Little Wild Things

by little-wild-things in Charlbury

We did it
On 9th April 2014 we successfully raised £6,605 with 69 supporters in 56 days

Little Wild Things is a Community Interest Company which aims to connect children with the natural world. We will run exciting hands-on sessions in a local woodland which will inspire children to love nature through positive outdoor experiences. We are fundraising for a minibus to transport the children to and from the woodland site, which will provide a dynamic and stimulating environment for play and learning. We will take a large number of local children out into the natural world every week, enriching our community and helping our children to become passionate and caring adults of the future.

by little-wild-things in Charlbury

Little Wild Things is dedicated to connecting children with nature through positive and inspiring outdoor experiences

Who are we?

We're Chris and Charlotte and we met doing what we love best – inspiring children about nature. We're passionate about getting children outside and twelve years of combined experience in environmental education has convinced us of its importance both for the individual child and the wider community. We’re setting up a new community interest company called Little Wild Things which will bring inspiring outdoor sessions to the children of West Oxfordshire. We have a level 3 Forest School leaders qualification, and training in paediatric first aid, emotional literacy and storytelling, plus plenty of energy and enthusiasm! As a community interest company, Little Wild Things will reinvest any profits to provide further opportunities for local children and families.

 What do we do?

We will run regular woodland sessions for pre-school children to attend through the local nurseries or with their parents, plus holiday and after-school clubs for older children. We have permission from a local land owner to use an area of woodland, and will transport the children to and from the site in a minibus. During a session children will be encouraged to explore and play through activities specifically designed to further their interest in the natural world. Activities might include bug hunting, mud painting or den building. We hope that through Little Wild Things, many of the local children will become confident outdoors and learn to love and take an interest in nature from an early age.

 

Why is it so important?

Our children spend less time playing outdoors than in any previous generation. This has led to them becoming disconnected from nature at exactly the time when the environmental challenges we face require everyone to take an interest in the natural world. Children must experience nature if they are to learn to love it, so our project aims to give children positive outdoor experiences which help to reconnect them with the natural world. As well as learning to value and care for our planet, our outdoor sessions will provide a huge variety of developmental and health benefits to enrich the lives of the children we reach.

What are we fundraising for?

We are trying to raise £6,500 to buy a secondhand minibus. We estimate the minibus will cost around £5,500 and we would need £1,000 for servicing, licenses and branding. The minibus will provide essential transport for the children to and from the woodland site. We want there to be greater opportunities for outdoor nature play for children and their parents in Oxfordshire. Our town has an amazing selection of activities on offer for children, but there is currently nothing that makes the most of the varied and wonderful environment on our doorstep. With a small minibus, we can take a large number of the local children out into the natural world every week, thereby enriching our community and helping our children to become passionate and caring adults of the future.

We hope you've enjoyed reading about Little Wild Things and feel as passionate about connecting our children with nature as we do. We've got lots of wonderful homemade rewards for those who feel able to give and hope they will inspire you and your family to go out and about and get muddy!

Thanks so much for your interest and support and please help us by spreading the word.

If you would like any more information on Little Wild Things please don’t hesitate to get in touch at littlewildthings@outlook.com.

Love, bugs and sticks,

Chris and Charlotte

Little Wild Things - Come out to play!

Please like us on facebook - www.facebook.com/1ittlewildthings

Follow us on Twitter - www.twitter.com/LWildThings

Little Wild Things website - coming soon!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Get your very own exclusive Little Wild Things pin badge, plus a thank you postcard and a mention on our facebook page.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

A selection of our favourite little outdoor adventures and an exclusive Little Wild Things pin badge

£35 or more

10 of 20 claimed

£35 Reward

The Gruffalo Nature Trail. Hot off the press and signed by the author! Get your paws on the new activity book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – A brilliant pocket book full of stickers and great activities to get your kids excited about their next outdoor adventure. (Not available until July.)

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

A treasure box of treats for the kids from the beautiful Burford Garden centre. Kindly donated by Burford Garden Company.

£60 or more

7 of 10 claimed

£60 Reward

A unique, handcrafted bird box. A great way to help local wildlife and a beautiful addition to your garden!

£85 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£85 Reward

A term of Little Wild Things afternoon sessions for one named child and their adult. (So 6 Thursday afternoon sessions - exact school term to be agreed)

£85 or more

2 of 3 claimed

£85 Reward

A term of Little Wild Things morning sessions for one named child and their adult. (So 6 Thursday morning sessions - exact school term to be agreed)

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£100 Reward

A family photography session in our woodland with lifestyle photographer Dan Weeks. You get a 2 hour shoot, 75 pictures on DVD to take home and a framed print!

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£150 Reward

A woodland birthday party for your very own little wild thing and up to ten friends. Run by us and held at our wonderful site - you just need to bring the cake!

£150 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

Two First Class Anytime tickets valid for a return journey on any First Great Western service. Visit the Eden project in Cornwall, the Natural History Museum in London or even the beaches of Dorset or Pembrokeshire! What a treat! Kindly donated by First Great Western.

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£350 Reward

A full year of Little Wild Things sessions for one named child and their adult. (So a session on a Thursday morning or afternoon every week during term time).

£750 or more

£750 Reward

Your company name on our amazing brightly coloured minibus – fantastic advertising as we go driving around the town with lots of happy children!

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