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The art of getting children outdoors

By Jen & Sim Benson
awildyear.co.uk

We want to see Every Child Wild

Children are happier, healthier and more creative when they are connected to nature.

The Wildlife Trusts believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience wildlife first-hand, to access wild spaces nearby and have the chance to develop a connection to the natural world through school and play. We inspire thousands of children every year to love and protect wildlife through schools, nature clubs, junior membership and inspiring wild events.

We can help you inspire your children and grandchildren, too.

 

Inspire a child with your Wildlife Trust

You don't need to be a nature expert to inspire your child to love wildlife...

  • Join your Wildlife Trust as a family
    You can inspire the whole family with your Wildlife Trust - get involved with fun events and activities; enjoy our fun and educational Wildlife Watch magazine and explore beautiful nature reserves together
     
  • See our list of family friendly nature reserves
    We’ve got sand pits, mud kitchens, outdoor gyms and nature packs at many of our nature reserves to encourage young minds to explore, create and discover. Have fun and learn at our nature reserves where it’s always okay to play
     
  • Check our map of nature clubs for children and teenagers here
    The Wildlife Trusts run more than 240 regular nature clubs for children across the UK. Make new friends, have a go at new and exciting outdoor activities and learn about how you can make a difference to wildlife

 

We've been doing some research...

In a recent poll by YouGov, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts1, we found out that...

• 91% of parents think that having access to nature and wildlife is important for children in general

• 78% were concerned that children don't spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife

• 37% of children had never seen a hedgehog in the UK

Find out more by downloading our report.

 

What are we doing?

Nature Tots has provided my daughters with so much. They have more confidence, they've learnt life skills and are getting creative.
Georgie, Sussex

The Wildlife Trusts work with around half a million children every single year, inspiring children from all backgrounds to love wildlife and to value it.

Our work touches the lives of teachers, parents, grandparents and carers, helping them to make nature part of everyday life for children, and we work with a range of partners (like People's Postcode Lottery, Busy Bees, BEAR Nibbles, Brambly Hedge and more) to create truly memorable and often life-changing experiences for children.

We work in schools, nurseries and universities; with youth groups and networks; run events and activities for whole families; and have over 150,000 members in our junior branch, Wildlife Watch.

 

What's going on in your area?

scottish wildlife trust ulster wildlife northumberland wildlife trust durham wildlife trust tees valley wildlife trust cumbria wildlife trust manx wildlife trust the wildlife trust for lancashire, manchester and north merseyside yorkshire wildlife trust the wildlife trust for sheffield and rotherham north wales wildlife trust cheshire wildlife trust staffordshire wildlife trust derbyshire wildlife trust nottinghamshire wildlife trust lincolnshire wildlife trust montgomeryshire wildlife trust shropshire wildlife trust the wildlife trust for birmingahm and the black country leicestershire and rutland wildlife trust the wildlife trust for bedfordshire, cambridgeshire and northamptonshire norfolk wildlife trust suffolk wildlife trust the wildlife trust for south and west wales radnorshire wildlife trust brecknock wildlife trust gwent wildlife trust herefordshire wildlife trust worcestershire wildlife trust warwickshire wildlife trust gloucestershire wildlife trust hertfordshire and middlesex wildlife trust london wildlife trust essex wildlife trust avon wildlife trust wiltshire wildlife trust surrey wildlife trust kent wildlife trust sussex wildlife trust hampshire and isle of wight wildlife trust dorset wildlife trust somerset wildlife trust devon wildlife trust cornwall wildlife trust isles of scilly wildlife trust alderney wildlife trust berks, bucks and oxon wildlife trust Image Map

No matter where you live, there's a Wildlife Trust working to connect local people to local wildlife. Just select the area where you live to explore what they have to offer.

We've got loads of ways to help you give your family some well earned wild time together. 

Come along to a local nature club and let imaginations (and feet!) run wild

Join your Wildlife Trust as a family and discover your love of wildlife all together

Have a wild adventure together, by exploring one of our nature reserves: we have more than 2,300 across the UK, so search for one close to you.

 

Our Wildlife Watch website has tonnes of activities, games, challenges and competitions for your little ones to get involved with, too. 

 

 

 

 

1 All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,082 children. Fieldwork was undertaken between 16th - 20th October 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB children (aged 8-15). Total sample size was 4,224 adults, of which 1,070 were parents of children aged 18 or under. Fieldwork was undertaken between 16th - 20th October 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).