Nature Nippers at The House of Dun

This summer, head outdoors with your children to the House of Dun and take part in our programme of four Nature Nippers sessions. Discover mini beasts, get creative with natural colours and enjoy every day experiences such as reading a book in a very different environment.

The Nature Nippers sessions will run for four weeks throughout July 2017; the sessions will run from 11:00 till 12:00 on the dates below. 

8 July: Minibeasts

Join the ranger in a minibeast hunt and learn about some of the smallest inhabitants of our woods.  We’ll see if together we can find all the hidden minibeasts along the trail before getting our hands dirty looking for some real ones.  Discover how we can identify different minibeasts and learn why they are so important to this habitat.  

15 July: Wild about art

 At first the woods seem to be nothing but green, however if we look a little closer we can find almost every other colour imaginable so let’s give it a go.  We’ll have coloured bracelets with a host of colours to try and find, as we walk around the site can you and your children spot something to match each colour? From tiny blue flowers and yellow lichens to simple dead brown leaves we’ll collect a range of items before sticking them onto a headband to make ourselves some funky crowns 

22 July: Gruffalo hunt

The ranger will take us on a walk through the secret pathways of the Dell looking for our favourite characters from the Gruffalo books.  We’ll stop along the way to read the book as we go of course. Can we find them all? What do we know about these animals? 

29 July: Teddy bear picnic

We’re starting to feel at home in the woods so let’s invite our teddy bears along too for a picnic. Bringing along a picnic of your own you’ll join the ranger who will light a small fire in order to cook some Scottish style pancakes.  With these cooking maybe you can build a teddy bear house?  Theres few things better than lunch out in the woods followed by hot freshly cooked treats.  We take meals for granted however the experience can be so different if we eat outdoors and if we eat socially with others.  Upon booking please advise the ranger if you have any food allergies via the email address below.

Child age range: 3-5

Tickets: £16 per child (includes one free adult).  Parents/guardians must accompany their children on a one to one basis.  The activities are designed to get you discovering too so be ready to share some new experiences.      

For further information, please contact the Community Outreach Ranger Ross Hughes via or mob: 07860925399