To become a 2021 Park Star all you need to do is download the Park Stars Passport:
to remind you what 6 activities you need to complete to become one of Birmingham’s Park Stars.
Then tell us you have completed all the activities by emailing us on: Futureparks@bosf.org.uk and we will email you your Park Stars certificate.
Watch the video below for more information.
Park Stars Activities
Take a look through our hints and tips below to help you complete your activities:
Trail: Take Part in a Nature Trail
You can visit any of Birmingham’s parks and green spaces here are some ideas for parks to visit that have walking routes: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/directory/9/parks_playgrounds_and_open_spaces_in_birmingham/category/106
As you go around the park look out for birds, trees and flowers, these should be easy to spot. Mammals like squirrels, rabbits and foxes may need a bit of detective work to find clues. To help there is some good information about these animals here: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/animals/mammals/
Here’s an idea from the Woodland Trust of how to create your own simple trail: Nature Trail Ideas: How to Make a Nature Trail – Woodland Trust
Quiz: Complete a Nature Based Quiz
We will be developing an online quiz that you can do on rainy days to stay connected to nature.
For now why not give this Wildlife Trust Insect Quiz a go: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/insect-quiz
Move: for 15 mins (in a park or garden)
How about trying The “United By Birmingham 2022” Commonwealth Challenge which aims to make exercising at home simple and fun for families with primary school children.
As you will see, families are invited on a 50 day virtual journey across the globe by completing daily activities. Some of the activities link to the geography curriculum and encourage children to learn about the many countries/cultures that will be visiting Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. If it safe to do so, have a going at doing some of these activities out doors.
We want to develop a programme of exercises that are great to do out in the park in any weather. But below is a pdf with some ideas for some simple exercises that you can do indoors or outdoors when the ground and weather is suitable.
Observe: Why not join in with the https://citynaturechallenge.org/ observe wildlife and then record it so the Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust and Birmingham’s EcoRecord wildlife recorders will know what is out there. Also we’d really love Birmingham to have the most observations recorded!
Spend 15 minutes in a green place. You can walk, sit down or lie down. Pay attention to the environment with all your senses. You can do this by asking questions as you go. For example:
- Seeing questions: what can you see? Look all around you, up at the sky and down at the ground.
- Smelling questions: what can you smell? Can you describe the smell? Leafy? Like mud?
- Hearing questions: what can you hear? Birds? The wind? Other people?
- Feeling and touching questions: what can you feel? Is the sun warm? Is the ground rough or smooth?
You can collect small items (if you’re allowed to) like leaves, pebbles and feathers. Talk to each other about them – for example, ‘What kind of bird do you think this came from?’ or ‘What a pretty pattern on that leaf!’ or “How old is this pebble?”
You don’t have to finish the walk or session in 15 mins if something catches your interest along the way. Let the walk or the quiet time in the park be about connecting with the environment and enjoying time together, rather than getting to the end of 15 minutes.
Plant: a seed, plant, bulb or tree There are lots of organisations who can help you when it comes to planting something you want to watch grow: https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/competitions/grow-social But you can watch something grow just by keeping some seeds from fruit or veg that you have eaten the rest of, like apple seeds, pumpkins or peppers:
Reflect: – write, photograph, draw Tell us about what you did by writing a short story or a poem, take photographs or draw us a picture.
Or you can send us your Earth Story find out more about why we need your Earth Stories here: Earth Stories – Naturally Birmingham Future Parks Project
You can send us a picture or a drawing via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and tag us in @NaturallyBirmi1
So get out and about, stay safe and start completing your activities, when you’ve had a go at them all just send us a message that says “All done” you can use the message box below (then click contact us) and we will send you back your certificate.
If you don’t mind we would also like to know:
What you did?
What you liked best?
What didn’t you like?
Would you tell a friend to have ago at Park Stars?
That’s all there is to it for now. But if you want to be involved as a school or family in developing the Junior Park Ambassador programme further then you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We welcome your comments.
Good luck! Have Fun! Stay safe!