Friday 28th October 2016

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One Million Children Outdoors

We love nature here at iChild and over the coming months we will be working with Natural England to help achieve their goal.

They aim to get One Million Children Outdoors in the next three years, letting children and families reconnect with the natural world.

We will be introducing you to fun initiatives from Natural England to help you explore the great outdoors with your little ones.

New Big Wildlife Garden website

Natural England's Big Wildlife Garden websiteTo kick off, we have news of a great new website from Natural England called the Big Wildlife Garden. Here you can find out everything you need to know to get birds, butterflies, frogs and toads migrating to your back garden. You can earn points for everything you do and track your progress towards earning Bronze, Silver, Gold and Green awards! Why not register for free at the website?

Natural England is also encouraging all schools in England, to create a Big Wildlife Garden of their very own. If you turn your school grounds into a nature zone, you can then enter the 'School Wildlife Garden of the Year competition'.

Follow this link for more information on Natural England's One Million Children outdoor programme.

Come and join Natural England going wild this summer and all year round!

Together with Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks who helped to create the fabulous seasonal fun activities for the Big Wildlife Garden, Natural England has arranged some special family fun days for you to enjoy on their national nature reserves.

Come and discover the excitement of magical woodlands, the wilderness of heaths and moors, hide-away with camoflage games or turn detective tracking beasties, sail your own handmade boats and rafts, squelch through wetlands, discover the coastline from sand castles to rockpools or get sticky with glitter and glue with our fantastic make and do's.

And it's not just during the day, discover nature by night with torchlit bug hunts and explore the hidden gems of our countryside.

These family fun days are great ways to enjoy the countryside during the school holidays too, and Natural England are also there to lend you a helping hand.

Find out about special days near you at One Million Children Outdoors and Let's go wild together!