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Nature is where children make some of their best memories
Great childhood memories often relate to fun moments in nature, enjoyed with loved ones. In a digital-heavy age, we’re on a mission to reduce screen time and bring back ‘old-fashioned’ childhood activities like climbing trees, making daisy chains, building dens and going on outdoor adventures. We want to create outdoor fun and laughter that children will remember, even when they’re grown up!
Nature makes us happy and gives our health a boost
Evidence shows that where children have plenty of access to nature, their levels of physical and mental wellbeing are likely to be better. Nature encourages physical fitness in children through activities like running, digging and climbing. It’s also been found that being around trees and immersed in nature can improve your levels of happiness!
It encourages respect for the planet
We want Chilterns Children to love where they live! If they fall in love with their local countryside, this is the first step towards caring for the environment on a larger scale. No one will protect what they don’t care about. And no one will care about what they haven’t experienced. So let’s get them loving local nature first!
Nature makes us nicer
Research shows that being close to nature is likely to make us more caring, community-oriented, and generous. Nature has a way of helping us to place high value on relationships and connectedness and being outdoors can also enhance peer-to-peer relationships between children.
It improves learning
Even just a short walk outside can help to improve concentration, creativity and self-confidence in children. When they’re outside and exploring the environment around them firsthand, they’ll also be learning about the natural world in the most engaging way possible by experiencing it for themselves!
Give the kids enough Vitamin N to last
a whole year with a Junior Ranger Membership!
Vitamin N Events
We’ve organised a series of exciting events across the Chilterns designed to get children and their families outdoors and enjoying the nature around them. Anyone can book tickets, but Junior Rangers can attend their first two Vitamin N events for free as part of their membership!
Join us for a fantastic craft making and enchanting storytelling session. Find out about some of the amazing animals that live in the Chiltern Hills and turn yourself into a badger, fox, hare or mouse by making a marvellous mask to take home with you. This is being led by Jane Lambourne of Wassledine. Equipment...Learn more
Do you want to help the birds in your garden, if so why not build them a bird box they can call home? Join us at Whiteleaf Hill Nature Reserve near Princes Risborough to make your own bird box and willow bird feeder for your garden. A great way to help birds is to put...Learn more
Explore the woods in winter! Build a den with branches and leaves, gather sticks for the campfire and toast a few tasty treats! Join David Willis to learn what makes woodlands so wonderful, get outdoors with your children, wrap up warm in scruffy clothes and enjoy some fun together in the woods this winter. This...Learn more
Meet in the Rye car park, off Bassetsbury Lane in High Wycombe for a morning dipping for creatures of the deep at Chiltern Rangers’ Funges Meadow Nature Reserve which is not usually open to the public. You will also be looking for minibeasts amongst the grass and flowers in this beautiful little Oasis and will...Learn more
Join us for a morning of outdoor family fun where you’ll be immersed in nature at our ancient woodland site, Captain’s Wood near Chesham. You will find out all about nesting birds and build a giant nest in the woods. You will also discover how hard our feathered friends must work to make their own...Learn more
Get creative with nature at Whiteleaf Cross Nature Reserve where we'll be making wildflower seed bombs to disperse in your garden to provide some beautiful nectar rich flowers for all of the bees and insects that visit. You'll also be building your own bug hotel to take home to also give them somewhere safe to...Learn more
Join us at our famous ancient woodland, Bottom Wood, with renowned children’s storyteller Jane Lambourne. The event will begin with a nature-based scavenger hunt around the woodland before finally settling down to hear Jane’s very own tales from the trees, folk tales and animal stories. This will finish with a picnic lunch (please bring this...Learn more
Have fun in the woods, learning about campfires, baking bread, shelter building and other such bushcraft activity that will help connect your family more closely with nature. Led by David Willis, this woodland experience is aimed at families with younger children (there is no minimum age). The kettle will be simmering on the campfire, so...Learn more
Bring the children and join us at Brush Hill Nature Reserve on a 'Wildlife Treasure Hunt' looking for signs of the creatures, plants and fungi that live in this special ancient woodland. We will also be making clay animals or using natural materials gathered along our walk. This is being run by Jools Hopton from...Learn more
Join us at Whiteleaf Hill at our Stone Age Hunters Camp for a day of prehistoric fun-filled activities. Come and meet our Stone Age residents and learn about their lives as you assist them with their daily activities of grinding flour, making butter, building fires and making pots. There will also be a feasting ceremony...Learn more
If you have never seen glow worms before, come and witness this magical display of nature's very own fairy lights with expert John Tyler. This event is also taking place on 11th July 2020. Junior Ranger Members can attend two Vitamin N events free of charge. For more details about our Junior Ranger Membership,...Learn more
If you have never seen glow worms before, come and witness this magical display of nature's very own fairy lights with expert John Tyler. This event is also taking place on 20th June 2020. Junior Ranger Members can attend two Vitamin N events free of charge. For more details about our Junior Ranger Membership,...Learn more