In the School Holidays for the past two years we have run an ‘Adventure Club.’ This is open to people of all ages (adults, families and children alike! ) to take part in a wide range of activities, games and crafts at Corehead Farm.
The aim of these sessions are to use a diverse range of activities to help people connect with and learn about our natural world. Its about looking at the details in nature, helping notice what is around us and inspiring each other to take part in actions which conserve and restore it. This can be through art and craft, wildlife surveys, bush craft, survival skills and nature games.
This October half term, we ran two sessions:
The first was all about hibernation and winter survival. We looked for hidden clues in the forest to discover how our different mammals adapt to the winter. We discovered Badgers, squirrels and mice aren’t true hibernators, where as hedgehogs and bats are – dropping their body temperature and heart rate considerably.
We talked about different adaptations creatures have from the downy under feathers of small birds, to the cosy drays of squirrels. We then had a go at building our own dens… to house a hot water bottle….the challenge to see many degrees its temperature would drop in different dens! Who could keep it the warmest!?
|The winning Den!|
We then talked about the importance of fire for human survival in winter. lit our own fire and drank hot apple juice!
The second was more crafty, celebrating the turning off the seasons, by making leaf candle holders, and telling stories round a camp fire in the woods.
If you’d like to be updated of future Adventure club sessions in 2017 please email
Corehead@bordersforesttrust.org to be added to our mailing list.
Site and Community Officer
Originally posted at bordersforesttrust.blogspot.co.uk/