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 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.

Download the app

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

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 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.

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.

A beginner's guide to fossil hunting

50 Things: Fossil hunting

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

Top tips for birdwatching

Discover the vast array of wildlife on Derrymacrow © National Trust

Our nature and wildlife expert Matthew Oates gives us his top tips for birdwatching.

How to go bug hunting

What kind of creature is this? © National Trust

Find out how to track down bugs with these video tips from one of our Elite Rangers.

Ten hill-climbing adventures

Surprise View at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire © Kimberley S, from our Special Places app

It's not just about the view from the top, it’s the adventures you have on the way.

Top ten places to go geocaching

Join the digital treasure hunt © John Millar

Geocaching is a great way to combine technology with a good old fashioned treasure hunt.

Climb a tree

Climbing a tree in summer © John Millar

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

No.38 Bring up a butterfly

Watch a creepy-crawly transform before your very eyes as you bring up your own butterfly. We've got some great spots for finding caterpillars. But we've also got some tips for spotting butterflies, if you can't stand the wait.

No.29 Explore inside a cave

Take your outdoor adventures to the next level as you explore inside one of our curious caves. They make a great place for discovery as you test out the echo and look out for bats lurking in the corners.

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.