Wild Explorers is a FREE project for lower income families in Taunton, especially the Halcon, Lambrook and Lane and Priorswood areas. This is thanks to funding from Somerset Community Foundation & the Early Help Fund.
We want to work with families who feel ready for some change. To get outside more, to get healthier, to find ways to get through life ups and downs. To give space to your children and to yourself so that you can grow together. And all outdoors.
Is that you?
In the pandemic, more people have learned that being in nature is a good thing. Playing outside is really healthy for kids and can help parents to relax! Especially if you can feel safe and are with people who know about the outdoors and can guide you. We are also good at making tea and coffee, cooking on the campfire and making stuff.
We're also used to working with families who may be going through difficulties or stressful times, so we have ideas and techniques for calming, relaxing and listening. We don't judge, we stand alongside and help you find your own way.
Want to help your children learn a bit about nature?
- Sign up for a Nature-Craft at Home pack (in the holidays)
Just txt or email and we will deliver you a pack and some instructions plus invite to the fb group once we get your details. Everything is natural, there are videos and helpful things on Facebook or youtube too, or we can talk to you if you get stuck!
Ready to learn a bit about nature and get confident with taking your kids outdoors?
- Come to a Woodland Forest Fun Taster session.
These short sessions give you a taste of what it's like to spend a day in the woods. Come and explore the place, get to know the team, play a few games or make something. There will be tea/coffee and snacks, clean loos and places to sit.
Have you been to the woods before? Or ready to come for longer?
- Sign up for a 6-week Explorer Group
We encourage families who have been to the woods, or tried a Taster session, to come for six weeks. - they will be at weekends and in the holidays. Then everyone becomes familiar with the place, each other , the routine and can make the most of what is on offer. We will work towards the John Muir Award, which is fun for the kids and gives us all a sense of achievement.
Each session will include:
-Circle time around the campfire at the start and end
- An explore walk through the wilder woods with games or den-building
- Crafts using natural materials
- Cooking together on the campfire
- Free play, exploring the camp area & mud kitchen
- Learning about plants and animals of the forest
We can provide waterproof coats and leggings for most ages for the session, so don't let the weather put you off!
This projects is wholly funded through Somerset Community Foundation, who have supproted our work at different times over the years. Find out more about them here
Dates and Times 2020-2021
Dates to be set for 2021
Bookings link here (contact us first and will give you the code to book for free)
We ask families to commit to all 6 dates.
Booking sign up will be available soon.
To let us know you are interested please contact Jenny Archard
or Sarah Holdway
Transport will be provided (with social distancing and buses being cleaned between passenger uses) with pick-up points in Priorswood and Halcon.
Face-coverings must be worn by all adults.
Our woodlands are home to roe deer, badgers, foxes, squirrels and other mammals. These carry ticks which can bite humans, so we recommend long trousers, proper shoes/boots and tops you can tuck in. We will provide insect replant to prevent them biting. Special attention needs to be paid to small children and in long grass/sedge.
Information to download before first visit:
Before you visit download this:
What to Expect and Covid19
If you get bitten by a tick please read this leaflet before you remove it.
Ticks & Lyme disease Leaflet