques at Bukit Timah, please join our walk led by experts.

Bukit Timah Nature Resrve, Visitor Centre’s Front Courtyard

 

Others

Date/Time Programme Venue

18 May

9.00AM - 3.00PM

Gardeners’ Day Out

HortParks’ signature event promises an entire day of gardening and lifestyle activities for everyone.

HortPark

18 - 26 May

Biodiversity Week for Schools

Throughout the week, a variety of activities targeting students of different age groups will be carried out including Green Wave, Playtime with Doo and Ollie, and BioBlitz for Schools.
Various Schools around Singapore

 

Pre-Biodiversity Week Activities

Date/Time Event Description Venue

11 May

9.30AM - 11.00AM

What’s in My Mud?

Join us for an interesting guided walk featuring our lesser known creatures in the mudflats of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve, Wetland Centre

 

 

Last updated on 25 May 2019

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