Set in a rustic environment with multiple trails for hiking and biking, the 63-hectare Dairy Farm Nature Park offers a host of recreational activities and amenities such as a nature trail and former quarry. But the park’s main attraction is the Wallace Education Centre, Singapore’s first field study hub for schools.
Formerly a cow shed, the Wallace Education Centre now houses the Wallace Environmental Learning Lab (WELL), as well as an interpretative centre, where visitors can learn about the changing landscapes of Dairy Farm and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve through various exhibits. As it no longer functions as a dairy farm, there are no real cows at Dairy Farm Nature Park.
Established by NParks and Raffles Girls' Secondary School, WELL provides a holistic programme where students discover Singapore's natural heritage through interesting hands-on activities such as exploring the trails of Dairy Farm, conducting research studies on water, soil, rock and insects, and carrying out data analysis at the Lab. With the materials developed by Raffles Girls' Secondary School, teachers will be able to self-conduct various educational programmes.
At the south-western end of the park lies the Singapore Quarry, which has been transformed into a wetland habitat with a viewing platform for visitors to appreciate Singapore’s freshwater flora and fauna. Nature lovers can look forward to seeing native inhabitants of the park including numerous species of dragonflies, many of which are rare.
The Wallace Education Centre, WELL, and the Wallace Trail are named after Alfred Wallace to honour his contributions to natural science. A contemporary of Charles Darwin, Wallace is the other "father" behind the theory of evolution. In 1854, Wallace stopped over in Singapore during his journey to the Malay Archipelago, and collected many species of beetles in the vicinity of the Dairy Farm site.
Park Size: 63 hectares
How to get there
1) Alight at Petir Road: 700, 700A, 966, 973 (Bus stop ID: 44369 & 44361)
2) Alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, Hillview Station: 67, 75, 170, 170A, 171, 178, 184, 961, 961C (Bus stop ID: 43061 & 43069)
Alight at Hillview MRT Station, take Exit A
Nature Park Opening Hours
7:00am to 7:00pm daily
- Wheelchair accessible to Wallace Education Centre from Carpark B
Specific Do’s & Don’ts:
1. No pets allowed in the nature park. Dogs on leashes are only allowed on the tarmac road only and not nature trails.
2. No feeding of monkeys.
For your safety, please do not enter the nature reserve and forested areas during stormy weather as such inclement weather may cause trees and branches to fall.
Do note that when planning to go outdoors, dial-a-weather at 65427788 for a weather forecast.