Children & nature

We're on a mission to reconnect a generation of children with nature and the outdoors through nature-related activities for kids

summer fun children playing at the seaside
A child explores a hollow log at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

50 things to do before you're 11¾  

Get up close and personal with nature this summer by trying '50 things to do before you're 11¾'. Whether its making friends with a bug or rolling down a big hill, there's loads to do with your family and friends.

Child building a woodland den

Re-connecting children with nature 

When children spend time playing outdoors in nature, it helps increase their wellbeing – and that of their families. It also means they’re more likely to care for the natural environment. That’s why we’ve developed ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Go wild in the woods

I am the Seed that Grew the Tree is an illustrated collection of nature poems for every day of the year

Discover the new nature poetry book 

Experience the magic of nature with 'I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree', a collection of poems inspired by nature. With illustrations on every page, the book has a poem for every day of the year, from Wordsworth’s Daffodils to The Snail’s Monologue. The perfect gift for a birthday or Christmas, children and grown-ups alike will love this unique book.

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Trevor's story

Meet Trevor, avid birdwatcher and grandad of seven. For the past 50 years Trevor has pursued a passion for birdwatching and now his two youngest grandchildren, Patrick and Noah, are following in his footsteps.

Even though they live miles apart, the family is brought closer together by a shared love of nature. As Trevor says: 'You've actually got to get out there and feel it and touch it and smell it.'

Grandparents and grandchildren by a stream

Have an adventure with your grandchildren 

Whether you're getting closer to wildlife, journeying back in time or following in the footsteps of children's authors, discover more things to do with your grandkids this year.

Ranger Gwen at work

Meet the ranger on puffin patrol 

As the puffins arrive back in the Farne Islands after a long winter at sea, we met up with ranger, Gwen Potter, to find out a bit more about them.

Things to do

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