Project Wild Thing!

Posted by: Sarah Ryan
Posted on: 8th January 2016
Posted in: Animals, Events, Native Species

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How often do your little ones say they would rather stay inside than head outdoors for some playtime? We’ve noticed that it’s happening all too often lately. Time spent playing outdoors is down 50% in just one generation, and with so many benefits to “wild time” we’re determined to get kids of all ages to swap screen time for WILD time!

Here are just some of the many benefits of spending time outdoors:

  • It’s great for building confidence, creativity and independence
  • Time spent outside in nature increases happiness, health and wellbeing in kids (and adults too!)
  • You won’t need batteries or plugs to enjoy the great outdoors!
  • A good night’s sleep!

That’s why we’re getting involved with Project Wild Thing, a film-led movement to get more children exploring the outdoors and reconnecting with nature. Project Wild Thing encourages “wild time” ideas, for parents to submit their stories of how they have helped their children reconnect with nature. We thought we’d contribute to this cove of ideas by sharing on our social channels our favourite ways of spending “wild time”. So make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter to catch our ideas as we share them!

Project Wild Thing also encourages parents and their children to pledge “wild time” hours, a promise that screen time will be swapped for “wild time”.

Project Wild Thing’s David Bond commented: “This movement is all about how children need to get outdoors and into nature. We’re really passionate about connecting young people and adults with the outdoors because it makes them fitter, it makes them healthier, it makes them happier, and it makes them develop better. So there are loads of reasons to get outdoors; it’s really exciting”.


Throughout the year at Knowsley, you and your kids can enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities, so a day with us equals hours of “wild time” that you can pledge on the Project Wild Thing website! You can take part in our Bushcraft sessions, sign up to one of our exciting Kids’ Clubs, enjoy our live Vulture Experience, hop on board the Equatorial Express to see even more of our animals, take a Woodland Walk, drop by our Honeybee Exhibit, identify birds in our Native Bird guide and so much more. Come to Knowsley and reconnect with the wild world we live in!

Check out Project Wild Thing here:

Article by: Sarah Ryan

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