Every child should have the right to connect with nature. To go exploring, sploshing, climbing, and rolling in the outdoors, creating memories that’ll last a lifetime.
In 2012 our Natural Childhood report (pdf) brought together all the evidence, painting a bleak picture of children retreating further and further from the world outside.
We couldn’t not do something. So we did three things...
We miss nature and nature misses you
According to data from the RSPB just one British child in five is ‘connected to nature’. Time spent playing outdoors has halved in a generation. Only one in ten children regularly play in wild spaces. Getting out into nature is good for children’s physical health and mental wellbeing, but getting children back to nature is good for the planet too.
A healthy environment relies on people who care. People who spend time in natural spaces as children grow into adults who care more about environmental issues and seek out natural spaces.
We came up with a list of 50 adventures to get your kids exploring the wild on their doorstep. There are plenty of events at our places to help you (and your kids) walk, roll, bike, splash and squelch through the 50 things.
Reconnecting kids with nature
Head ranger at Gibside, Helen McDonald, told us all about their Wildlife Wednesdays.
Tom Burditt, lead ranger in South and East Cumbria, told us what they're doing to get kids enjoying the outdoors.
Parks and Gardens Manager, Nick Allison, tells us how Morden Hall Park is reconnecting kids with nature.
Tredegar house is a great place for kids to reconnect with nature.