Colne Valley Nature Explorers

“Colne Valley Nature Explorers” is for our younger followers; providing workshops, activities and learning materials. Many of these are in line with the National Curriculum and we hope they prove to be useful and fun when learning from home or taking your daily exercise. We will be updating this page often, so be sure to visit us regularly.

If you have a garden, balcony or window have a go at the FREE downloadable activity sheet below.

Have a look at our activities to help engage your children and encourage wildlife observation.

If you have a pair of binoculars then great, but not essential and why not take along a pad to jot down notes or make drawings? If you have a garden, balcony or window have a go at this FREE downloadable activity sheet Bird Watching.  Keep an eye out throughout the day and hopefully you will spot the birds on the activity sheet and possibly even ones that are not. If you are not able to leave the house, why not leave out some bird food and see what you can observe in your own garden?

Nature Workshops

The Iver Environment Centre are hosting a diverse range of Nature Workshops which you can either watch live and be interactive with or make time when it suits you to watch as a family. The sessions follow the school curriculum, providing interesting information and outdoor activities for children to explore and enjoy, with themes such as mini beasts, growing plants, the magic of tress and much more. Check their Facebook or YouTube page for updates, see links below.

Watching Bats in the Colne Valley

As the weather warms up, bats are starting to become more active. We wanted to tell you more about this fascinating group of mammals and how you can watch them from the comfort of your own home. Check our article below to learn more.

Bird watching outside your window

Our Habitats Officer Adam Bolton will talk you through some birds you may be able to see from the comfort of your own home, with some interesting facts and stories that you may not have known.

Scavenger Hunt

This is a fun idea for kids of all ages. You can keep it very simple for little ones, by helping them look out for different colours or textures in nature and for older children, challenge them to hunt for seasonal signs such as spring blossom or new leaves. Or you could ask them to see how many tiny natural objects they can find to fit inside a matchbox. Post a photo of your scavenged items on our Facebook using the hashtag #explorecolnevalley we would love to see them! For extra handwriting practice – why not label your items with the matching description before taking a photo and posting?

This activity allows children to go on a nature scavenge, collecting nature’s gifts, whilst learning about the trees they come from and the fruits they produce. If you have a garden or even if you don’t, have a go at this FREE downloadable activity sheet ‘Leafing About’.  You may not have all these trees but you might have some or maybe you have some different trees not on the sheet.  See what you can find. If you don’t have a garden, why don’t you print off the activity sheet and try tracing and colouring the leaves on the activity sheet creating a picture?

Brain Teaser – Word Search

Download our Colne Valley Park Word Search below to keep you busy at home, just click on the picture below!

One of our partners The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust have developed a fantastic wildlife journey for children to go on from the safety of home and each week they will have new ideas and inspiration to bring you closer to nature. We particularly love their downloadable nature diary, the mini best safari and their brilliant downloadable spotter sheets. Why not print off their Signs of Spring or Spring Wildflowers spotter sheet to take on your next daily exercise walk and make it far more fun? You can also use the mini beast and garden bird spotter sheet to become a real nature explorer in your own garden. They have even included wild quizzes, nature art challenges and scavenger hunts.

Who knows this could be the perfect opportunity for children to really discover nature at home or on a local walk