From Surrey News
Surrey County Council has launched The Surrey Nature Explorer Passport for children ahead of the summer holidays.
The Surrey Nature Explorer Passport holds captivating adventures that encourages families and children to explore our beautiful countryside and amazing libraries with a chance to win exciting prizes.
Designed to offer a fun way for children aged 4 to 12 to discover the uniqueness of Surrey’s countryside and learn more about nature’s wonders, the activity runs from mid-July until October, giving families ideas and inspiration for days out during the summer holidays.
The Surrey Nature Explorer Passport can be collected for free from one of Surrey’s 52 libraries and will help children to keep track of their adventures as they collect stickers for completing up to 15 fun nature-related challenges.
Explorers who take on six challenges can enter a prize draw to win a fabulous Den Kit, Slack Line or Kubb game. And all those who want to take on the ultimate challenge and do all 15 activities can enter the prize draw to win a £100 voucher for Go Ape, a £100 voucher for Bocketts Farm or an annual family membership to the British Wildlife Centre worth £150!
The activities range from searching for different insects like ladybirds and ants, and learning more about their habitats, through to leaf rubbings, storytelling, a reading challenge and a scavenger hunt. Some will be quick and easy, others will take a bit longer, depending on the age of the child. The activities are suitable for children aged 4 to 12 and are all free to participate in. There’s lots to do to encourage your children to enjoy nature and learn about their surroundings, so pick up a Surrey Nature Explorer Passport at a library near you and start exploring!
See the website for more information on the activities, prizes and how to join in.
Mark Nuti, Cabinet Member for Communities at Surrey County Council, said:
“The fact that a quarter of Surrey’s landscapes have been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) demonstrates what an attractive county it is. As well as being renowned for its woodland Surrey’s countryside offers so much more including heathland, river valleys, and meadows. I hope that the Surrey Nature Explorer Passport helps children and their families have fun finding new places to visit over the summer, whilst learning about the environment and countryside.
“So dust off your explorer hats and take to the great outdoors, embarking on fun adventures right from your doorstep. Take on our 15 nature challenges to uncover the hidden secrets of your local neighbourhoods, the amazing countryside and our magical libraries.”