Second Nature offers outdoor learning and bushcraft experiences for children of all ages. Come and develop your forest, field and wilderness skills. Book a place on a bat walk. Find out how to track animals. Talk to the owls. Discover the names of trees and birds. Throw a woodland birthday party. Take part in the John Muir Awards scheme with your family, school or youth group.
It’s your world – enjoy it!
In the company of your guide and teacher, Nicky Fish, your knowledge of wildlife and awareness of the natural world will evolve every step of the way.
For all courses and bookings, including schools, contact Nicky directly on 01273 905 460 or 07906 582 624. Or complete and return the contact form today. Numbers are limited, so book early to make sure of your place.
This is the best kind of classroom. No walls, just sky and trees. From the smallest seed to the largest tree. This is a forest and a learning place.
Woodland Birthday Parties for children aged 5 to 12
Private exclusive use of large woodland site at Stanmer Park in the South Downs National Park. (Other are sites available on request.) Fire pit area/log seating, rope swing, wildlife pond, compost toilet. A lovely space for children to explore freely, play, discover and have lots of fun in a safe outdoor environment.
Den building challenge
Cooking on fire
Cost: £200 for 2 hr party / £250 for 2 1/2 hr party for up to 15 children (an additional £10 per child for 16-25)
The most stress-free chilled birthday party possible
Just to say a really big thank you for Maisie’s party.It couldn’t have been better. We all had a wonderful time.
Kersten Andlaw. Brighton
We’ve just had our twins’ birthday party with Nicky for the second year running. Both were a massive success and their friends still talked about the party a year later! Nicky is a great organiser of games and activities in a beautiful woodland setting. She really captures the children’s imaginations and they have tons of fun in the open air. This is a birthday party to remember – highly recommended.
Johnny & Paul Johnson, Brighton
Coming soon for bat & owl prowlers and bushcraft rangers
Bat & owl prowl
Stanmer Park from late April 2019
Take a gentle stroll in the early evening and discover the amazing nocturnal creatures around the Reserve. Learn to use a bat detector, hear echo location in action, identify bats and find out how to help these special mammals back home with tips for your garden. Listen and call Tawny Owls and if lucky, get up close and personal!
Price: £10 per person
To book, call Nicky directly on 07906 582624
WEATHER WARNING: This event may be rearranged if too wet.
Summer Bushcraft Rangers (children aged 6 to 11 yrs)
Stanmer Park Woods Wednesdays 12-3pm
Come along for a wide range of bushcraft and forest adventures including: fire skills, campfire cooking, den building, camouflage, animal tracking, woodland and stealth games.
Tickets in advance from Nicky on 07906 582624
NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT, ONCE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED – FOR ALL EVENTS – REFUNDS CANNOT BE GIVEN FOR CANCELLATIONS WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE EVENT.
Camp in Blackberry Woods while the kids go wild
Second Nature and the Blackberry Wood Campsite are teaming up in 2019. So you can enjoy woodland workshops and activities in the stunning South Downs National Park (near Ditchling/Plumpton) while you camp, or glamp in the magical Higgledy and Piggledy Treehouses.
Camp and take it easy while the kids join Nicky for adventures on the Wild Side. Or go as a family to learn animal tracking, woodlore techniques and get closer to nature. Activities and workshops are available from the start of Easter holiday (9th April) until late autumn.
Workshop activities include camouflage and stealth games, animals tracking, den building, fire skills, nature walks (plus Bat and Owl Prowl night walks).
For camping enquiries, contact Sharon at Blackberry Wood Campsite, by going to blackberrywood.com. For walks on the wild side, contact Nicky directly on 01273 905 460 or 07906 582 624
Take part in the John Muir Awards
Second Nature can work with your school to develop its grounds while undertaking the prestigious John Muir Award. (Activities that may also work with the Green Trees School Award and Green Flag Eco Awards.)
The John Muir Award is an environmental scheme that supports and encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places.
There are three levels of achievement:
And each level has four challenges:
DISCOVER a wild place
EXPLORE its wildness
CONSERVE it, taking personal responsibility
SHARE your experiences
Participation can be as a Family, School Group, College, youth organisation, club or outdoor centre. But participants must be able to understand why and how they are doing the activity, so it is recommended for Key Stage 2 and upwards.
The scheme offers an ideal structure to support pupils and teachers in their engagement with the National Curriculum, and is effective with children and young people who have additional support needs.
Minimum time commitments range from four days for the Discovery level to six months at the Conserver Award. But the most important aspect is to show enthusiasm and commitment with your involvement with the process. This develops a passion and enjoyment of wild places that lasts a lifetime.
John Muir was an influential conservationist who was passionate about the wild and dedicated his life to protecting wild places establishing National Parks. He believed we need to experience, enjoy and care for wild places. This message is at the heart of the John Muir Award.
It is not enough for people to be in sympathy with the plight of the natural world, but that they must become ‘active conservationists’, as campaigners, as practical project workers, as scientists, as artists, as writers.