What is Wild Challenge?
Wild Challenge is free and fun! Get up close and personal with nature with our enjoyable activities.
What is Wild Challenge?
Wild Challenge is a call - to get up, get out and get wild!
It's a challenge for you to connect with the natural world in brave new ways - to reach out and touch it and meet it head-on, up-close and personal.
All you need to do is create an account and an online profile, and within a few quick and easy steps you'll be ready to get stuck in to your wild adventure!
You can go as quickly or slowly as you like and we have a wide range of activities to suit your needs and location. There's something to do throughout the year, no matter what the weather brings!
Selected other RSPB activities, such as Big Garden Birdwatch count towards your achievements too!
Wild Challenge replaces the Wildlife Action Awards – an awards scheme for schools and families which we've been running since 1988. Thousands of children have taken part over the years and Wild Challenge's shiny new content and online presence ensures that many more children can get wild and closer to the nature on their doorstep.
If you would like to focus on wildlife gardening and helping nature thrive in your outdoor spaces, check out our Giving Nature a Home pages where you can create a personal plan with six simple activities to help you give nature a home where you live.
How it works
What makes up your Wild Challenge is up to you.
There are a range of fun activities to choose from and bronze, silver and gold awards to achieve depending on how many you complete.
The activities are divided into two sections:
Help Nature - making our gardens brilliant homes for nature and our outdoor spaces wonderfully wildlife-friendly!
Experience Nature - getting up close and personal with wildlife and exploring the world of amazing nature right under our noses!
You must complete three activities from each section to earn each level of the award. Feel free to repeat an activity as many times as you like, as you're sure to discover something new each time. But please note that repeat activities will not count towards your Challenge total, even if you do it differently.
- Bronze award: you need to complete six activities, three from Help Nature and three from Experience Nature.
- Silver award: you need to complete six further activities, another three from Help Nature and another three from Experience Nature (making a total of 12 activities completed).
- Gold award: you need to complete another six activities, again three more from Help Nature and three more from Experience Nature (making a total of 18 activities completed).
In order to complete each activity and move a step closer to getting your award, you need to submit some confirmation to show that you've done it. This could be a photo, a drawing, a video, even a piece of writing, showing or describing your adventure.
Once you've completed each award level, you will receive an exclusive Wild Challenge award certificate and sticker sheet as a little thank you from nature!
That's it. Your challenge awaits!
Why are we doing it?
We're crazy about wildlife and the amazing places wildlife calls home, but it's in trouble and needs our help.
As well as the direct action we take every day with our supporters and partners, it's vital for the future that today's young people grow up closer and more in-tune with wildlife and wild places. Brought in partnership with our partners Aldi, Wild Challenge is about forging a lasting friendship with the natural world around us and helping it to thrive and survive - it's a fun first step towards a wild life!
Wild about Wild Challenge?
This is just the beginning of our wild adventure together.
We will continue to grow and improve Wild Challenge and your views are important to us. We want you to be a part of deciding what it looks like in the future. What does Wild Challenge mean to you and how can we make it better and wilder?
Let us know by dropping us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
The RSPB is an official Learning Destination for the Children's University™ Passport to Learning.
The Wild Challenge is a Children's University™ Learning Activity and earns you passport stamps. For every award level of the Wild Challenge you complete, you'll receive a sticker worth 6 hours to add to your passport. To find out more about the Children's University™ and how children can take part and get their Passport to Learning, visit the Children's University™ website
Wild Challenge Week
If you achieve a Wild Challenge bronze, silver or gold award during Wild Challenge Week – 30 July to 5 August – we’ll send you a special package containing:*
- A pack of RSPB British Birds Top Trumps cards
- A pollinating bee attractor seed pack
- An RSPB minibeast viewer or large magnifiying glass
Between 2 July and 2 September, we’ll also be sending out packages to another 20 Wild Challenge participants at random – to be in with a chance, you just need to complete a Wild Challenge activity and tell us you’ve done it.
* Subject to availability. The RSPB has the right to offer a different reward if the listed rewards are not available.