Samphire Hoe near Dover, which is not yet open to visitors, ask families to take part in nature activities at home

A nature reserve is encouraging families to become part of their 'green gang' until they can visit again.
Samphire Hoe near Dover has not yet reopened to visitors.

Park rangers are producing activities for children to enjoy online until visitors can return
Park rangers are producing activities for children to enjoy online until visitors can return

Instead the 30 hectare site - created by Eurotunnel during the construction of the Channel Tunnel - is asking families to take part in some environmentally friendly activities from home instead.

To support families either home schooling or looking for something their children can enjoy during next week's half term, a series of activity sheets have been designed under the hashtag #GreenGangAtHome.

Samphire Hoe currently remains closed to visitors because of the coronavirus outbreak
Samphire Hoe currently remains closed to visitors because of the coronavirus outbreak

For years Samphire Hoe's park rangers have been running Green Gang activities on site across the parkland helping children enjoy and learn more about the hundreds of plants, birds, butterflies, sheep, cattle, foxes and rabbits that call the vast countryside their home.

But until the site can reopen to the public, Samphire Hoe is running a selection of activities online instead.

There are suggestions for things to make, do and see, alongside some quizzes and jokes. Those behind the designs hope that they will appeal to all ages and everything can be completed regardless of whether families have a garden.

Activities are designed to be both fun and educational
Activities are designed to be both fun and educational

How to have fun in the sun with shadows, bird watching, making crafts from household items such as egg boxes and child-friendly guides to understanding and testing out the five senses are all amongst the activities which are available to download from the website. You can do so by clicking here.

Although Samphire Hoe has said it is not yet ready to reopen to visitors a number of Kent attractions are now gradually welcoming families again. Bewl Water, Hole Park Gardens and Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park are among those across the county that say, with social distancing, people can make use of their facilities again.

To keep up to date with Samphire Hoe and any reopening announcements visit its facebook page.

For more suggestions of things to do with the family visit www.mykentfamily.co.uk

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