• Vivian Teo

5 highlights kids will love at EcoTrail Singapore

Updated: Feb 8

Located at Singapore's Lorong Chencharu, EcoTrail is a refreshing and educational nature learning tour that kids and adults will enjoy.

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Being a mosquito-magnet and prone to sweating buckets under the hot sun, I've never really been big on trekking and nature walks (erm sounds a lil like one of my book characters?!) - likewise for my family! But man did we enjoy this tour by EcoTrail Singapore!

Held at a private farmland at 91 Lorong Chencharu in Yishun, EcoTrail is a refreshing getaway from city life, especially when farms like these are a rarity in Singapore. The 1.5-hour educational guided tour lets you get up-close with plants and farm animals while learning about nature and its ecosystems. Here's our review and 5 things we love about EcoTrail:


1) Getting up-close with animals

The best thing about the tour was being able to get up-close with animals - some you could observe from outside their homes and some you could hold and pet! Like at the guinea pig pen, where we got to mingle with these cute critters!

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At the guinea pig pen

The older kids were allowed to carry the guinea pigs while guides were there to help them do it correctly.

If you're game, you can also hold some earthworms. Not many went for it though!

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Earthworm, anyone?

We also got to pet some Silkie chickens, which my girls love!

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Silkie chickens

Here are some of the other animals we saw along the way. These ducks and chickens are part of the tour stations but it was still good to see them!

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Here ducky ducky...

We also got to observe these carpenter ants upfront.

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Carpenter ants

We also saw and learn about insects like praying mantis...

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Hello praying mantis!

and stick insects.

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Stick insect

2) Feeding animals

You get to feed some of the animals too. Like at the guinea pig pen and at the fish pond where we fed dried mealworms to tilapias and terrapins.

We were supposed to feed the silkie chickens too but alas, there were no spoons at the station and you can't feed them with your hands as they might peck! My girls were rather disappointed they didn't get to feed the chickens as they really liked the silkies but it was still nice to see them!

3) Basking in nature

Living in Singapore, it's not everyday you get to visit farms and be among nature and animals. The environment really feels like a nice getaway from the city. Here's the view where we stopped to see the earthworms.

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Love this view

View from the bridge.

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Early in the morning at the farm

Here's one of the pond where we fed the fishes and terrapins.

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Fish pond

Along the way, we also spotted lots of interesting and beautiful plants, like these flowers.

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Flowers

And these yellow flowers. BTW, those tents in the background of the pic below are glamping tents. You can actually book for a glamping holiday here though I don't think it's directly with EcoTrail. You can probably find more info on that by searching 'glamping' and 'Orto'.

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More flowers and glamping tents

Also saw this huge pea plant.

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Huge pea

And these carnivorous plants that are part of the insect tour station.

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Venus flytrap

4) Learning about the ecosystem

The tour allows visitors to learn about the various ecosystems. I would say the tour covers some of the science syllabus the kids learn in primary 3 and 4 and being able to see for themselves the things they read in their textbooks does make science that much more interesting. The tour would make for a great school excursion actually! Here's a map of what's actually covered in the tour.

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Photo: EcoTrail

Kids are also given an EcoTrail activity book which they can complete along the way or after the tour.

5) Friendly guides

We had 2-3 guides for our group of 20. The guides are knowledgeable and scientific facts are explained simply to young children. Here's our guide telling us about organic greenhouse farming.

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Organic farming

After our guide explained how plants grow, the kids collected some soil and seeds which they could take home.

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Collecting soil

Here we were introduced to egg incubating and the lifecycle of chickens.

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Egg incubator

At the end of the tour, we saw some of the staff playing with some cats that were adopted by the farm. They are not part of the tour but the staff were happy to tell us about the cats when we asked about them.

Bonus tips for you trip:

i) Read up on the FAQs

There's an excellent FAQ at EcoTrail's website that answers questions like the age group the tour is suitable for (age 3 and above!) and what happens if it rains (raincoats are provided for light drizzle or tour may be postponed or cancelled due to heavy rain) so I didn't bother with a "things to know" for this post. I do find their FAQs to be helpful and accurate.


But just to let you know the important stuff first, the tour costs $21 per participant - the website says this is an early bird rate but there is no indication on when this early bird rate ends - and children age 1 and above will need their own tickets. There is a capacity limit of 20 pax per tour at the time of writing.


Also, while the FAQ says the tour is for children age 3 and above, personally I find primary school-age kids would be better at appreciating and understanding the science knowledge and facts. But younger kids can still go along to see the animals and insects, which they are likely to find interesting as well.


ii) Bring repellant

I didn't see a lot of mosquitoes when there but it would still be good to slap on the repellant as advised by our guide.


iii) Book ahead

We went on this tour during the December school holiday and I noticed the slots during the school holidays were quickly taken up. After the holidays, the tour operates during weekends and public holidays from 9am-5pm. Bookings are opened up about a week in advance. So you might want to book early to secure your preferred slot. A random check on Sunday showed some of next Saturday's morning slots are already fully booked. We were there for the earliest tour at 9am. Though a little early, I believe it was probably a lot cooler at that time compared to the later timings.

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Bye EcoTrail! We had fun!

This is the last outing we had before school reopened and it's really the most memorable! What memorable places have you visited during the school holiday? Do share with us in the comment box below!


Disclaimer: We paid for our tickets, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.


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