Let’s go camping – at home! You can do this in a tent on the lawn, under the stars, or sleeping out on the patio. You can even camp inside if the weather is too wet and wild. Build your own hut out of sheets and chairs.
When camping always practise Leave No Trace principles
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
Check the weather, and always be prepared for a change. Have you packed everything you need?
- Be considerate of others
Let natures sound prevail , as much as possible keep the noise down
- Travel and camp on durable ground
Watch out for plants and wildlife in your garden- do not set your tent up where you will trample flowers.
- Dispose of Waste Properly
Make sure you keep your campsite clean and do not leave rubbish behind you
Camping is a whole new world of night noises, stars and waking with the birds. Connecting with nature has positive effects on our health and wellbeing.
- Star gaze under the milky way – can you see a shooting star?
- Tell stories in the dark.
- Watch the sunset or sunrise.
- Listen to the dawn chorus – how many different birds can you hear?
Discover your nature
Sit still for 5 minutes outside. Listen carefully and try to identify the sounds of nature. Close your eyes, then make a list or draw the sounds you hear, eg
- Wind in the trees
- People noises
- Anything else?
Do this exercise at night and again in the morning. Are the sounds different?
Take a look at this short video for tips on how you can be a responsible camper. Always remeber to Leave No Trace of your camp.
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