Exploring the reserve. Photo by Leila Balin (rspb-images.com)

Many of us recognise that we feel happier and more relaxed when we’re out in nature – whether that’s at a nature reserve, a park or a garden. This innate feeling is recognised in scientific research that shows access to natural space positively affects our wellbeing.

Connection with nature offers such clear benefits, which can become a part of our lives from a young age if we have access to natural spaces and are encouraged to explore them. This is why we have been running Nature Tots sessions for young children and their families for several years now at Strumpshaw Fen, and we have an exciting schedule of activities planned for this term!


Bug hunting in the meadows. Photo by Fabian Harrison (rspb-images.com)

Nature Tots is the perfect opportunity for families to spend quality time together and create those important early connections to nature. The sessions are for families with children aged between 2 ½ and 5 years old. You’ll be guided by our brilliant events volunteers to enjoy stories, crafts and activities that encourage you to use your senses to explore nature together! Each session will focus on a different theme, such as bug hunting, nest building, treasure hunts, listening, playing and seasonal nature spotting.


Finding natural treasures. Photo by Leila Balin (rspb-images.com)

This term, Nature Tots sessions will run from 10.30 am - 12 noon on the following dates: 28th April, 12th & 26th May, 9th & 23rd June, 7th & 21st July.

Each session costs £7 per child (siblings £5), plus reserve entry fees. For RSPB members the cost is £5.60 per session (siblings £4). Pre-walkers can join in for free. Booking is essential.

See our website for more details about reserve entry fees, facilities and accessibility.

Visit the Nature Tots event page to book tickets.