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The Nature Train project helping engage families with pre-school children in nature and outdoor play

PUBLISHED: 16:44 27 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:44 27 November 2014

Mike Murphy Education Development Manager and Anna-Marie Ogilvy Nature Tots Officer engaged in Forest School activity © Sussex Wildlife Trust

Mike Murphy Education Development Manager and Anna-Marie Ogilvy Nature Tots Officer engaged in Forest School activity © Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Wildlife Trust has trained staff, parents and volunteers from three Children’s Centres in East Sussex, so they can run Forest School sessions to engage families with pre-school children in nature and outdoor play.

The Nature Train project received a grant of £9,410 from The BIG Lottery Fund Awards for All Programme to provide training for Children’s Centres that support families in Peacehaven, Newhaven and Seaford. The Forest School and Wild Beach training involved children getting hands-on with nature, building camp fires, making shelters and imaginative outdoor play in woodlands and on the beach.

Sussex Wildlife Trust Education Development Manager Mike Murphy said: ‘Gaining their Forest School qualification has inspired Centre staff and shown them how to use the natural environment to create fantastic learning opportunities for children and their parents. The course they have delivered has enriched the quality of life of many local families. It has been rewarding to see both parents and children growing in confidence and self-awareness as they enjoy being outside using natural resources’.

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