Free resources

Connections to nature improve wellbeing. Our free resources are designed to help you get started, wherever you are based.

We’ve put together some free resources - designed to help young people connect with nature. With more activities being added as the project continues, come back and visit again soon.

Five ways to connect

Thanks to the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby, Generation Green are sharing five things that can help people build a better relationship with nature - a relationship that helps themselves and the planet.

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Tune into sights, smells, sounds, tastes and textures.

  • Listen to birdsong
  • Smell wild flowers
  • Walk barefoot outside

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Emotion

Feel joy, wonder and calm through the natural world.

  • Find joy in wildlife at play
  • Wonder at a spiders’ web
  • Find calm near water

Take part

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Beauty

Get inspired and celebrate what nature means to you.

  • Create some wild art
  • Take a photo of a flower
  • Visit an amazing view

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Meaning

Notice how nature appears in songs, poems and art.

  • Write a story about trees
  • Map a bee's journey
  • Read tales about nature

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Compassion

Take action to look after the natural world.

  • Feed the birds
  • Dig a pond
  • Put up a nest box

Take part

Download our free postcards

Postcard for young people

Suitable for all age groups. Here are five brilliant and important ways to make nature part of your life, from creating wild art to doing a beach clean or making a bird feeder.

Get your copy (PDF, 0.5MB)

Postcard for leaders

A postcard for young adults with suggestions on how to improve your relationship with nature. Tips include tasting blackberries from hedgerows and reading folktales about nature. Take a look.

Get your copy (PDF, 0.7MB)

Share your stories

If you're taking part in a Generation Green activity, have fun adding our GIFs to your Instagram stories and spread the word!

Here's a quick guide:

  1. Open Instagram and click on the + sign in the top right corner
  2. Find the ‘Story’ option and tap on it
  3. Choose a photo you would like to share
  4. Select the GIFs button (it's a square icon with a smiley face)
  5. Search for 'YHA' or 'Generation Green'

From there, you can get creative and add as many GIFs as you’d like.

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