You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Big pieces of paper
Before you begin
- In this activity, people will need to find out more about conservation projects. If you don’t have internet access, you could download or print off some information in advance. We’ve included some short explanations and links.
- If you’re aware of other similar projects, add them in – especially if they’re nearby.
Find out more
- Everyone should split into teams.
- The person leading the activity should tell everyone a little bit about the conservation projects they’ll be exploring.
- Each team should find out more about the projects. They should start by finding out what the land was used for before the project, and how human activity had affected the site before the project.
- The person leading the activity should explain that some people think the projects ‘waste’ land that could be farmed or used for housing. Each team should decide whether they agree that the projects waste land, and come up with a few reasons for their decision.
- Each team should decide if they’d do anything differently if they were taking part in the projects.
- Each team should explore whether there are parts of the projects they could get involved with where they are. Even if they can’t be officially involved, could they be inspired, for example, to plant trees or encourage birds to nest in the area?
Agree to disagree
- Everyone should gather together as one group.
- Each team should share what they found out. Did anyone find unique information?
- Each team should explain why they thought the projects did or didn’t waste land. Everyone should try to come to an agreement if they can.
- Everyone should chat about what they’d do differently if they were in charge, and what they could do in their area.
This activity was all about valuing the outdoors. Part of valuing the outdoors is benefitting from it and understanding why it’s so important. Do people think they have a responsibility to protect and support it too? This activity showed that people can have a positive effect on the natural world – it’s not all negative. Can anyone remember an example of how people worked together in a conservation project? Were all of the projects a total success, or was it more complicated than that? Did the projects inspire anyone to take action? The next step would be to try it out. People could get in touch with the RSPB, Natural England, Woodland Trust, or another nature charity for help and advice.
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.