50 Things to do before you're 11¾ at Hatfield Forest

We've come up with our top ten list of '50 Things to do before you're 11¾' at Hatfield Forest. Whatever the weather, there is always something to do. Pick up your free '50 Things' scrapbook from the shop and get a sticker each time you complete an activity.

Three children in a tree

No. 1 get to know a tree

There's no shortage of trees in the forest. Some are very old and special, so please follow our tree climbing code, which you'll find in the Discovery Room.

Mother and daughter building a den in the woods

No. 4 build a den

Venture into the coppice and you'll find plenty of sticks for den building. There are lots of example dens so either improve an existing one or build your own.

Boy walking along rocks holding a long stick

No. 12 have fun with sticks

Lay a trail with sticks and get a friend to follow it. Where will you take them?

Man and two children playing a grass trumpet

No. 25 join nature's band

With a huge grassy plain to choose your blade of grass from, you could make a grass trumpet and join nature's band!

People walking towards camera with bare feet

No. 24 go barefoot

Take off your shoes and feel the tickly grass, the bumpy roots or the squidgy mud.

Man and girl looking on cotton bag in field

No. 31 make friends with a bug

Roll over a log and see if there are any bugs living underneath. Make sure you roll the log back to keep the bugs home intact.

Girl in field looking through binoculars

No. 44 watch a bird

Head over to the bird hide (by the side of the lake opposite the cafe) and see if you can spot some of our feathered residents.

pond dipping

No. 35 discover what's in a pond

Have you ever wondered what might be lurking beneath the surface of a pond? Grab a net, head for the Decoy Lake platform and have a dip.

Family group with map

No. 45 find your way with a map

Can you find your way around the forest - there are lots of green tracks and many look the same!

Diary showing a bird spot

No. 48 keep a nature diary

What have you seen in the forest today? Keep a nature diary, so you look back later and recall a good day out