Our Kids' Council

Following our Natural Childhood Report (pdf), which found that children in the UK were becoming disconnected with nature and the outdoors, we set about recruiting for our Kids' Council - a panel of 10 children to advise us on how we can get more of the nation's children outdoors.

Our Kids' Council, and their families, have jumped into their roles with gusto, working with us since November 2012. One of their key jobs has been to help us develop our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ campaign, making sure that it really delivers fantastic activities which help get the nation's kids outdoors and closer to nature. They've helped us develop the scrapbook and given us lots of great ideas for retail and catering products too.

The kids have tried out lots of the 50 things activities and have helped our rangers tweak the activities to make them even better.

Here you can find out more about what the kids love about nature and being outside, and maybe pick up some tips for your own outdoor adventures.

Meet the kids

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Muddy adventures

'I just love playing with mud – the stickier and muckier the better!'
- Mia McDade, aged 8

Looking for inspiration for a muddy day, then follow our Kids' Council's top tips on getting muddy. From making a mud slide and hunting for worms, to going on a muddy walk and making a mud pie - which will you try first?

Explore the outdoors

There are plenty of outdoor adventures waiting for you at our countryside places. You could blow away the cobwebs with a coastal walk, feel the wind in your hair as you cycle downhill or take to the water for a splash around.

50 things

Our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ will take you into the woods and onto the water, up huge hills and down to the beach. Learn new skills such as stone skimming or kite flying and enjoy being outdoors today.

Family days out

Our places have acres of space with fun quizzes and activities laid on for your little ones, plus family-friendly eating places and facilities for when you need a quick pit stop.

Natural Childhood

Learn more about the findings from our Natural Childhood report (pdf) and how we're working in partnership with a number of organisations to create a movement to reconnect children and nature.