No need to walk to find the wild side - Join the Barnsley Backyard Club!

Barnsley Backyard Club launches on Saturday, 25 April an exciting new opportunities for children and young people to take a wildlife adventure in their own backyard!

The new weekly sessions have been organised by Discover Dearne and Oak Forrest School, to encourage people to connect with stunning outdoor spaces and learn about the wildlife on offer in the Dearne Valley, whilst staying at home.

Part of Barnsley Museums digital programme, the sessions will bring the excitement of the great outdoors to the families of South Yorkshire and beyond.  Nature has never been so vital during these unprecedented times and families can connect with nature in even the smallest of outdoor spaces, and right outside their homes.


Each Saturday morning, Founder and outdoor manager of Oak Forrest School, Melv Mills will be leading fantastic activities with bush craft skills, wildlife knowledge and bags of enthusiasm! Activities will include, den making, bug hotel building, bucket pond creating, wildlife spotting and much more.

Oak Forrest School is a not for profit organisation which works with local communities around the Dearne Valley and are committed to investing expertise and resources into bush craft and outdoor education.

Barnsley Museums digital programme has been created to keep people connected during these unusual and challenging times.  Through it, local people, communities across South Yorkshire and around the world too, are engaging with history, art, landscapes, nature, wildlife and most importantly each other.

To take part in these range of activities simply follow the Discover Dearne or Barnsley Museum social media channels and get ready to go wild with wildlife!

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Opportunities to connect with nature are always important for our wellbeing and never more so than now.  These online activities allow people do so while adhering to the important government guidelines about staying home and staying safe.  Not only are they are a great way to relax and unwind they are also a brilliant opportunity to learn about the wonderful range of wildlife that we can find in our outdoor spaces.”

The Barnsley Backyard Club is one of several exciting activities taking place as part of the Barnsley Museums online digital programme.

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