With children spending less time outdoors now than ever before, many are disconnected from nature as a result of having fewer opportunities to freely explore and encounter the natural world.
We want every child and young person in Norfolk to develop a love of nature, to enjoy all the benefits it brings and to grow up wanting to protect it. From those first memorable mini-beast hunts, to offering practical experiences which become a catalyst for a role in nature conservation, we want to connect more children and young people with nature, create wilder spaces where they live, learn and play, and develop new and exciting opportunities to inspire the next generation to enjoy and care for wildlife.
You can help create more opportunities for Norfolk’s children and young people to connect with nature by supporting the Children and Nature Appeal with a donation.
With your support, we could:
- Work with a wider network of schools and community groups so that more children and young people can experience nature where they live, learn and play.
- Create new opportunities for children, young people and families from all backgrounds to enjoy time in nature.
- Provide more young people with the inspiration, skills and resources they need to become future nature champions.
- Ensure that young people’s voices are heard so that they can make a positive difference for Norfolk’s nature.
Recent studies by Natural England found:
80% of children agreed that being in nature made them very happy.
83% of children would like to do more to protect the environment.
85% of children spent time outdoors every or most days at school.
23% had done other activities or lessons outside that weren’t PE.
Our vision is that locality, cost, access to transport, mobility or ethnicity should not be a barrier to accessing green spaces and that all children and young people, regardless of background, can experience nature.