Its safe and easy access, aesthetically pleasing views and magnificent
biodiversity against a backdrop of a rustic island has prompted Shawn
Lum, Vice-President of NSS and a biology lecturer at NIE/NTU, to repeatedly
advocate Chek Jawa's potential as a living classroom. It will provide
the possibility "to conduct a multitude of lesson and activities on
biodiversity, physical geography, mangrove ecology, eco-tourism development
and so much more. The possibilities are endless!"
Nature enthusiasts making the best of a bad situation by actively
encouraging their more urbanised friends gather for a last visit.
Others report that their most unlikely friends have approached them
to organise a trip to Chek Jawa.
Parents, reminiscing scenes from their carefree youth are making the
effort to visit. They are are sharing the scene with their children,
who have grown up relatively isolated from nature. Enthusiastic teachers
are bringing down students in great numbers. Several more webpages
have sprung up.
And after three salvage collection trips for their collection, the
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research of the National University
of Singapore is organising educational visits during the school holidays
in order to maximise the educational use of the land before it disappears