For Families


People and bluebells - Tom Marshall

For Families

Discover wildlife with your family

We are passionate about inspiring the next generation to love and care for wildlife and wild places. We want to support you in making your children's lives a little bit more wild, through activities, events and play. We run a range of sessions for all ages across Leicestershire, as well as offering tailored support for home educators. Our Wildlife Watch junior membership is perfect for young nature-lovers who want to be inspired all year round.

Groups and activities

Families can get involved in lots of different ways with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. Our sessions start from nursery age children and go right up to late primary at present. Each activity or group we run has tailored resources, activities and events and we offer these across the counties, in city centre Leicester and a few rural locations. You can find out more below.

Wild Tots – age 2 – 5

Wild Tots is for nature loving 2 – 5 year olds who like to get outside and explore. Wild Tots is a stay-and-play style session for parents/carers and their children to enjoy together. Groups meet outdoors, whatever the weather. 

Wild Tots at Lucas Marsh Nature Reserve, Oadby

When: Weekly Mondays – term time
Time: 10 – 11.30am

NB Last few spaces available for Summer Term 2 from 3rd June.
Book here

For Wild Tots Enquiries please email 




Wildlife Watch Awards - 4-12

Why not earn awards as you complete wildlife activities and challenges? You'll get to learn, create and experience new things! When you complete an award, youʼll receive a certificate!

Hedgehog Award spotlight

Hedgehog Award

The Wildlife Watch Hedgehog Award is a simple and fun way to earn an award while exploring nature in different ways.  All children aged four to eight in Leicestershire and Rutland can take part in the Hedgehog Award Level 1.

To get started click here

* The Hedgehog Level 2 and 3 are only open to Members of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

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Kestrel Award

If you are a member of Wildlife Watch and you are over the age of eight, you can take part in the Kestrel Award. The Kestrel Award has four wildlife challenges:
•    Create it!
•    Do it!
•    Record it!
•    Shout about it!
Once you have completed the four challenges you will receive a certificate and badge. 
Members email with child's name and age to request Kestrel Award pack. 
Not a Member yet? Join here

Nature Ranger Spotlight

The Nature Ranger Award

This is the highest level Wildlife Watch award. You can take part in it once you have completed the Kestrel Award. To complete the Nature Ranger Award you need to study a UK wildlife or conservation topic of your choice and produce a report for your local Wildlife Trust to assess. 
Once completed, you will receive a certificate, a badge, a special prize, and maybe even a mention in the Wildlife Watch magazine! 

If you are a member of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and you have completed your Kestrel Award, email with child's name and age. 
Not a Member yet? Join here 

Wild Play – Holiday sessions

Our creative, fun and hands-on sessions, suitable for 5 – 12 year olds, take place during the school holidays.
See our events page or Family e-newsletter for more details.

Book Essential - Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Home educated groups

Wild Forest School sessions for home educated children and their families

Activities include natural arts and crafts such as making beads, string and decorative items out of wood; tool work; games, trails and treasure hunts; fire lighting and cooking; wildlife spotting and identification; story-telling and poetry.

Currently taking a break over the winter months.


Upcoming Family Events


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Family Membership

Join Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust as a family. You'll get a starter pack, our 'Ready for Action' booklet packed with activities, information and ideas for things to do, and a membership card.

You'll also receive our membership magazine three times a year and Wildlife Watch kids magazine four times a year, exclusive events and discounts for adults and children alike, and an amazing adventure for the whole family to enjoy. 

Join today
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Julie's son Rhys attending a den building session by Lancs WT at a BBC Live and Deadly event - Julie Norman

Things to do

Whether you live in the country or city, have a garden or yard, live in a flat or a house; there are lots of fun things the whole family can do to stay connected to nature at home and in your local area. Have a go at some of our wild activities...

Find out more

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Wildlife Watch website

Go to the Wildlife Watch website to discover amazing facts about wildlife; and get lots of wild ideas for things to do!

Downloadable activity sheets, create your own spotter sheet, wildlife quizzes and blogs from other Wildlife Watchers.

Explore now