Based on a highly successful blend of nature awareness, bushcraft and storytelling, these programmes make the most of a young person’s love of and curiosity for the natural world. The aim is to empower the children with new skills, to deepen their relationship to nature and breed a new confidence to continue to discover it for themselves. Most of all, this programme aims to deliver a hugely enjoyable experience to all.
Bushcraft is the art, craft and science of living from the land. It demands that we open all of our senses to pay the closest attention to the world around us. The activities may include firecraft, shelter building, woodcraft, plants for food/resources and natural cordage.
Nature awareness is the study of wildlife and the practice of getting really close to it. Using a combination of games and fieldcraft skills we’ll study tracks and signs, explore sensory awareness activities, and use the dusk, dawn and the night-time to locate and observe wildlife.
Storytelling - traditional tales with a wildlife theme, told to the children around the campfire help to make sense of both the experience of the programme and the natural world around them.
OUTCOMES: These programmes require the children to respond to a demanding (and enjoyable) sequence of tasks in an unfamiliar setting. The activities can cause breakthrough results in the following areas:
• Attitude Organisation Integrity
• Leadership Problem-solving Tenacity
• Planning Teamwork Responsibility
• Communication Observation Awareness
The likely outcomes from participating in such a dynamic interaction with the natural world are an increased enthusiasm, energy and motivation. Most importantly of all, the course is designed to give the children a really exciting and meaningful time together in nature!
COST: £40 per head, per 24 hours (depending upon minimum numbers)
LENGTH: between 1 and 4 nights
LOCATION: beautiful wild woodland sites on Dartmoor, Devon
“WildWise has brought an invaluable experience of Nature to my students over the years. Invaluable skills taught have brought them to a deeper understanding of their connection with the wild. Wisdom received by the campfire in story and song have brought them closer to each other and to the earth under their feet. They have gained confidence and humility through the experience and they leave the camp more rooted than they came. WildWise provide a unique opportunity for both children and adults.” - James Oxer, St Lukes School, Exeter