Youth In Nature

If you’re aged 11+ and have a passion for the outdoors or are just starting out and want to know more, we’re here to help! Our focus is all about improving our local wildlife zones within communities whilst learning lots of new skills about the environment and our natural world.

We have some great activities going on to help our local environment, and to provide you with new skills, knowledge and experience. We attend different Youth Centres across the City delivering activities that include rewilding education, creative recycling art and crafts, wood work and animal habitat creations such as bird boxes bug and hedgehog hotels.

 So what kind of skills will you be learning or involved in?

Examples of some of the work we do:

Bush craft – foraging, tracking, wild food, shelter building Tools / craft – whittling, woodwork (saws, drills), making bird boxes, planters, bat boxes and creative recycling to reduce waste and create useful, repurposed items out of single use plastics.

Nature – identifying plants and animals, understanding threats to nature and creating wildlife zones.

Campaigns – help to encourage residents, developers/builders, businesses, to be wildlife friendly and protect or improve our environment.

Visits – we go near and far to learn more about the environment, widen our experiences, meet young people on other projects, and have fun!

Here are a few examples of our rewilding sessions you can get involved in!

The safe use of knives, to carve and use in a wild setting

This session covers how to handle safely, store when not in use and safe practices when carving and using a knife to make tools for Bushcrafting. The objective of the session will be to demonstrate safe knife handling, and participants will create a pot hanger made from green wood. The session involves learning about what type of tree to use, identification of trees and how to ensure that the tree is not damaged, the importance of preserving the tree and how to cut the shoots from the tree without leaving it susceptible to disease.

Shelter building with natural materials

This session explores how to use woodland ground debris to build a shelter, with discussion on the properties of a shelter and the science behind insulation and waterproof qualities that it requires. The session objective will be to gain understanding of insulation heat transfer and thermal conductivity, participants will acquire knowledge of flora and trees used in construction and finally will discuss what wildlife may use the shelter if it’s left in the woodland creating a safe living space for small animals such as hedgehogs and insects.

Food, foraging and plant identification

This session will educate about what we actually need in our diet, Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. You will learn how to test unknown plants for toxins, how to identify plants with varied properties to match the five food groups, and how to forage wild edibles in a sustainable way ensuring that plants are able to continue to propagate and flourish!

Want to get involved? Contact Les Moss at les.moss@childdynamix.co.uk or call 01482 781121

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