Children are losing contact with nature. FACT, proven by a number of different studies.
This comes at a time when our knowledge of nature and awareness of it through concepts such as global warming is growing. Show any child a picture of a tiger, polar bear, giraffe etc. and they will be able to name the animal, tell you what they eat, describe the habitat that they live in, but children are losing the awareness of the animals and nature that are on their own back doorstep and the awe that they should hold.
The Hands on with Nature program is designed to get children excited about the animals that they share their back gardens, school fields and other local environments with.
Children will start off on safari, catching and collecting different mini beasts from a range of different habitats including ponds, wetlands, trees, bushes and under rocks as well as looking for signs of the larger animals e.g. footprints and droppings. Children will be supported by staff as well as a range of identification keys.
Once children have discovered what is around them they will begin to look at them closely, draw them and compare them to see how they have become adapted to make the most of their surroundings.
Children will also begin to learn how the different animals are dependent on each other through food chains and they will also discover practical ideas that they can take back home or to school to further support these animals.