Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lessons and Workshops Calendar

Hi everyone!
You can now view a list of our upcoming events on the top left hand corner of this page.

If you'd like more information on location and times, please do email contact(at)cicadatree.org.sg for details. If you like, we can add you to the mailing list to inform you of upcoming events.

Hope to see you at our lessons!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Joshua on MAD Lesson on Strange Plants

Joshua Goh, who is from Minnesota, attended Cicada Tree Eco-Place’s MAD Lesson on Strange Plants held at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden in August, and enjoyed himself very much.

Joshua wrote:

"I wish I can be here (Botanic Gardens) longer...like a month or a year so that I can learn more about the strange plants here."




Here are some photos which Joshua sent us for our blog:



Joshua takes a closer look at strange plants.







Joshua takes a closer look at bananas.




Sunday, July 26, 2009

MAD lessons go to School

Cicada Tree Eco-Place is proud and excited to bring our MAD lessons to schools! Our first school was First Toa Payoh Primary School where we shared the wonder and beauty of butterflies and moths with 150 pupils of Primary 2 in May. Run for 5 classes over 5 days, our lessons covered butterfly and moth characteristics, diversity and ecology.

We brought live caterpillars and pupae to class. The kids were lucky to observe the stages of a butterfly life-cycle and participate in the release of newly emerged plain tiger butterflies at their school assembly yard. Besides live butterfly and moth caterpillars, we also brought preserved specimens of butterflies and moths to show the kids. The lesson ended with art and craft where the kids made colourful atlas moth wall-hangings which later decorated their classrooms and corridors.

Reflections from the kids were heartwarming. Here is one: “I hereby pledge that I will build a garden for the beautiful butterflies and moths to suck up the nectar from flowers to flowers.”

We hope to bring our MAD lessons to more schools soon. To register, write to Celine Low at: contact@cicadatree.org.sg.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Living Earth Walk - Rainforest

Raul Low (8 years old) attended Uncle Joe’s ‘Living Earth’ walk to the Botanic Gardens Jungle on 18 July 2009 and made some discoveries. He said:

“I found a lot of spiders and squirrels. A Golden Web Spider was having its breakfast. There's 314 types of plants. Uncle Joe taught us some plants can become toys. There is a leaf that flies like a helicopter. Another shaped like a knife and another a boat. We brought back a boat shaped leaf to play as boat. But could not find any snakes. I am doing an experiment with a seed tonight. Tomorrow, it should turn into jelly."

Auntie Vilma says:
Raul’s seed is from the Scaphium macropodum forest tree from which we get the jelly-like substance we find in our local dessert, 'cheng tng'. See Joseph Lai’s website on this amazing native plant http://www.eart-h.com/text/scapma1.htm

Friday, June 12, 2009

Interesting stuff at Kg. Ubin Walk

Raul Low, 8 yrs old, went for the Kg. Ubin Walk by Uncle Joe on 7 June 2009. Raul says, "found 5 golden web spiders. Coooool! The spider was big, huge and frightening. I managed to make two pebbles skip in the water twice and I can throw the pebble further than Uncle Joe. The aloe vera plant was so sticky and yucky. The Noni fruit was smelly. Saw lots of durian trees. We bought drinks from Auntie and found out her parrot got eaten by a snake, so poor bird. She has so many pets. But why her sinks had no pipes under it. The water just came down on the floor."

Aunty Celine replies:
I'm glad you enjoyed the walk, Raul. There are so many interesting plants & creatures out there to see when we open our eyes! Even the different sinks that different people have are most interesting!

Aunty Vilma says:
Well done, Uncle Joe! You’re a great nature teacher.
Raul, I am so glad you enjoyed the Living Earth Walk to Kg. Ubin and saw many things. We hope you will join us again!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Launch of Cicada Tree Website

Left to right: Ng Bee Choo, boss of Nature's Niche, Teresa & Vilma of Cicada Tree Eco-Place (CTEP), welcoming guests to the launch of Nature's Niche & CTEP website on 9 May 2009. CTEP website: www.cicadatree.org.sg




Young volunteers of CTEP receiving tokens of appreciation from Vilma.











Joe Lai, one of CTEP's fantastic nature guides.






Finally, it's launched... with imitation cicada sounds!







Guests going on guided walk on canopy walkway.








Kids colouring sea stars.





















Result of kids' colouring activities.








Chek Jawa Walk

A contribution from Kai, 9 years old:

We started our walk from the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre, a charming Tudor-style cottage also known as “House No. 1”. Uncle Joe was our guide and he shared with us many interesting things about Chek Jawa. One of the important things I learn is that the waters of Chek Jawa is a mix of freshwater and seawater. The freshwater comes from the Johor River. This affects the types of living things found here.

We walked on the Coastal Boardwalk which is built along Chek Jawa’s coastline. Chek Jawa has a rocky shore and we could see lots of barnacles on the rocks. It was high tide so we did not see as much of the habitats that could be found at low tide. As we walked past the Floating Pontoon, we could see more seaweed and seagrass in the waters. The Coastal Boardwalk was about 600 metres long.

On entering the Mangrove Boardwalk, we could see mangroves on both sides of the boardwalk. We saw lots of pencil-like roots sticking out of the water. These aerial roots help the mangrove trees to breathe. There are also Nipah palms and Bakau trees. The Bakau trees have long green seedlings hanging from the branches. Many of these long green seedlings can also be found on the mud and floating on the water. Uncle Joe showed us how these seedlings take root in the mud.

There are many mud lobster holes in the mud but we didn’t see any of their inhabitants. We saw several groups of little fishes swimming in the water. We could see many mudskippers including Giant Mudskippers. It was so cool because I have never seen Giant Mudskippers before. They seem to be about 15 cm long. They are ginormous! Uncle Joe said these Giant Mudskippers eat their babies. We were disgustingly horrified!!

We climbed up the Jejawi Tower which is near the end of the Mangrove Boardwalk. The tower is about 20 metres tall and has 8 flights of steps. At the top of the tower, we can see a beautiful panoramic view of Chek Jawa. The Oriental Pied Hornbill made a special guest appearance for our group. It is a big, black and white bird. It’s my first time seeing a hornbill in its natural surroundings. It was an extremely rare treat and I was very fortunate to be there.

I enjoyed myself very much and plan to go back to Chek Jawa again and again.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Chek Jawa Walk


LIVING EARTH WALKS

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.

Date:
Sunday, 26 April 2009, 9.00 am

DURATION: 3 hrs.

Trails: Wooden boardwalk. Earth paths, some parts with gentle slopes.

Walk fee: $15 per person (adult or child), minimum 6 years of age, excluding the bumboat ride and mini-bus ride to Chek Jawa. 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. Minimum 20 pax for walk to go ahead.
Advance registration & payment is required.

Registration: Email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mad lesson on Birds


Oriental Pied Hornbill
(Anthracoceros albirostris)

If you’re a kid between the ages of 5 and 10, join us for our…

MAD LESSON ON BIRDS
Do birds sleep? What are the 10 most common birds in Singapore? Do all birds sing? How does a bird build its nest? What's Singapore's largest bird? If you're curious about Singapore's beautiful birds, join us for this lesson. We will share with you what we know about birds--where they live, what they eat, and how they protect themselves from predators. This MAD lesson will also include information about how you can be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.
Choose any one of the dates below:

Saturday, 4 April 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm
Saturday, 18 April 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm
Cost: $15 per child which includes a lovely badge and nature magazine. All classes held at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Registration: Email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Monday, March 16, 2009

Mad lesson on Butterflies & Moths


Malay Lacewing
(Cethosia hypsea hypsina)

If you’re a kid between the ages of 5 and 10, join us for our…
MAD LESSON ON BUTTERFLIES & 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 how you can be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.
Date:

Thursday, 19 March 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm

Cost: $15 per child which includes a lovely badge and nature magazine.
Venue: Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.
Registration: Email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Mad lesson on Reptiles


Banded Krait

(Bungarus fasciatus)

If you’re a kid between the ages of 5 and 10, join us for our…


MAD LESSON ON REPTILES


If you're keen to learn more about snakes, geckoes, skinks, crocodiles, turtles, tortoises and terrapins, then join us for this lesson! We will share with you what we know about reptiles--where they live, what they eat, and how they protect themselves from predators. This MAD lesson will also include information about how you can be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.


Choose any one of the dates below:

Sunday, 1 March 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm
Saturday, 21 March 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm
Wednesday, 25 March 2009, 9.30 to 11.30am


Cost: $15 per child which includes a lovely badge and nature magazine. All classes held at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.


Registration: Email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mad lesson on Mammals




Common Palm Civet
(Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)


If you’re a kid between the ages of 5 and 10, join us for our…


MAD LESSON ON MAMMALS


Do mammals still live in Singapore’s wild habitats or do they only exist at our zoo? Join us to find out! You will learn some fascinating facts about mammals--where they live, what they eat and how they protect themselves from predators. This MAD lesson will also include information about how you can be part of the solution to protect our environment and wild habitats.


Choose any one of the dates below:

Sunday, 1 February 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm
Wednesday, 11 February 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm
Sunday, 15 February 2009, 2.30 to 4.30pm


Cost: $15 per child which includes a lovely badge and nature magazine. All classes held at the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden.


Registration: Email Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg