Explore, play, learn about nature with The Wildlife Trusts...
Helping children to experience and learn about nature has been at the heart of what we do for more than 50 years.
Every year thousands of schools visit Wildlife Trust nature reserves and visitor centres - and Trusts also deliver outreach programmes that engage tens of thousands of children in classrooms up and down the country. We run pioneering schemes like WildPlay, Forest Schools and NatureTots, getting children and families in the great outdoors and helping to kindle an early interest in nature. We're involved in a number of national initiatives to reconnect children with nature such the Cub's Naturalist badge which we coordinate together with the Natural History Museum and the National Trust, and the Wild Network - a new coalition of groups committed to reconnecting children with nature and promoting Project Wild Thing.
The Wildlife Trusts have a junior branch - Wildlife Watch - which has more than 150,000 members. If you care about nature and the environment and want to explore your local wildlife – this is the club for you! To join get in touch with your local Wildlife Trust (use our map to find your Trust).
Family events are a great way join in and have fun outdoors - choose one from the thousands on offer with Trusts across the UK, from going on a bear hunt to getting up close to grasshoppers, newts and running wild through woodland! To see a list of events go to: wildlifetrusts.org/whats-on or visit your local Trust website. Many Trusts also run regular nature clubs for children and families. Use our map to find your nearest Trust then contact them directly to find out what children's clubs take place near you! 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 ►