Enjoy a fantastic outdoor activity day with your group on Sunday 10 June 2018 in the beautiful parkland of the Yorkshire Arboretum, Castle Howard. This popular event is returning for 2018 and is open to all Brownies, Cubs, Scouts and Guides. As in previous years, there will be a wide range of outdoor, nature-based activities to in which to participate. These include:

Pond dipping: a fascinating look into life in a pond! Explore and identify the fresh water invertebrates which live in the Yorkshire Arboretum’s lake.

Explorienteering: a chance to explore the breath-taking landscape of the Arboretum through orienteering. The activity helps to develop map reading skills and teamwork.

Story trail: participants embark on a trail through the woodland to find words of the season hanging in the trees, plus there is a ‘meet a tree’ activity.

Minibeast hunt and habitat creation: time to turn nature detective by going on a bug hunt and using the bug identification dials to identify the minibeasts found. After exploring the creatures’ habitats, there is an opportunity for participants to create one of their own.

Shelter building: always a popular activity! The chance for participants to create a shelter for themselves and their friends, which will keep them safe and dry. A test of teamwork and survival skills. Will their shelter survive the rain?

Making your booking

The cost of the event is £12.50 per person. The activities will be run by the Yorkshire Arboretum staff although the appropriate number of Leaders from each group will be needed to supervise. The supervising Leaders will gain free entry to the Yorkshire Arboretum for the event. Other Leaders and parents are very welcome to come along but will need to pay the normal admission charge.

Please note that all participants will need to bring their own packed lunch. As the event is entirely outdoors, participants must wear appropriate clothing for the activities and also be fully prepared for the weather on the day.

The deadline for booking forms is 28 May 2018. Contact John Ives on creative@nys.org.uk for further information.

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