There’s no reason learning about sustainability can’t be fun!
Introduce sustainability concepts to nature lovers over a trip to the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, so they can learn more about the flora and fauna in the region—and in turn what they’re trying to protect. Herons, kingfishers and sunbirds can be seen all year round, but go during September to March if you want to catch the flocks of migratory birds.
If indoor activities are more your cup of tea, there is the NEWater Visitor Centre (NVC) to learn about Singapore’s water sustainability, and the Singapore Sustainable Gallery, where touchscreen exhibitions and interactive games covering topics like climate change, how to calculate your carbon footprint, recycling and more.
These places are perfect to educate and encourage each of us to reflect on how we can do our part for the environment. And the best part? They are also kids-friendly with options for all ages, so everyone in the family can have fun and learn together.
How to get there:
- Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve can be accessed from Kranji station.
- Singapore Sustainable Gallery is located at Marina Barrage. Take a ride to the end of the Thomson-East Coast Line and get off at Gardens by the Bay station. Alternatively, take bus 400 from Tanjong Pagar station, Marina Bay station or Downtown station.
- NEWater Visitor Centre is located at 20 Koh Sek Lim Road. Take exit B from Tanah Merah station, or buses 12, 24, 31 and 38.
Feel good and do good with an eco-friendly staycay
Treat your loved ones (and the environment) with an eco-friendly staycation. With Singapore’s status as a City in a Garden, many more hotels are jumping on the green bandwagon, giving you plenty of options to find places that are as pleasing to your senses as they are to the earth.
Take JW Marriot Hotel South Beach for example: Its undulating architectural features, reminiscent of ocean waves, actually serve a secondary purpose of helping to lower overall temperatures and collect rainwater for the hotel's use. The greenery at Oasia Hotel Downtown also goes beyond soothing the senses and creating a sense of wellness to also facilitate a natural steady draft, so there is no need for air-conditioning in common areas!
And who could forget PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering? With 15,000 sqm of foliage in a land area of just 7,000 sqm, it is literally a hotel in a garden—and one that cleverly leverages the greenery to keep the entire building cool. There are many more like it across the island, so before you book your next weekend staycay, look out for the Green Mark stamp of approval!
How to get there:
- JW Marriot Hotel South Beach is located at 30 South Beach Road. Access it via Esplanade station, City Hall station, or Bugis station. You can also take buses 10, 100 and 106.
- Oasia Hotel Downtown is located at 100 Peck Seah Street. The nearest MRT station is Tanjong Pagar station. You can also take buses 10, 100, 145, 30, 80 and 97.
- PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering is 3 Upper Pickering Street. Stop at Chinatown station, or take bus 143, 147, 166, 190, 197, 33 and 970
A wheel-ly good, green time!