As a forest and nature instructor, Ursula Fluri takes groups into the forest in every season – whatever the weather. Here are her tips for families.
Text: Clau Isenring
What should families take with them on a forest excursion?
It’s always a good idea to take a magnifying bug box. that kids can use to collect and inspect things. And something to sit on, even if it’s just a newspaper in a plastic bag. And, of course, sausages to roast on an open fire are always a hit. However, far more important than any equipment is the need to take time and look around.
Why is it important for kids to get out and about in forests?
When a child pushes past a branch, it pings back and hits him. This way, kids learn that all actions have consequences.
What rules apply in the forest?
We have to respect the forest inhabitants, so no touching nests, burrows, protected plants, ant hills, etc. Of course children can collect leaves and plants, but they shouldn’t just pluck them willy nilly. It goes without saying that any rubbish must be taken home.
What are the risks and dangers?
The forest is no more dangerous than normal daily life. However, as with road safety, there are a few things to remember:
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