Become an outdoor adventurer in 2017
Immerse your children in the great outdoors in 2017 with our handy twelve step guide to becoming an outdoor adventurer – it’s their chance to embrace nature and get to know the local wildlife.
Encourage your children to enjoy the outdoors and complete each of our 12 challenges as a family, you could have a go at one each month, or for any very enthusiastic adventurers, you could complete them over a few months!
Receive an Outdoor Adventurer certificate
We will send an Outdoor Adventurer certificate to each child that completes every challenge. To claim your certificate, send us a photo of you and your child completing each challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are our 12 challenges, good luck!
January challenge: Search for animal footprints
Wonder which animals roam in your garden at night? Check for footprints in the frost and patterns on the grass
February challenge: Take tree rubbings
Get to know the differences in trees – take a piece of paper and place it on the bark, then rub a crayon over it
March challenge: Light a fire safely
Collect twigs and branches from the garden to make a small fire in a fire proof container (with parental supervision)
April challenge: Predict the weather - Observe animals
Birds become quiet before it rains whilst cats like to clean their ears before the rain!
May challenge: Feed some wildlife
Hedgehogs have now come out of hibernation. Leave some cat food (non-fished based) and some fresh water out and see if a local hedgehog pays you a visit
June challenge: Make a daisy chain
Collect a batch of 10 daisies, make a small hole in the stem of one, then thread through another and continue until you have made a long chain then fasten each end together
July challenge: Stay in a tent in your garden overnight
Enjoy a night in the great outdoors surrounded by nature, under the stars
August challenge: Build your own den
Collect some large sticks and weave them together with string – you could even cover with large leaves
September challenge: Have a go cooking outside
After you’ve made a small fire (with supervision) melt some marshmallows on special sticks, you could even dips these into melted chocolate
October challenge: Make a dreamcatcher
Use a piece of willow and make a hoop, wrap some twine around so it looks like a spider’s web and hang some feathers off it
November challenge: Predict the weather - Check the grass for dew at sunrise
This indicates clouds or strong breezes, which can mean rain. If there’s dew, it probably won’t rain that day.
December challenge: Collect pine cones
These make wonderful Christmas decorations – you could even spray them another colour such as silver or gold
Happy New Year!