Show nature you care by getting outside and involved. Fly a kite or explore a cave, we've a list of 50 things to do with your family that are sure to make nature happy.

Get closer to nature

Does it feel like ages since you explored the great outdoors?

Well guess what, the feeling's mutual. Nature misses you. But don't despair - now's the perfect time to do something about it.

We've put together a list of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' along with some great places to do them. We want to encourage kids to get mucky, discover their wild side and get closer to nature.

Download the app

Complete your adventures with our companion app, helping little explorers to tick off their 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Available on iOS from App Store, and Android from Playstore.

Find an event

We've hundreds of adventurous ideas for all the family to enjoy, including apple days, bike rides and even snail racing. Search our events listing for the best 50 things events at places and spaces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A natural childhood?

Back in 2012 we published the Natural Childhood report (pdf). The report brought together a mountain of evidence to show that children in the UK are becoming disconnected from the outdoors. 50 things is just one of the things we are doing to try to reconnect children with nature and the outdoors.

Why sign up?

You'll get some great ideas and top tips for 50 activities for you and your kids to do outdoors and closer to nature.

Your children can track their progress, earn badges, certificates and collect secret rewards on the way. And spend quality time with you too.

No.21 Pick blackberries

Come blackberry picking in the woods © NTPL/John Millar

It won’t be long until everyone’s fingers and lips are dyed purple. Tasty.

No.10 Play conkers

Get stuck in on the Welly Walk at Packwood House, Warwickshire © NTPL/National Trust

Here are a few fantastic places to find killer conkers and top tips for winning.

No.1 Climb a tree

Climbing a tree in summer © NTPL/John Millar

Discover our top places to scale nature's climbing frames.

No.49 Find a geocache

Join the digital treasure hunt © NTPL/John Millar

A great way to combine technology with a good old-fashioned treasure hunt.

No.9 Eat an apple straight from a tree

A tempting apple crumble © NTPL/David Lewing

Pick and taste apples straight from the orchard at loads of our places this autumn.

No.24 Go on a barefoot walk

Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland © NTPL/John Millar

Here are some great places to feel the mud, sand or water between your toes.

No.11 Go on a really long bike ride

What could be better than setting off to explore the countryside on two wheels? Our estates are perfect for little legs to pedal around. Or try cycling from your home, then stop off at our tea-rooms or bring a picnic, then cycle back again.

No.34 Track wild animals

The countryside is home to a lot of animals from the tiny water voles and robins to wild ponies and peregrine falcons. Here are some of our friendlier (and cuter) native animals, with advice from our rangers on how and where you can find them.  Or watch our video on YouTube for hints and tips.

Where to go?

Find a place near you on our activity map to complete your adventures. We know the perfect places for jumping waves or the best places to make a daisy chain. Start ticking them off, earning rewards and unlocking secret challenges along the way.