Nature provides each and every one of us with many essential services that are crucial to the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. However, these services might not always be apparent to us in our daily lives. As our world faces mounting challenges, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity, it’s crucially important that the next generation feels connected with nature and all it provides us.
One of the ways to foster this connection is through our schools. An example of this can be seen at Ashley CoE Primary School, where Headteacher Richard Dunne has incorporated the principles of nature into everyday learning. By doing so, he has been able to deepen the childrens’ understanding of the kind of practices that are needed for us to reach a more sustainable future.
With nine out ten of parents agreeing that having access to nature is important for children, families also need to be empowered to ensure that children regularly have access to nature. As part of their campaign to make “every child wild”, the Wildlife Trusts have released The Art of Getting Children Outdoors, a practical guide for creating memorable adventures in the great outdoors.
Aimed at families, it provides helpful information and ideas about how to make the most of nature – from planning activities, to setting goals and being prepared for fraying tempers! The guide is particularly useful for those who may not have spent much time outdoors previously, as it contains advice on how to start small before you gradually build up to that overnight camping trip! It also includes where to find exciting locations near you, from ancient woodlands to nature reserves.
Visit www.wildlifetrusts.org/everychildwild to find out more about the initiative.
Photograph: Visit Exmoor
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