Get involved with a wildlife charity! We’ve put a list together specially with kids in mind.
Our list has information about each charity along with the things you can expect to find on their website. Each website has lots of craft ideas, DIY projects, family friendly places to visit, events and resources for schools.
Born Free work globally aiming to ensure that all wild animals are treated with compassion and respect. They aim to preserve and protect wildlife in its natural habitat. They want to find solutions so that humans and wildlife can co-exist peacefully.
On the website you’ll find teaching resources for key stage 2 and 3 (which could also be used at home). Kids can also sign up to the ‘Wild Crew Kids Club’. This is a free newsletter all about wildlife conservation.
Hedgehog numbers have declined by a third in the last 20 years. Hedgehog Street’s aim is to make sure the UK’s only spiny mammal remains a familiar part of British life.
Their website is full of activities your kids can do to make your garden hedgehog friendly. Find out how to encourage hedgehogs into your garden and build a hedgehog house. You can even register on the site to become a Hedgehog Champion!
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Their aim is to conserve birds and wildlife by creating bigger, better, more joined-up habitats. They are one of the biggest conservation charities in the UK. By 2030 they aim to dramatically increase the amount of land they manage and own.
Visit their website to find a list of their UK reserves. There is a list of family friendly ones to visit. You’ll also find a ‘Fun and Learning’ section with fun facts, games and activities, kids stories and competitions.
The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust protect and champion woodlands and give nature a chance to thrive by joining up habitats to create corridors for wildlife.
Visit their website to find information on spotting wildlife, identifying trees and a postcode search to find woodlands local to you.
If you’d like to join them they have a specific kids membership with activity packs containing all sorts of fun ideas, regular updates and family friendly events.
The Wild Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts The Wildlife Trusts work to save wildlife, wild places and increase people’s awareness and understanding of the natural world. Their website has lots of ideas to try out at home. Learn how to build a bee hotel, grow a wildflower patch and compost your waste. There a section specially for schools.
The WWF’s aim is to restore thriving habitats and species by tackling the root causes behind nature’s decline – food systems and climate change.
Their aim is to make it politically, socially and economically unacceptable to degrade our planet’s precious natural resources.
A large section of resources on their website is specially for schools. You’ll also find activities for kids to do at home in the ‘Get Involved’ section. You can also become a member and adopt an animal.