Environmental education, Bushcraft sessions, Forest School – whatever name you give it, getting back to nature and learning some basic survival skills has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Even Prince Harry’s at it! During a recent visit to the Wilderness Foundation in Chatham Green, the Prince got involved with children, as part of the Chatham Green Project, building shelters and learning basic survival skills.
It’s well documented that our children spend more time than ever indoors, holed up with their phone, tablet or games console. Organisations such as the Forestry Commission, the RSPB as well as commercial businesses have all completed surveys which indicate that the current generation of children is disconnected from nature.
The Benefits of Getting Back to Nature
We all know that getting outdoors makes us feel better physically and mentally, but there are other benefits too, particularly for children and families. The outdoors provides children with the opportunity to connect with and better understand the environment around them. Spending time together without the distraction of the TV, tablets, and phones give families the time to talk to each other and really understand what’s going on in each other’s lives. Time spent outdoors generally involves some physical activity too, and as The World Health Organisation (WHO) views childhood obesity as one of the most serious health problems that will face us in the 21st century, it’s a great idea to encourage our children to get more activity.
Things to Try
You don’t need to plan a huge expedition to get out more and connect with nature – simply walking to or from school is a great way to spot local wildlife, whether you live in the country or in a city. If you want to attempt something more challenging, lots of organizations and venues now run Forest Schools and Bushcraft Sessions where professionals are on hand to lead the activities.
Whether you’re planning your own survival skills trip as a family or sending your children to a Bushcraft session you may need to buy some basic equipment and an online bushcraft store such as angloforro.co.uk should have everything you will need.
So, whether it’s a walk in the woods or along a river, a camping trip or bushcraft session, take the time to get out and about together and enjoy nature and each other.