Woodland Trust

Nature DetectivesNature's Calendar

Zing into spring with fresh ideas for outdoor play from nature detectives, run by the Woodland Trust

150 FREE activities for the summer!

Tons of ideas for your family's summer holidays,
outdoors and in, whatever the weather.

Your challenge: do at least one activity from each category to get your certificate


   bug hunts, leaf and flower ID
   sheets, iDials and quizzes...



   outdoor idea booklets, printable
   cards + online games...


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   treasure hunts, scavenger
   hunts + collecting bags...



   puppets, masks, crowns,
   feeders, feely box...


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   wildlife colouring sheets,
   natural paints and inks...



   stories, poems, cartoons,
   postcard, activity booklets...


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   picnic recipes - snacks,
   cakes, lollies...



   top tips and ideas for
   taking photos...


Make a memory book

Print this summer memory booklet and fill it with photos, stories and keepsakes to remember your adventures.

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Find a wood to play in

Woods are brilliant for wild adventures in the summer holidays - trees to climb, places to hide, mud to squish in and wildlife to spot!

Use the VisitWoods website and search by postcode to find a wood to explore - there are thousands across the UK.

You can also rate woods you've visited, read reviews and share your photos and avdentures. 

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Get your certificate

If you've done one activity from each category, get a Big Summer Challenge certificate: 

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Like these ideas? Join our CLUB

Get fresh ideas all year-round when your family, school or group joins our nature detectives CLUB

nature detectives CLUB activities

Get a badger investigation activity, twilight trek spotter sheet, animal fact sheet, autumn puzzles, badger poster and nature stickers! Plus:

  • seasonal activity packs in the post
  • nature challenges every week
  • giant woodland wall chart
  • year's supply of challenge stickers

It's ideal for families who like getting outdoors, with options for teachers and group leaders too :O)

And it's great value, from just £12 for a whole year of fun!

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