Explore, play, learn about nature with The Wildlife Trusts...

 

Children are happier and healthier when they're closer to nature.* The Wildlife Trusts have been helping children to experience and learn about the natural world for more than 50 years. 

Love wildlife? Head outdoors and join in!

  • Check out our kids' Wildlife Watch website for wildlife activities
  • Join your local Trust's nature club for children (use our map)
  • Go to a wild event  - from going on a bear hunt to getting up close to grasshoppers, newts and running wild through woodland
  • Get your school involved in the wild world - by visiting a nature reserve, wilding-up school grounds or running a wildlife club

If you simply want nature to play a bigger part in your child's life then visit one of our family-fun reserves. We’ve got sand pits, mud kitchens, outdoor gyms and even hireable nature packs!

Watch a film below about Herefordshire Nature Trust's WildPlay scheme ►

 

 

Every Child Wild

*Evidence has been growing for a number of years pointing to the array of health and social benefits to be derived from contact with the natural world for all ages. However, results from a  YouGov poll, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts in 2015, highlight the discrepancy between what parents think is best for children and what they actually experience.

The Wildlife Trusts, who reach around half a million children each year through their junior membership and work with schools, are concerned about a loss of contact with wildlife during childhood. Despite the fundamental importance of nature to childhood the signs are that a generation of children is growing up at arm’s-length from the natural world. Children’s freedom to roam and time spent outdoors has shrunk and they have become increasingly disconnected from nature - with just one in ten ever playing in wild places.  

  • Read more about the evidence and our Every Child Wild poll here
  • Read our Every Wild Child report which has insights gathered from the poll asking parents and children about wild experiences during childhood.
  • Enjoy The Art of Getting Children Outdoors: A Practical Guide to Family Adventures, offering practical ideas for parents to inspire children to get outdoors, by Jen and Sim Benson from A Wild Year.