In this follow-up to Forest School Adventure (2018), British bushcraft experts and educators Walmsley and Westall offer a wealth of ideas for helping children who live in towns and cities connect with nature.
The book is filled with information and activities designed to guide children ages 5 to 11 in exploring and learning about nature in their urban surroundings. Activities include creating honeybee water stations, bird feeders and track traps for identifying wildlife in back yards and parks, as well as cloud spotting, bug viewing, and identifying plants and trees in the neighborhood. A chapter on home-based crafts shows kids how to grow plants in old boots and in pant-leg pouches, and make stick boats, natural seed balls and more.
The authors include a section on recipes for foods, such as dandelion cookies and blackberry chutney, made with ingredients gathered from nature. They also explain how to make salves using plant-infused oils. The lively, informative text is interspersed with stories of real-life encounters with urban nature and supplemented with color photos and drawings.
An engaging guide to inspire urban-dwelling youngsters (and their adult helpers) to get outdoors and enjoy learning about nature.
Softcover, 8 1/2" × 10", 159 pages, 2020.