Backyard camping

Image: A Studholme

Introduction

Star gaze, tell stories, watch the sunrise, and share your experience with us.

Let's go camping – at home! You can do this in a tent on the lawn, under the stars, or sleeping out on the porch or deck. You can even camp inside if the weather is too wet and wild. Build your own hut out of sheets and chairs. 

Camping is a whole new world of night noises, stars and waking with the birds. Connecting with nature has positive effects on our health and wellbeing.

An adventure for the whānau

Camping at home is a great adventure for the whole whānau. Here are some fun activities. 

  • Star gaze under the milky way – can you see a shooting star? Can you spot the Southern Cross constellation or Matariki?
  • Tell stories in the dark.
  • Watch the sunset or sunrise.
  • Listen to the dawn chorus – how many different birds can you hear? 

Discover your nature

Sit still for 5 minutes outside. Listen carefully and try to identify the sounds of nature. Close your eyes, then make a list or draw the sounds you hear, eg

  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Wind in the trees
  • People noises 
  • Anything else?

Do this exercise at night and again in the morning. Are the sounds different?

Resources

Don't forget to check the weather at Metservice.

Tell us about your camping experience

The team at Toyota Kiwi Guardians would love to hear about your camping adventure and what sounds you heard in nature. Draw a picture or take a photo of your hut or tent when it's built.

Share your experience using #KiwiGuardians on the Kiwi Guardians Facebook page.

 

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