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Helping Children To Explore & Learn In The Natural Environment

July 26, 2012

Children Exploring the natural environment

Above children exploring the natural environment at Clumber Park.

We hear about Nature Deficit Disorder & plenty of evidence exists to endorse the physical and mental health benefits of nature. Parents have told Dawn Chorus that they want healthy, outdoor activity for younger children, to help the children to learn about nature.
Children learn early & form links, this is true of their relationship to nature. Research shows that youngsters who re introduced to a site early in life will usually, if possible return to the place, maintaining the relationship, children can become “site buddies” and contribute to conservation volunteering.


Above: family activities.

Since 1985 we have developed a range of educational resources & learning opportunities for children on a range of issues: animal welfare, wellbeing, the arts, cultural and natural heritage often helping parents, toddlers and pre-school children to explore nature together.

We constantly update & expand our learning resources for Key Stages: 1, 2 & 3.

We recently helped with shelter building and story telling activities for preschool children, brewing up hot chocolate, hammering with wooden mallets, tying ropes, telling stories, practicing communication and teamwork skills and getting lots of fresh air.


Above: colour and texture in nature.

Learning mechanisms used in our programmes:
• Through improving learning pathways & people’s learning experience.
• Through engagement & involvement.
• Through distribution & sales of resources.
• Through inspiring people (for example, to get involved with food growing).
• Through skills sessions.
• Through engaging teachers & educators.


Children learn about art in the landscape, as above.

Our Board of Directors has unprecedented experience in the following areas; we strive to embed them into our programme delivery:

Skills for employability.

Student business planning sessions.

Wider key skills and basic skills.

Outdoor and forest school learning.

Arts education and creative and heritage learning.

National Open College Network credits towards full qualifications


“What is this?” Child’s found object, family walking session April 2013.

Children on DCEI CIC activities seem to value the same natural features as do wildlife. By protecting such areas for biodiversity in a wild state, are we not ensuring space in which our children can exercise through physically play, a place to develop social skills and mental agility?



Wild places can sustain psychological resiliance and wellbeing.

We believe that children & young people are the most important resource in our society & we strive to enable them to make a positive contribution.

“Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.” –  Barack Obama

Children taking part in Earth Day action and learning about responsibilities and sustainability.


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