Take part

If you're interested in exploring the natural world, there are many ways to take part.

We have suggestions to help you:

  • explore, record and reflect on the nature you've seen
  • identify plants, animals and rocks
  • contribute to crowd-sourced science research and monitoring schemes.

Exploring nature

Youth Worker Toolkit

This free downloadable toolkit lists activities and ideas that you can use with young people to explore nature in cities.

Digital nature journal

Whatever you've seen, our digital nature journal gives you a free and easy way to keep track of it all.

Fossil Explorer app

Uncover the ancient plant and animal fossils hidden beneath your feet with our free app. Available for iOS and Android devices.

Magical mystery nature tour

Boost your family's wellbeing with this self-led nature walk and activities that can be used in any park or green space.

Get out and about

Activities to help you get involved with nature, whether you are at home, in the park or on the beach.

Try this at home

A range of nature-themed activities and crafts you can do in and around your home.

Identifying nature

Identify nature

Found an animal, plant or fossil that you'd like to identify? Get help from our guides and apps, or ask Museum experts for advice.

Develop your natural history skills and interests

Take advantage of our Centre for UK Biodiversity's staff, facilities and resources. Bring in your finds to be identified, or book space to study and photograph our collections of UK species.

Helping monitor nature

Community science projects

Contribute to our scientific research. Take part in a wildlife survey, collect samples and data, or help us from home with a digital project.


Come and help wildlife experts to carry out, under a time limit, a real scientific survey known as a BioBlitz.

Other ways to get involved


Volunteers can get involved in all areas of the Museum, from public galleries to behind-the-scenes collections.

Find out about current opportunities.

Wildlife identification training

Our Centre for UK Biodiversity offers a range of training to help build professional wildlife identification and recording skills in UK wildlife.