Andrew ‘Mouse’ Fleming with Children enjoying ‘Wild Kids’ Day’ organised by the children’s nature charity Owls at Turvey Nature Reserve, Donabate, Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

We’ve all seen them. The families who rock up to some fabulous forest, coastal stretch or national park and don’t venture beyond the car-park – or the(...)

Children playing in the “mud kitchen” of Wigwams Childcare Service, Kilcullen, Co Kildare. Experts say too much screen-time and inactivity is depriving young people of vital lifeskills.

Every generation winces when the previous one recalls how much better life was in their day. But one thing everyone remembers is playing outside as a (...)

Investigating nature: learning to make fire at the Festival of Outdoor Learning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 100 adults spent last weekend on the shores of Lough Dan, in Co Wicklow, sharing ideas and skills from mapreading to collecting wild food and co(...)