Children And Nature

Helping connect the youngest children with the natural world

A young child and his mother enjoying bluebells in spring is a rarer sight than we might think. ‘Bluebell’ is in fact one of the nature words removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary over the past ten years, along with acorn,conker, kingfisher and others.

Dictionaries reflect language as it is used, and these missing words are just one indicator of the extent to which children have become disconnected from the natural world over the last 40 years.

This lack of connection is a critical concern. Children need nature. They are more confident, physically and mentally healthier, more able to deal with stressful situations, and have increased selfesteem when they have regular engagement with the outdoors and nature (Natural Childhood 2012).

Our Children And Nature fund will introduce children of all ages to the wonders of the natural world around them through education, activities and inspiration.

To support our Children And Nature fund you can donate here

The Children And Nature Fund is specifically dedicated to enabling children to learn about and experience the natural world, which is something that has become increasingly alien to them. I would invite you to make a contribution to this fund and help connect future generations with the wildlife that surrounds them.

- NWT Vice President, John Snape

A Sure start for Nature - the first CAN project

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has received a grant of £7,770 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme for its new Children And Nature Project, working with the under-fives at Sure Start centres in Great Yarmouth, Thetford and North Norfolk.

With this one-year pilot project, NWT will introduce children to nature at the start of their lives. The Trust will be working in partnership with Sure Start Children’s Centres in Great Yarmouth, Thetford and North Norfolk, piloting indoor and outdoor nature-focused activities such as monthly interactive sessions, sensory play, nature-themed walks, and improving the centres’ grounds for wildlife.

The project will also work with new parents and carers, who can similarly benefit from being outdoors and in nature.

Join us at your local Sure Start centre

We’ll be improving the Sure Start Centres' grounds as a home for wildlife and for children to explore! Inside the centre we’ll create some sensory fun that will change with the seasons.

In the children's sessions we will explore wildlife. Each month we’ll introduce your child to a new Norfolk species.

For adults, come along for a walk around your local area, starting and ending at the Sure Start Centre. We’ll be looking at nature on your doorstep, naming the trees you pass every day and looking for birds and other wildlife.

Village Green Sure Start Centre, Great Yarmouth

Children’s monthly sessions: 9 – 10.30am, every third Thursday of the month
Adult’s monthly sessions: 1.30 – 2pm, every third Thursday of the month
Plus special trips: We are also hoping to visit West Runton in August, and NWT Hickling Broad in the new year!

Sure Start Thetford Children’s centre

Children’s monthly sessions: 9.30 - 10.45am on the first Thursday of the month
Adult’s monthly sessions: 11am – 12 noon on the first Thursday of the month
Plus special trips: We are also hoping to visit NWT Weeting Heath!

Corpusty & Holt Children’s Centre

Children’s monthly sessions: details tbc
These fun sessions will take place at our visitor centre at NWT Cley Marshes, you’ll be able to get a bus there and back from the Children’s Centre.

Adult’s monthly sessions: details tbc