Show nature you care by getting outside and involved. Whether you want to fly a kite or explore a cave, we've a list of 50 things to do with your family this summer 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 - this summer'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.

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.

What's on this week

We've hundreds of adventurous ideas for all the family to enjoy, including rolling down hills, bike rides and even snail racing. Search our events listing for the best 50 things events this summer holiday or take a look at our top 10 of the best 50 things events.

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.

No.5 Try skimming stones

Get some top tips from one of our rangers on the best way to skim stones, then off you go and find some water to do it on. The challenge is on...who can beat five?

No.29 Explore inside a cave

Some of these caves are so well hidden that you have to walk through waterfalls to get to them. Others only appear at low tide and one cave in Yorkshire is said to be the home to a fairy queen.

No.38 Bring up a butterfly

To complete number 38 you will first need to find a caterpillar. You can usually find caterpillars in wild gardens and meadows. Here are some of our favourite caterpillar-hunting grounds.

Climb a tree

Climbing a tree in summer © John Millar

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

A beginner's guide to fossil hunting

Climbing a tree in summer © Alexandra Bosly/National Trust

The best places for fossil hunting and advice to help you get going.

Fun things to do with a humble stick

50 things - make a mud pie just about anywhere © Emma Williams

It’s arguably the best toy known to man. No, we’re not talking about the latest gadget. We’re talking about sticks.

The best barefoot walks for kids

Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland © John Millar

We like walking in mud, on beaches and over rocks at the seaside. Walking in streams and the sea is great fun too.

Reconnecting our children with nature

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 more and more 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.