NIE Green Club

We are a group of nature enthusiasts from NIE whom have gathered to discover more about nature together. This blog is a record of events, activities and discoveries we've made.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

FAQs: Chek Jawa - Our Outdoor Classroom

Frequently Asked Questions aka FAQs

Who is organising this walk?

The NIE Green Club and the Naked Hermit Crabs (NHC).

Why is the group size limited?

Firstly, there aren't many volunteers from NHC right now to help conduct the walks.
Secondly, it's much more enjoyable for you if the group is small. You don't have to jostle to see or hear the guide, or the wildlife being discussed.
Most importantly, we would like to minimise impact upon the natural environment. If we were unable to accommodate you this time around, hopefully you could join us in our future trips? If you enjoy our walks and demand is great, we can continue to hold more of these walks.

Why are the walks charged?
Your contribution of $4 per person will help partially cover the costs of training and developing the walks. The bulk of costs are currently funded through personal contributions by the Naked Hermit Crabs. The Crabs will of course gratefully accept any additional donations to this cause! Thank you!

Why do we need to prepare $8 as transportation cost?
The first $4 is for the boat ride to and fro Pulau Ubin.
The second $4 will be for the van ride to and fro Chek Jawa.

Where exactly is the meeting point?
Changi Ferry Terminal, the ferry terminal which has boat rides to Pulau Ubin, the one located very near Changi Village.

What to prepare for the walk besides a camera?
(1). A pair of comfortable walking shoes would be best.
(2). Wear light-breathable clothing.
(3). Bring a hat in case of hot weather.
(4). Bring drinking water and a light snack.
(5). Encountering of some insects along the walk would be possible. Therefore, some insect repellent might come in handy.
Bring a poncho in case of wet weather. Umbrellas are discouraged, as it would be a possible lightning conductor. But if there is heavy rain or lightning (which can happen without rain), the walk will be stopped or aborted.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Event: Chek Jawa - Our Outdoor Classroom

Event over and covered!

Event Name: Chek Jawa - Our Outdoor Classroom

“The Beauty of Chek Jawa is that several different ecosystems can be seen in one small area. These ecosystems and the plants and animals found there are no longer common in Singapore.” (Chek Jawa Guidebook, Ria Tan and Alan Yeo, 2003)

(Picture above shows the boardwalk at Chek Jawa)

In collaboration with the Naked Hermit Crabs (NHC), the NIE Green Club is organising an exclusive guided walk at the recently opened Chek Jawa boardwalk for NIE Trainee Teachers, this September.

Come and experience what it’s like to be in an outdoor classroom like Tanjung Chek Jawa, Pulau Ubin.

Date: Saturday, 8th September 2007
Time: 8:30 am to 12 pm
Cost per person: $4 (For guided walk)
Prepare: $8 (Transportation costs per person)

Interested? Drop us an email at

Please leave us your,

a) Name and Matric Card Number,
b) Contact Number
c) Course you are in and your academic year

Click here to read a preview of the walk from a blog.

More about the Naked Hermit Crabs:
The Naked Hermit Crabs are a group of volunteer guides who also guide at Singapore's other shores such as Chek Jawa, Pulau Semakau, Kusu Island. They have come together to share our other shores through public walks.

Visit their blog:

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We are the NIE Green Club

Do you know that NIE has a butterfly garden on its grounds?

Here's a photograph (photo below) of a Blue Glassy Tiger (Ideopsis vulgaris macrina) from the butterfly garden in NIE.
If you are a student from NIE and interested in,
  • Conducting nature walks or lessons in environmental education for your students in the future OR,
  • Discovering more about nature OR,
  • Exploring the wild spots of Singapore.
Why not join us?

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