Summer of Nature By sharing your passion for the countryside with the children in your life, you could inspire the next generation of friends of the countryside. Here, CRT team members share their ideas for getting children out enjoying nature this summer. “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 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 Download the tree identification sheet here “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 “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. An exclusive article featured in The Lark. If you enjoyed reading this article and want to read more become a Friend today and receive The Lark three times a year.