Rangers is our monthly nature club for children who are members of the Selborne Society. It is held on the second Saturday of the month from 2-4pm and is open to children of all ages.
Each volunteer-led session has a different theme where we explore some aspect of the natural world or heritage of the reserve. For example, we have taken part in citizen science projects such as the Big Butterfly Count and the OPAL pond survey. Most sessions also have a craft activity such as making a pine cone bird feeder or a wormery to take home. Children will learn about the different wildlife found in the reserve and how to help look after different habitats.
We also have a yearly ‘sleepout’ at the reserve, where families camp overnight, enjoying a campfire and bat walk.
We feel strongly that children should be connected to nature and care about their local environment. We also know how important it is for children to enjoy time outdoors, especially in an environment that is relatively wild, but also so close to urban life.