WILD Family Nature Club outings are a lot of fun — and so easy!
Nicole Straughan, our former Urban Staff Representative in Vancouver, loves to go beach combing and tide pooling.
Hailey Renaud, our current Vancouver-area Urban Staff Representative, recommends making “nature monsters” using grass, sticks, mud, bark, and anything else you can find outside. She also suggests scavenger hunts, bug searches, and sing-a-longs as fun activities to try.
Nature is everywhere, of course, and a simple walk around the block can be a WILD Family Nature Club outing — especially if you bring your WILD Family Nature Club backpack with you. You can easily build your own backpack using items you already own and supplementing it with a few dollar store items. In fact, we recommend it!
Here are some fun staples to include:
Muffin tins are perfect for holding and sorting all the bugs, plants or rocks the kids find.
Kids can use this to get a better look at things they’re curious about outside.
Twine is a perfect tool that the group can use to make outdoor forts.
A hand shovel is a useful for digging around to explore what’s beneath the ground’s surface.
Bring the group’s indoor drawing skills outdoors — the world is their canvas!
And if you really enjoy having these adventures, you might consider signing up as a CWF WILD Family Nature Club host. Hosting events is a great way for you to build up a local support group for yourself. We’d love to have you as a volunteer!