The Wild Network is on a mission to re-wild childhood.
Over the last 3 years we have developed into a unique organisation made up of partners from multiple sectors, supported by a growing community of mums, dads, teachers and people in communities across the world.
Together we want to grow Wild Time.
We want to show how it is vital if children, families and communities are to thrive in the 21st century.
Our network has come together to help take the film ‘Project Wild Thing’ to an audience in excess of one million, as well as develop collaborative events that have created solutions such as the Wild Time app.
We were founded off the back of the Natural Childhood Report which concluded that there were several complicated and inter-linked barriers preventing children from spending enough time outside in nature and that this is having profound impacts on their wellbeing.
The report led to a huge collaborative effort of hundreds of people and organisations committing time, energy, resources and money to help get the network where it is today.
Why we exist
We exist to grow Wild Time in families, schools and communities. Wild Time is time spent outdoors, wherever it occurs and we want to show how it is vital to help children thrive in the 21st century.
Three key reasons underpin our organisation and the way we work:
There has been a significant decline in the amount of time children spend outdoors, which is directly linked to a number of profound impacts on their health and wellbeing, as well as their relationship with nature;
Despite the tireless work of brilliant individuals and organisations, many of the existing solutions have been unsuccessful at reversing or addressing the complex barriers facing many families, schools and communities. These barriers prevent kids from getting outdoors;
Evidence shows that innovative collaborations and creative approaches are able directly and effectively to address these barriers and grow Wild Time.
To tackle these issues we work in the following ways:
Bringing our unique network together to collaborate on projects that help grow Wild Time in families, communities and schools;
Growing our network of partners and local groups that seek solutions, best practice and innovation;
Supporting our partners to get the most out of their Wild Time activities, based on our in-depth analysis, community insight and ability to bring new thinking to the sector.
Read more about the challenges we face together and as an organisation.
Thanks in particular to the following organisations:
National Trust, RSPB, Green Lions, Britdoc Foundation, Play England, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, Woodland Trust, Wildlife Trusts, Arla foods, Good for Nothing, Swarm, Eden Project, Ashden Trust, Esmee Fairbairn and Synchronicity Earth.