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Summer 2024 sessions

We are running free Go Wild at Hudnall nature connection sessions during the 2024 school summer holidays

Black and white photograph of a badger underneath some branches.

Do you live or work with a young person who is experiencing, or at risk of, poor emotional wellbeing?

The Go Wild at Hudnall project is offering free nature connection sessions at Hudnall Park this summer, thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in partnership with Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

The sessions have different themes and are a great way to have fun, learn about nature and new ways to help improve emotional wellbeing.

The sessions will run every week of the summer school holidays from 31 July to 30 August 2024. 

Family Forest School Fridays and Creatures of the Night require the child or young person to be accompanied by their parents/carers, but all other sessions for young people aged 13 to 17 are drop-off sessions. 

You can sign up for just one session or any number of sessions. We recommend bringing a water bottle and a snack to all sessions.

Please see details of the events on offer by clicking on the buttons below.

Creatures of the Night

Young people and their families are invited to join us for a summer's evening at Hudnall Park to discover the creatures that come out after dark.

We’ll be going on a walk detecting bats along the way, then sitting quietly with a mug of hot chocolate to watch for badgers, and finally gathering around the moth trap to observe moths up close before releasing them back into the wild.

These sessions are for children and young people accompanied by their parents or carers. We also welcome younger siblings to join in the fun.

 

For young people aged 13-17:

  • Thursday 1 August, 8pm – 10pm  
  • Thursday 8 August, 8pm - 10pm
  • Thursday 15 August, 8pm - 10pm

 

For children and young people aged 6-12:

  • Thursday 22 August, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
  • Thursday 29 August, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Nature Journalling

These are drop-off sessions for young people aged 13 to 17.

Journalling is expressing yourself on paper about anything you wantThese sessions are designed for beginners and involve a mix of nature journalling activities and prompts for mindfulness, wellbeing, and creativity. Nature journalling encourages slowing down, paying attention, and experiencing the wonders of the natural world. Mental health journalling helps explore emotions and unscramble thoughts.

Sessions will be on Wednesdays, 11am-2pm, on the following dates:

  • 31 July 2024
  • 7 August 2024
  • 14 August 2024
  • 21 August 2024
  • 28 August 2024


All materials are supplied, but feel free to bring along your own journal, pens, and pencils if you prefer.

Drop-off Forest School

These are drop-off sessions for young people aged 13 – 17. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for walking on uneven ground.

Session themes will vary each week and will be on Thursdays, 11am-2pm on the following dates:

  • 1 August 2024
  • 8 August 2024
  • 15 August 2024
  • 22 August 2024
  • 29 August 2024


Young People are invited to spend three informal hours in the woods for a Forest School session at Hudnall Park. Young people will shape their own forest school experience by choosing what they would like to do, exploring their own personal interests and natural curiosity.

Activities may include den building, hammocks, campfire lighting and marshmallow roasting, forest crafts (including making mud monsters and tree spirits), a site walk, scavenger hunt, and much more! 

Family Forest School

These are for young people under 12, accompanied by parents/carers.

Families are invited to spend three informal hours in the woods for a Forest School session at Hudnall Park. Young people are encouraged to shape their own forest school experience by choosing what they would like to do, exploring their personal interests and natural curiosity.

Activities may include den building, hammocks, bushcraft (including knot tying and whittling), campfire lighting, marshmallow roasting, forest crafts (including making mud monsters and tree spirits), a site walk, scavenger hunt, and much more!

Sessions will be on Fridays, 11am-2pm, on the following dates:

  • 2 August 2024
  • 9 August 2024
  • 16 August 2024
  • 30 August 2024

Location

All Go Wild at Hudnall summer sessions are taking place at 

Hudnall Park
Hudnall Common, Little Gaddesden
Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1QN

Map

 

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Please book your place by contacting the Services for Young People Go Wild Team:

or use the Go Wild at Hudnall booking form