WSC: Fieldtrips

Option 1: Pulau Seringat lagoon and St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory*

Seringat Lagoon is a C-shaped 1km long artificial lagoon located on Lazarus island, accessible via a 30-min ferry ride from the highly urbanised Singapore mainland. The lagoon boasts a thriving seagrass bed consisting of seagrass species such as Cymodocea rotundata, Syringodium isoetifolium and Halodule uninervis. Participants will be able to explore the diverse marine life that has recruited to this nascent seagrass habitat. After the intertidal walk, participants will take a leisurely walk to St John Island National Marine Laboratory, Singapore’s only offshore marine research facility. A guided tour will get you acquainted with our facilities, the research we conduct, and outreach efforts by the National Parks Board.

Note: Several isolated locations on St John Island have been found to contain traces of asbestos. Facilities at SJINML are determined to be asbestos-free. Strict measures have been put in place by authorities to contain affected areas, and the asbestos found were of the non-dispersive type. 

Departure time: 3.45 am at UTown, Stephen Riady Centre Foyer (next to Auditorium 2)

Estimated time of return: 12.00 noon at UTown

All participants on this fieldtrip must bring their passports (or NRIC for Singaporean citizens) for departure from Marina South Pier.

 

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Option 2: Changi Beach Park*

One of the oldest coastal parks in Singapore, Changi Beach Park still retains a kampong (village) ambience. There, participants can explore a multispecific meadow that is home to a colourful array of species, including pink warty sea cucumbers, knobbly sea stars and even coastal horseshoe crabs! This shorter fieldtrip on Singapore’s mainland is suitable for participants looking to rest before the afternoon’s activities.

Departure time: 3.45 am at UTown, Stephen Riady Centre Foyer (next to Auditorium 2)

Estimated time of return: 8.00am at UTown

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Option 3: Chek Jawa Wetlands on Pulau Ubin*

Chek Jawa Wetlands can be found along the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin (less than 2km off the north-eastern shoreline of Singapore), and consists of five major habitats: coastal forest, mangroves, rocky shore, seagrass and sandy shores. The seagrass meadow in Chek Jawa is one of the largest in Singapore, and harbours a great diversity of species. The area was originally slated for land reclamation but development plans were deferred in the face of strong public support for the preservation of Chek Jawa. Amenities at Chek Jawa include a viewing jetty, over 1 kilometre of coastal and mangrove boardwalk, a 20 metre tall watch tower and public toilets.

Departure time: 3.45 am at UTown, Stephen Riady Centre Foyer (next to Auditorium 2)

Estimated time of return: 10.00am at UTown

 

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Option 4: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is one of Singapore’s four national reserves, and is the only one that encompasses wetlands. Uncover a world filled with rich biodiversity as you wander through the wetlands with an extensive 202ha of mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests. The reserve is home to the locally endangered Haolphila becarrii, as well as numerous species of rare mangroves. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the resident estuarine crocodiles!

Departure time: 8.00 am at UTown, Stephen Riady Centre Foyer (next to Auditorium 2)

Estimated time of return: 12.00 noon at UTown

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Option 5: S.E.A. AquariumTM

Not keen on waking up early at the crack of dawn and walking around in Singapore’s heat and humidity? Let the ocean and its creatures come to you! S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa contains a total of 45,000,000 litres of water for more than 800 species spread across 10 zones with 49 habitats. It also has one of the world’s largest viewing panel, 36-metre (118 ft) wide and 8.3-metre (27 ft) tall, which is intended to give visitors the feeling of being on the ocean floor.

Departure time: 9.15 am at UTown, Stephen Riady Centre Foyer (next to Auditorium 2)

Estimated time of return: 12.00 noon at UTown

 

*Some of these fieldtrip options disembark very early to catch the low tides just before dawn. Participants signing up for any outdoor trip are advised to wear light long pants and long-sleeved shirts (in case of biting insects), sturdy water-shoes/booties, and a torch/headlamp (as it will be dark at the start of the trip). As it will be warm, participants should also bring sufficient water to stay hydrated.