For young marine scientists in Singapore: applications close 15 May 2020

Specially for youths, get funding to do marine science in Singapore at St. John's Island National Marine Laboratory!
Exploring St John's Island off the central business district
St John's Island intertidal, just opposite the Central Business District.

Applications for the Explore - Young Marine Scientist Award has just been opened. This will be the last call for applications for the year.

Applications open: 13 April 2020
Deadline for submission of applications: 15 May 2020

29 Mar (Sun), 4 Apr (Sat) and 10 Apr (Fri): Kayak Punggol to Ubin with Kayakasia

Suitable for families and beginners. This is a special and easy trail that links together Punggol, Pulau Serangoon (Coney Island), and Pulau Ubin!
Could be called the trail of mystery as we attempt to locate a crumbling villa, the German Girl Shrine, and one of the best look-out point on Pulau Ubin. This trail might also take you into the mangroves of the lesser known Sungai Teris.

21 Mar (Sat) and 22 Mar (Sun): Paddling Sungei Simpang with Kayakasia

A leisurely paddle into Khatib Bongsu, one of the last riverine mangrove on our shores. Suitable for kids and families, if you have never paddled before, this trip would be a good introduction.
Photo by Say Chong
Participants will learn about the Giant Fig, snails, rubik cubes, lobsters, and why there are plenty of babies in the mangrove. Be inspired by the "beauty and brains" of this riverine system.

28 Mar (Sat) and 25 Apr (Sat): Northern Shores Trail with Kayakasia

This is probably Kayakasia's longest way to explore our shores, as we paddle from Pasir Ris to Sembawang! On those rare days the currents + winds are forecasted to be with us, we go with the flow on this one - so it will be fun!
We will make swimming stops at beaches on Coney Island, Punggol Settlement, Seletar Island, and finally Sembawang Park. This is a costal kayak trail that also explores the land use of our shores, of 4 islands, of what was used and we paddle past a contrast of nature and buildout...

New Nature Park at Khatib Bongsu by 2030

NParks has announced that there will be a new nature park at Khatib Bongsu, a rich mangrove and mudflat habitat on the northeastern coast of Singapore. The upcoming 40-hectare nature park will be an important stopover for migratory shorebirds and complements the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Kayaking to Khatib Bongsu
Kayaking through Khatib Bongsu.
This is part of NParks' plants to have at least another 200 hectares of nature parks by 2030.

March school holidays sea shore happenings

Bring your kids and the family for these shore happenings during the upcoming school holidays. Most are free and all are fun!
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve: Main Bridge
Learn about shorebirds, crocodiles, and the waters and mudflats of Sungei Buloh. Join the Young Naturalist Camp for a whole day of learning and fun! Explore Coney Island or Changi Beach. Join a special kayaking trip at Sentosa designed those without kayaking experience, and welcoming kids and furkids.

14 Mar (Sat): Kayak the Sentosa Trail with kayakasia

Suitable for those without kayaking experience, families, and children. This is an easy coastal trail specially designed for those who would like to try out kayaking for the first time.
Whether with your little one or your dog, this short morning paddle introduces the basics of sea kayaking. Visit a WW2 fort and a couple of islands, all on the clear waters off Pulau Belakang Mati (Sentosa).

Shore exploration for kids with Young Nautilus (Apr-Jun 2020)

Join Young Nautilus to explore our own coastal backyard in Singapore, and take a closer look at the amazing animals! Expose your children to science and nature, see in action what they have learnt in schools about wildlife! Here's their public programmes.
Founded by educators equipped with degrees in Life Science and Marine Biology, Young Nautilus is an education enrichment partner for schools and families that provide fun and engaging science learning journeys. By fostering a deeper understanding of the world and the dynamic changes that shape it, we enrich what are taught in the MOE syllabus.

7 Mar (Sat): Kayak the Pasir Ris To Ubin Trail with Kayakasia

Suitable for families and beginners, this is Kayakasia's easiest trip to explore Pulau Ubin's nature and kampong heritage, starting from Pasir Ris Park!
It will bring you into Sungei Jelutong, climb up the highest hill on Pulau Ubin for a panoramic view of Johor, taste tropical fruits, and converse with Ah Ma at Ah Ma's drink stall, which is itself a heritage site on Pulau Ubin!

8 Mar (Sun): Kayak the Khatib Bongsu River Trail with Kayakasia

Suitable for beginners and families with kids. Explore this almost forgotten natural river. Paddling underneath the hanging roots of an immense Fig, or the canopied creeks, this is one of the most beautiful river trails in Singapore.

Highlights (depends on time) include ...
Mangrove Tunnel
Rhizophora Flooded Forest
Mixed Flooded Forest
Avicenna Flooded Forest

1 Mar (Sun): Kayak the Kusu-Lazarus Trail with Kayakasia

Suitable for beginners, this is a paddle of transcendental significance! First we land on the impermanent beach of Lazarus Island, which only appears during certain tides.
After getting your life back reconnecting with the outdoors, we head to Kusu Island to bask ourselves in the longevity of the resident turtles. If that is not enough, climb the 152 steps leading to the kramats (Malay holy shrines) and pray at the Tua Pek Kong (Chinese) temple. If nothing works, laze on the tranquil beach of Kusu and see life anew!

16 Feb (Sun): Registration opens for FREE walk at St John's Island on 22 Mar (Sun)

Registration opens on 16 Feb (Sun) 10am for the FREE public guided walk on St John's Island by the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory on 22 Mar (Sun). The ticket includes a ferry ride to and from St John’s Island.
St John's Island's living lagoon
There will be a repeat of this walk on 13 Jun (Sun), registration will open on 16 May (Sat) at 10am.