The Wild Challenge
Listen. Can you hear that? That’s the call of the wild!
Nature is important to our children’s health. Contact with nature has immediate benefits to health and well-being as well as giving benefits throughout a lifetime, however, research shows us that today’s children are increasingly disconnected from nature. Only 10% of children now regularly play outside in a natural setting, compared to 40% in the 1970s. Couple that with the fact that 60% of UK species have declined in the last 50 years we know that nature needs children as much as children need nature.
With this in mind we have developed a digital awards scheme Wild Challenge. The Wild Challenge is a free online scheme which incentivises children to go out, experience and connect with the natural world and take action to help save nature whenever and wherever they are. It replaces the Wildlife Action Awards.
Wild Challenge is found at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswildchallenge all you need to do is sign up. There are 24 activities to choose from, 12 in the help nature section and 12 in the experience nature section. To gain an award all you need to do is to complete 3 help nature activities and 3 experience nature activities, once you have uploaded your evidence on to our web site, we will moderate it and if approved you will have achieved your bronze award. Each child that has taken part will receive a certificate and sheet of stickers to celebrate this achievement. When you complete 6 more activities, 3 from each section you will achieve your silver award and so on until you reach gold.
The scheme has been deliberately designed to give children great opportunities in nature with the activities being closely linked to the national curriculum. Links can also be found on the Wild Challenge website to resources that support each of the activities.
A Wild Challenge award also gains Eco schools accreditation for the biodiversity module and supports work with Children’s University
So what are you waiting for? Sign up now at www.rspb.org.uk/schoolswildchallenge and start your Wild Challenge journey.
RSPB Schools Product Officer