Pukka Herbs, the UK’s largest organic tea company, has joined forces with the Natural History Museum to deliver a digital biodiversity themed family festival – Tune into Nature – to inspire and educate all ages on plants and pollinators.
Taking place on Mon 27 July – Sun 9 Aug, the free virtual event aims to connect people with nature. Across two weeks, Pukka Herbs, and the Natural History Museum will inspire people of all ages to tune in and embrace the nature on their doorstep. “This year’s festival comes at an important time as families across the globe continue to look for engaging and educational resources to use within their own homes,” said Jo Webber, Head of Herbal Education at Pukka Herbs. “Our purpose at Pukka is to nurture healthier, happier lives through powerful organic plants and we hope to share our passion for the planet with others. All Pukka teas are made with pollinator friendly, organic ingredients so this is the perfect celebration of that.”
The jam-packed programme of free digital activities will be hosted on the Natural History Museum website, with content to engage all ages such as wildlife arts and crafts, a live quiz and nature-based bingo – an amazing checklist of plants and animals to spot this summer. “We are delighted to once again be joining forces with the Natural History Museum, who are global experts in the natural world,” adds Vicky Murray, Sustainability Manager at Pukka Herbs. “This year, more than ever, we want to connect as many people as possible with the beauty of nature, and in doing so create advocates for our planet. The aim of this festival is to educate on biodiversity and the importance of pollinators. All living things exist within their own communities and we are intertwined in a natural system which enables all of us to thrive.”
TUNE INTO NATURE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
A series of downloadable resources to help identify local plants and report sightings as a citizen scientist. The activities will encourage families to look for different plant species and learn about the life cycle of plants.
Pukka Herbs ‘how to’ series
Focusing on three pollinator-friendly herbs used in Pukka Herbs organic teas – mint, lavender and chamomile – these expert-led videos will give families the chance to get creative with a variety of makes and bakes.
Afun activity to encourage families to use their sense of hearing to connect with local wildlife and take a moment to enjoy and relax in nature.
Live Natural History quiz
Join in with a live YouTube quiz on Fri 31 July and test your knowledge of natural history.
Throughout the festival families are encouraged to share images on social media of nature around them that makes them feel happy as part of the Feel-Good gallery which will be created across the two-weeks.
The Natural History Museum a world-leading science research centre, and the most-visited natural history museum in Europe. “We’re thrilled once again to be working alongside Pukka Herbs for this year’s summer Family Festival: Tune into Nature,” says Alex Burch, Head of Public Programmes at the Natural History Museum. “Together we’ve put together a fantastic line up of digital content and educational activities for all of the family to enjoy from their homes.” It is custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising over 80 million specimens. The scale of this collection enables researchers from all over the world to document how species have and continue to respond to environmental changes – which is vital in helping predict what might happen in the future and informing future policies and plans to help the planet. “As 2020 is the Museum’s Year of Biodiversity, we want to inspire people to think about the natural world and their role in protecting it. Through our digital activities we want to engage families with the nature around them and work towards a future where both people and planet thrive.”
The Pukka Herbs and Natural History Museum’s Tune into Nature family festival comes to all internet-capable devices on Mon 27 July – Sun 9 Aug 2020. Find out more here.