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Come and Explore Autumn Nature with Us

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Posted: Thursday 19th October 2017 by WildBlog

By Sarah Mitchell, Communications Officer

As we get closer to the end of the year, the leaves become full of colour and light, fluttering to the soft damp ground around us. It is truly one of the most beautiful seasons and we have every reason to celebrate by spending time outside in the golden and scarlet playground that nature has become over the last month.

During our term time My Wild Child sessions for under-fives, we’ve been enjoying lots of magical autumnal activities to match the inspiring world around us. Sara Turrill, who runs our sessions with a group of dedicated volunteers, has helped the children make autumn treasure boxes, spiders out of pine cones, autumn flags, and headbands out of leaves. She’s also guided them in planting beans and winter salad seeds which they’ve taken home to grow. This week, for our last session before we break up for half term, we’re going to look for signs of autumn in the leaves and wildlife we spot in the parks.

Even though the regular My Wild Child sessions will be taking a break until the second week of November, our My Wild Child team are going to be running a Free My Wild Child Family Fun Day at the Netham Park Pavillion - alongside The Limes Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Barton Hill Family Centre and Easton Community Children’s Centre. We’ll be doing Halloween and nature crafts, bug hunting, music, storytelling, wildlife wanders and there will be some lovely wildlife goodies for everyone to take home. And we’ll be selling warm drinks and cakes from the Pavilion in the park.

There are so many outdoor activities for little ones to enjoy and so many creative ways to learn about nature while outside in a garden or at a local park this half term. So, to ensure that that everyone continues to feel inspired by the autumn, and has lots to keep busy with while out of school, our free goody packs will include nature magazines, a nature poster, leaf, nut and autumn wildlife spotter guides and activity sheets with lots of nature-focused ideas of things to do and make.

The best part about nature is that it feels magical to be immersed in, encouraging gentle learning where everyone can go at their own pace. The children at our My Wild Child sessions so naturally and happily throw themselves into the wild play and crafts that are in front of them. And their enthusiasm reveals just how special it is to take time for outdoor experiences – especially in the city.

One of our My Wild Child Dads, Doug, shares why his daughter loves being outside:

She enjoys nature and anything new outdoors. Spotting the smallest insects and bugs keeps her busy.

I think she is liberated by being outdoors as there are less restrictions and "no" moments. She can definitely explore more and be free.

To unleash your child into the urban wild this half term, join us on the 25th of October at the Netham Park Pavillion. We will be there from 10-2 rain or shine with lots of nature fun so bring a lunch and a blanket to keep warm and let’s celebrate the autumn together!

Our regular My Wild Child sessions run at The Bommie – Knowle on Wednesdays and at St George Park and Horfield Common on Thursdays. And we run a £5 session at Feed Bristol. They are starting back up on the 8th of November until the 14th of December. To find out more, visit: www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/mywildchild
 

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