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Are you bringing back the Nature Table?

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

The Country Living Nature Table Campaign

I must confess I feel strongly about this one.

As a person who teaches in the city and lives in the country, near a riverside, woodland and farmland. I am still saddened to meet Year 6 children in my school who have never been in woodland, or seen a cow! Milk comes from the supermarket (I have been told so by a bright 11 year old).

We need to get children out side and back in touch with nature. I have taken children to a village in the country, a new experience for many. From where we base ourselves we are  5 minutes walk to woodland, 10 seconds to a field and 5 minutes to the river.

The village farmer takes the children around the farm yard, to see the crops, both growing and harvested, the machinery and the animals. They are always fascinated, and talk about it for ages afterwards, it is such a positive experience for them.

Every year the trip has been a success, every year the children and parents thank me and every year I try do it again.

I have taken this from the Country Living Magazine website – join in, it is a must wherever you teach, town, city, village or rural:

Country Living Nature Table Campaign

country living nature table campaign

It’s important for children to connect with nature, which is why we’ve launched our Bring Back the Nature Table campaign. We want to see one in every primary school and for parents, grandparents and guardians to take children regularly to parks, fields and woodlands.

Can you create a winning nature table?

Country Living online 15.04.2008

While you’re out and about with your children, help them to create a winning nature table at school or to put together a nature project at home

children at nature table Country Living's nature table

The Best School Nature Table (open to primary and junior schools in the UK) will win a Nikon Fieldmicroscope Mini (worth more than £500, see www.nikon.co.uk), plus a Nikon Pocket-type Loupe magnifying glass to help the winning class study their nature finds and a bird-box webcam. Our competition is open to schools that already have a nature table or are starting a new one.

The Best Home Nature Project created by children and their parents, guardians or grandparents) will win a pair of Nikon Sportstar EX binoculars (worth more than £100) to take on nature walks, plus a family (max. six people) visit to Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Runners-up will receive a Jordans hamper. Children can be as creative as they like – their project could be a scrapbook, a collection of photographs from walks, or even an art installation!

For both categories, the judges will be looking for seasonal changes and an emphasis on native plants. (Remember to follow the Countryside Code). The winning entries will be featured in the December issue of Country Living.

How to enter

For Best School Nature Table, send photographs of the table and an explanation of no more than 200 words, along with the school/class name, address and tel no.

For Best Home Nature Project, send photographs and/or the project, along with the adult and child’s/children’s name/s, address and tel no.

Send all entries to: Nature Table Competition, Country Living, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 9EP. Closing date for entries is 1 September 2008.

Click here to find out more about the nature table campaign

Country Living

The Country Living Nature Table Campaign

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