Taking place from Monday 27 July – Sunday 9 August, the virtual festival aims to connect people with nature. Across the two-week period, Pukka Herbs, and the Natural History Museum hope to inspire people of all ages to tune in and embrace the nature that is on their doorstep.
The jam-packed programme of free digital activities will be hosted on the Natural History Museum website with content to engage all ages such as wildlife arts and crafts, a live quiz and nature-based bingo – an amazing checklist of plants and animals to spot this summer.
· Plant club – a series of downloadable resources to help identify local plants and report sightings as a citizen scientist. The activities will encourage families to look for different plant species and learn about the life cycle of plants.
· Pukka Herbs ‘how to’ series – focusing on three pollinator-friendly herbs used in Pukka Herbs organic teas – mint, lavender and chamomile – these expert-led videos will give families the chance to get creative with a variety of makes and bakes.
· Noisy Nature – a fun activity to encourage families to use their sense of hearing to connect with local wildlife and take a moment to enjoy and relax in nature.
· Live Natural History quiz – join in with a live YouTube quiz on Friday 31 July and test your knowledge of natural history.
Throughout the festival families are encouraged to share images on social media of nature around them that makes them feel happy as part of the Feel-Good gallery that will be created across the two-weeks.
Vicky Murray, Sustainability Manager at Pukka Herbs says: “We are delighted to once again be joining forces with the Natural History Museum, who are global experts in the natural world. This year, more than ever, we want to connect as many people as possible with the beauty of nature, and in doing so create advocates for our planet. The aim of this festival is to educate on biodiversity and the importance of pollinators. All living things exist within their own communities and we are intertwined in a natural system which enables all of us to thrive.”
Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs says:
“This year’s festival comes at an important time as families across the globe continue to look for engaging and educational resources to use within their own homes. Our purpose at Pukka is to nurture healthier, happier lives through powerful organic plants and we hope to share our passion for the planet with others. All Pukka teas are made with pollinator friendly, organic ingredients so this is the perfect celebration of that.
“The amazing line up of workshops and activities link to areas of the KS1, 2 and 3 curriculum and we hope by working with the Natural History Museum, we can encourage all generations to champion nature whilst having fun and learning at the same time. The past few months have been difficult for many but there has never been a better time to appreciate the natural world that’s right on our doorsteps.”
Alex Burch, Head of Public Programmes at the Natural History Museum says:
‘We’re thrilled once again to be working alongside Pukka Herbs for this year’s summer Family Festival: Tune into Nature. Together we’ve put together a fantastic line up of digital content and educational activities for all of the family to enjoy from their homes.
As 2020 is the Museum’s Year of Biodiversity, we want to inspire people to think about the natural world and their role in protecting it. Through our digital activities we want to engage families with the nature around them and work towards a future where both people and planet thrive.’
Dates and times: 27 July – 9 August