Here are some ideas from the CRT team on how to inspire your children's love of nature and take it to the next level.

Pressed flowers

“I used to love pressing flowers as a child (and still do!). Find some common flowers, press them, and then stick them onto a piece of card. You could ask the child to write the names of the plants too.” Ruth Moss, Wildlife Monitor for Herefordshire

Leaf art

“Leaf art is a great way to introduce children to trees and to create a lasting memory of their adventure. Challenge them to find as many different shaped leaves as they can and to work out which trees they came from. Then they can get creative making animals like the ones pictured, or other leaf art.” Gerry Turner, Education Manager 

Why not teach your children to identify which tree the leaves come from using our handy guide:Download the tree identification sheet here

Explore rockpools

“I’ve rarely seen my seven-year-old daughter as absorbed as when she was investigating a rockpool. She was enraptured as she watched for crabs, shrimp and small fish. Sometimes giving children the time and space to discover nature themselves creates the most magical moments.” Laura Hollis, Editorial Officer


“Get older kids involved in conservation work, especially with an element of excitement and danger like cutting down trees or wading in a river (under trained supervision of course). That’s how I started out in conservation, and I still enjoy it!” Dr Vince Lea, Head of Wildlife Monitoring

Look for footprints

“Every time we are out and about, we look for a bear and act out the actions to 'We’re Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. Our young daughter loves it. We also look out for footprints and try to figure out what creature made them.” Hayley Neal, Head of Development

Let us know how you and your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other children in your life get out into nature during the summer holidays, here.

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