Aged 13-17 and love wildlife? Young Naturalists is a monthly meet-up for anyone with an interest in the natural world. If you want to get outdoors, gain practical skills, and help protect our wonderful wildlife, then we’d love to meet you.
At our meet-ups, you’ll learn how to identify different species, manage a range of habitats, and perfect various bushcraft skills. You’ll also hear talks from local wildlife experts and find out what it’s like to work in conservation.
Together we’ll explore our base of operations, Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, and visit other conservation sites further afield. As we share our interests, you'll have the chance to try out and develop other skills like wildlife photography.
So if you're looking to learn new things, meet new people, and have a bit of an adventure, why not come along and see what you discover?
Young Naturalists is funded by the Cameron Bespolka Trust.
How to get here
What to bring
- Clothing and footwear suitable for being outdoors and the weather on the day.
- A packed lunch and a bottle of water in a rucksack that can be carried.
- A completed parental consent form if you’re new to Young Naturalists – parents and guardians might want to read our Child Protection and Safeguarding Statement.
- £4 suggested donation - cash only please! We ask for a little more for overnight camps and residential trips.
Find out when we're next meeting up - you can find all upcoming dates here.
Hear what we've been up to - you can find all of our blog posts here.
Young Naturalists - Weaving dragonflies
Our Young Naturalists weave willow dragonflies for our new Wild Walk sculpture trail with artist Kim Creswell.
Young Naturalists - Two for one
Our Young Naturalists have a festive feast, take part in the Big Garden Bird Watch, and get into hedge laying.
Young Naturalists - A trip to the coast
Our Young Naturalists head to Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes under blue skies for some coastal bird watching.