This time last year, I was in a rut — a big, deep rut that as much as I scrambled and tried to claw together the energy to get out of, I just couldn’t. I’d been back at work for just over a year after having my daughter Maude and I just hadn’t settled back in.

I didn’t get it. I loved the company I worked for, a sustainable travel company but after having Maude, I’d had to return to a different and lower skilled role than I’d started at the company as. I began my journey in marketing and…

Go Wild was founded by Jackie Roby in 2010, a qualified teacher and Forest School leader, who wanted to use her passion for learning in the outdoors to engage and inspire both children and adults. The Go Wild team run Wild Campouts, Gourmet Glamping retreats, Accredited Forest School Training and Wild Women, a project designed to build confidence for women in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse.

Jackie has teamed up with us to share her top 5 tips for enjoying the outdoors with children.

  1. Keep it simple

I recently caught up with Martha Rose, an Education Officer and Forest School Leader for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, a local conservation charity. Their mission is to protect and enhance the wildlife and wild places in our county and to engage people with nature.

Martha’s role is to manage the Trust’s Wild Forest School Project. She filled me in on forest schooling in general; what it’s all about, why outdoor learning is so important for children and what the Wildlife Trust provide for kids in the Leicestershire area. She also shares some tips on how to get stuck in…

Welcome to our new weekly feature — our outdoor hacks — ways to get kids outdoors when the chips are down; you’re just having “one of those” days, are time-poor or cant afford a big day out. Let’s face it, at this time of year, the autumn chill is creeping in, the nights are drawing close and sometimes, you just want to have a duvet day in front of the TV.

But getting that nature fix doesn’t have to be about grand gestures and spending money, it can be as simple as stepping out into the garden. Although we love…

Our tree of honour

Recently, we held our Woodland Trust ‘Invite A Tree to Tea’ party in Coalville Park and we had a blast! Leaf-shaped shortbread and savoury muffins in hand, we popped along with our money box and carefully prepared props and raised some money for the charity. Did you know that it costs £10 for The Woodland Trust to maintain just 3m of woodland path?

To try and engage the kids with as much as possible I wanted to do a few nature-based activities in between the cake-scoffing. So we got busy in the days before and it was so worth it…

Welcome to Wild Kids Leicestershire, home of muddy inspiration and nature-based fun for kids in the East Midlands! Want to know more about who we are and what we’re about? You’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out all you need to know…

Wild Kids Leicestershire

Posts by Michaela Parker. Getting kids outdoors and connected with nature in Leicestershire and beyond!

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