Have you heard of #30DaysWild? It's a fantastic challenge that The Wildlife Trusts have come up with to encourage us all to get out and enjoy nature during the month of June. Of course, getting out in nature is important at any time of the year, but June is such a glorious month here in the UK with the summer sun (usually) finally finding us and trees and flowers blooming everywhere you look, so it really couldn't be a better time to try and make the most of it each and every day.
Here at Spirit Kid Network we love getting out and about in nature (you may have noticed thanks to how many of our images are nature-based!) so we are excited to sign up and take part in the #30DaysWild challenge. But being in nature is more than just a fun activity for us, it is actually an essential part of our spirituality. We believe that it is easier than ever to experience the interconnectedness of all life when you take a moment to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living and simply stop to "smell the roses" (so to speak).
However, like so many things that we know are "good" for us, getting out in nature or doing something "wild" can sometimes feel a bit intimidating. Tim and I both struggle with chronic health conditions meaning that we are often very tired, and so sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that we cannot possibly do the things we want to do because we just do not have the energy for them. But the reality is, doing something "wild" can be as simple as growing herbs on the kitchen windowsill or putting seed in the garden for the birds, both of which we already do. And if we can do this with our limited time and energy, so can anyone!
That's not to say that big, wild adventures like hiking and foraging are out of reach for us - we can do those things too - but the reality is that for many people like us life is just too hectic to even think about these and that's where dreams of living a more "wild" life can feel impossible, because we forget about the little things that all add up to one big "wild life". Which is why I thought I would write a list of 30 easy, fun, and wild activities that you can do alone or with your family, as part of #30DaysWild.
In order to make this as easy as possible, I've decided to also include some links below to help you with some of these activities. I do hope they help and you enjoy trying out new things as much as we do. Let us know how you get on, won't you!
Find out more about Open Farm Sunday and plan your visit for 5th June!
Use The RSPB's Bird Guide to help you identify any birds you spot.
Check out The National Trust's mind-boggling facts about stargazing for kids.
Learn about foraging for foods with this great beginners' guide by Grow Wild.