Friday, August 22, 2008

12 September 2008: Lantern Festival


The Lantern Festival is well-loved by children, especially for its colourful lanterns. Cicada Tree Eco-Place invites children to come together to promote peace by making peaceful dove lanterns as part of our Lantern Festival celebrations. Traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month in observance of a bountiful Autumn harvest in China, Chinese families typically gather to relax, drink tea, eat moon cakes, carry lanterns around their neighbourhood and pray for peace. Upon this occasion, the legend of the Moon Goddess, Chang-Er, is often told to children.

At this event held at an orchid farm, you will learn to make lanterns out of recycled material and hear about the Lantern Festival and the Roots & Shoots Day of Peace. As night falls, we will admire the moon, drink orchid tea, eat mooncakes and watch for bats that take to the night sky in search for food. Come to also find out how bats are symbols of prosperity in Chinese culture.


Date: Friday 12 September 2008
Place: Nature's Niche @ Orchidville (click for directions)
Time: 4.30pm to 8pm
Cost: $20 per child (includes lesson notes, craft materials, floral tea and mooncakes)

SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN 6 TO 10 YEARS OLD.

Registration: Email Celine Low at leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

16 Aug 08: M.A.D. About Nightlife!



Ever wonder what lives in our forests at night? Well, join us and find out!

Cicada Tree Eco-Place, an environmental education NGO, in conjunction with NParks, is happy to present a talk for adults and, concurrently, a kid’s workshop on Singapore’s little-known nocturnal mammals – the slow loris, the pangolin, and the colugo.

Presented by Fam Shundeng and Norman Lim, the talk for adults will highlight the animals’ characteristics, ecology, the threats they face, and how we can make a difference.

Kids will learn about slow lorises, pangolins and colugos too, and make mammal art & craft. All kids will take home their craft.


When: Saturday 16 August 08

Venue: Function Room, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens

Time: 10am to 12 noon

Admission is FREE for both adults and kids!


Kids' registration is necessary: Please email lim_wei_ling@nparks.gov.sg by Thursday 14 August to let us know if you are coming.


All are welcome!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Nature Culture Guided Walks






Kampong Ubin Walk
A stroll through parts of rural Ubin. We will look at what the locals grow in their backyards, from the herbs used as traditional medicines, to vegetables, wildflowers and fruit trees. Many of these are ‘old-fashioned’ plants no longer common, such as Sawtooth Coriander, Ceylon Spinach and Rambai. Durian trees abound on Ubin, with two fruiting seasons a year.

Duration: 2 hrs
Trails: Mostly level earth paths and tar road. Suitable for all.
Walk fee: $13 per person, 6 years and above, excluding bumboat ride, for groups of 20. For groups of less than 20 pax, the minimum fee is $240. The bumboat ride is $2.50 per person one way.



Chek Jawa Walk
We go on the extensive boardwalk at Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin. Here we shall see a diversity of unique flora and fauna. At low tide, exposed seaweeds used to be collected by locals to feed their pigs. From the mangroves, Attap Palm leaves were harvested for thatching while durable Nibong Palm trunks were used to build kelongs. The shallow sea here was also a rich hunting ground. Many natural resources were depended upon, and used in sustainable ways by the kampong folk who lived at CJ.

Duration: 3 hrs
Trails: Wooden boardwalk. Earth paths, some parts with gentle slopes.
Walk fee: $15 per person, 6 years and above, excluding the bumboat ride and mini-bus ride to Chek Jawa, for groups of 20. For groups of less than 20 pax, the minimum fee is $280. The bumboat ride is $2.50 per person one way. The mini-bus ride is $4 return per person to and from the main village.



Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This wetland reserve is now a resting and feeding spot for migratory birds. But it also hosts a fantastic diversity of native fauna and flora. In the past, the area had several kampongs (villages) with the locals tending to vegetable and fruit tree plots. Many of these fruit trees and traditional herbs still survive and may be encountered along the trails. The people also constructed fish and prawn ponds in the mangroves. These are now used by the birds.

Duration: 2 hrs, preferably in the morning.
Trails: Level dirt paths and boardwalks suitable for children, the elderly, disabled or participants using wheelchairs.
Walk fee: $13 per person, excluding park entrance fees, for groups of 20. For groups of less than 20 pax, the minimum fee is $240.
Park entrance fee is $1.00 for adults, 50 cents for children and students during weekends. Free entrance on weekdays.


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

OOH Program





Eco-Living Now!

Cicada Tree Eco-Place is proud to bring you Eco Living Now!, a roving exhibition for schools. This new program promotes eco-living for a greener and more sustainable future. Eco Living Now! is an attractive and comprehensive poster exhibition which seeks to impart important information on eco-living, carbon footprint and how to make a difference! Suitable for students, this exhibition contains simple and practical green tips for daily eco-living, written in easy-to-read text with attractive native wildlife pictures.






The Eco Living Now! exhibition includes 5 sections:

1. Introduction to Eco-living
2. Eco at Home
3. Eco in School
4. Eco at Work & Play
5. Eco with a Passion for Birds

Charges: $200 for the whole exhibition or a choice of parts of it, for 1 week at your school, including delivery to your school.



Eco-skit option:
We can train 2 teachers and/or a small group of 15 students to perform an eco-skit based on information from the exhibition. This eco-skit aims to make learning about eco-living fun and meaningful. The skit may be performed by students at as assembly or in the classroom in conjunction with the exhibition. Training is 3 hours, over 2 sessions. A script will be provided.

Charges: Add $100



Registration and enquiries: leopardcat@pacific.net.sg

Make A Difference! MAD lessons on wildlife




Click here to view upcoming MAD lessons and our other events!


Make A Difference! MAD lessons on wildlife by Cicada Tree Eco-place and generously supported by Intel will be conducted at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.

This environmental education program is suitable for kids aged 5 to 10, from kindergarten to primary school.

Through MAD lessons for wildlife, kids will learn about “OOH--Our Only Home” (Planet Earth) by learning about animals, plants and ecology in a session of 1.5 hours. They will also learn about our “warming world” and our carbon footprint and how this affects the lives of plants, animals, humans and our environment. Kids will learn easy eco-actions to make a difference for earth.

Kids pay $15 for a 1.5 hour session at the Children's Garden. Maximum number for a group sign-up (e.g. school groups and groups from organizations) is 20 and minimum fee to run is $300 (even if a group is less than 20 kids). For weekend individual sign-ups, kids pay $15 each.
A button-badge and an information pamphlet will be given to all registered kids.

Enquiries and registration: leopardcat@pacific.net.sg


Current Programmes for 2008:

  • MAD lesson on Butterflies and Moths

    In this hands-on lesson on butterflies and moths, kids will learn about the diversity of butterflies and moths we have in Singapore, the differences between butterflies and moths, their ecology -- life cycle, where they live, what they eat, what may eat them. Get to know how to easily attract butterflies and moths to gardens at home, in school or in neighbourhoods! This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

  • MAD lesson on Jungle Friends

    Everyone needs a healthy planet to live on. Our jungle friends share Earth with us. This lesson will focus on the relationships plants and animals have with each other and with us. This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

  • MAD lesson on Frogs and Toads

    Singapore has 25 species of frogs and toads, 19 of which live in our forests. If our forest is degraded due to un-natural climate change, we may easily lose some of our amphibian species. Kids will learn about the diversity of frogs and toads in Singapore, the differences between frogs and toads, learn about their ecology —- their life cycle, where they live, what they eat, what may eat them. Get to know how to create amphibian habitats that will attract native frogs and toads to breed! This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.

  • MAD lesson on Wild Toys

    Seeds, leaves and other parts of plants may be used creatively to make engaging toys and games. Make toys from plants in this lesson! This MAD lesson will also include information about global warming and our carbon footprint and kids will leave the lesson with a pledge to do easy eco-actions daily in their lives so as to be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.


Click here to view upcoming MAD lessons and events!

For enquiries and registration, please email leopardcat@pacific.net.sg.

About


Hello and welcome to the blog of Cicada Tree Eco-Place!


Cicada Tree Eco-Place is a new non-profit NGO which promotes nature, culture and eco-living through environmental education.

Founded in Singapore in 2007 by volunteer educators and environmentalists, our organisation is named after a native freshwater swamp plant called Ploiarium alternifolium (cicada tree or riang riang) whose habitat is locally endangered.

Our organization aims to:
• provide affordable and quality environmental education for all;
• promote local and regional flora & fauna; and
• demonstrate and encourage adoption of an eco-lifestyle by individuals and organisations