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What’s in the box? Create and share your nature story

Share your square! A nature challenge for all ages

Friday 24 April, 2020, by Katy Foxford

This week we would like to challenge you to come up with a nature story. I’m 27 and this is something I did on a Youth+ Camp in Sweden last year, and I had more fun than I would like to admit.

All you have to do is to plot out a metre by metre square in your garden or backyard. Try to find an interesting spot with a few different features in it – maybe a small tree, some long grass or leaves, or a watering can.

Use a measuring tape if you have one; if not, a big stride will do. Mark your boundaries with anything you can find – string? Sticks? Stones?

Then, using the natural objects (eg. plants, insects, etc) with whatever else you find in your square – and maybe add some Lego characters – write your own story!

If you want to have a go indoors, there’s no stopping you. Maybe just strategically place a few items (whatever you can get your hands on) in the square to get you started… this could be a house plant, or a bowl with some water in.

Be as creative as you can and have fun!

Take a look at my nature square for inspiration. I have used a variety of different objects to add to the interest of the story. Mine had a little beetle in before it quickly disappeared out of the square – obviously it was camera shy!

Once your story is complete we would love to hear from you.

As well as doing this for yourself and to share with your friends and family, please feel free to share stories and photos of your nature zone with us in comments, or as a private message if you prefer.

We look forward to seeing your efforts and, if we get enough, will share a selection in a follow up blog.

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Katy Foxford

Katy is the Tourism Support Officer with the YDNPA


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