30 Days Wild
As a family, we are big fans of the outdoors.
We love to explore new places, learn about our natural environment and see the boys appreciate the wonder of the natural world. Next month we are taking part in #30DaysWild, an initiative by The Wildlife Trusts designed to encourage families to get out and about more and to incorporate nature into their lives.
The aim of #30DaysWild is to do a little something each day involving nature in some way. If you sign up to take part you will receive a #30DaysWild inspirational pack, containing Random Acts of Wildness cards – bitesize bits of wild inspiration, a beautiful badge and funky stickers to accompany a gorgeous wallchart.
We’ve had a fair few wild adventures over the last couple of years. From our canoe safari at Martin Mere to our backpacking adventure on the Jurassic Coast, the boys are no strangers to a bit of mud and a creepy crawly or two. We’ve even invited a variety of critters round to our house to study habitats with our Interplay reviews. But all that experience doesn’t mean we’re experts – far from it. There is always something new to learn about the natural world and so I really want the boys to come to the end of June and be able to say they really gained knowledge, increased their enthusiasm and were inspired to do more in, and for, nature.
We’ve jotted down our 30 ideas for our #30DaysWild and although they’re subject to change I think we’ve got a great starting point. This is what we’ve got:
- Bat Walk
- Hedgehog Day
- Tree rubbings & species comparison
- Nature Bingo
- Write a newspaper article about an endangered species
- Look at the life cycle of a frog
- Read about and find different British habitats
- Go foraging
- Take a walk in woods we haven’t visited before
- Cloud watching and identification
- Walk on the beach
- Learn about bees
- Feed squirrels
- Write a nature inspired poem
- Visit an open garden
- Learn some bushcraft skills
- Sleep under the stars
- Make a daisy chain
- Skim pebbles
- Watch a wild webcam
- Visit a wildlife rescue centre
- Go pond dipping
- Make nature paint brushes and paintings
- Go wild flower spotting
- Take an early morning stroll
- Go geocaching in the woods
- Make nature stones
- Make a simple bird feeder
- Set up a bug hotel
- Grow something
I’m sure other opportunities will present themselves as we work our way through this list but we certainly have enough to go at for now!