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Event: Celebration of Nature

St Fagans National Museum of History
1 July 2023, 10am - 4pm
Cost Free
Suitability Families

Join us as we celebrate the wealth of nature at St Fagans National Museum of History and around Wales. 

We’ll have our Amgueddfa Cymru scientists on hand to give you a glimpse into the fascinating diversity of life in the woodlands, meadows and gardens of St Fagans. 

Learn from our experts in plants, bugs and everything creepy crawly. 

We’ve partnered with some of local nature-based charities who will add their expertise to the day. 

What Can I Do?

  • Join curators from the Geology department on a tour of the St Fagans buildings to find out more about the stones that built them. Suitable for 12+. Limited availability. Book Tickets

  • Have a tour of the Castle Gardens trees with Garden Conservator, Luciana Skidmore. Suitable for 8+. Limited availability. Book Tickets

  • Have a tour of the trees around the historic buildings with curators from Botany. Suitable for 8+. Limited availability. Book Tickets

  • Take part in a smartphone wildlife hunt, iNaturalist. See information below for more details to help before you arrive.

  • Make a mini micro greens salad garden with Green Squirrel.

  • Play ‘Fossilisation Frenzy’ or get a fossil spotter’s sheet to take to the beach with you. Have I found a fossil?

  • Have a look at some marvellous molluscs from the museum’s collection and see some live molluscs you might find in your own pond. Garden Pond Snails in Wales.

  • Get bee-sy on our insect stall with games and information about our wonderful pollinators.

  • Find out more about the amazing trees in the St Fagans woodlands – perhaps take 5 minutes to calm yourself with some forest bathing. Deciduous trees and shrubs in Wales.

  • Mushrooms and other fungi can be found all through the woodlands. Have a go at some fungi-themed craft activities.

  • Make a willow wand with Welsh Baskets.

  • Find out about the many mosses and meadow plants in St Fagans and make your own pressed plant card. Have I found a moss?

  • Download our Common Garden Birds spotter sheet and hang out in the bird hide to see what you can spot. Common Garden Birds.

  • Find out more about the stones that built the historic houses in St Fagans – Did you know: Oakdale Miners Institute is built from sandstone, formed over 300 million years ago at a time when Wales would have been covered by large rivers, swamps and immense tropical forests!

  • Follow our wildlife trail around the museum – we’ve hidden 10 wooden animals around the site – how many can you find?

Further Information

  • If you have pre-booked tickets for a tour, please go to the Event Information Desk in the Atrium.

  • For sustainability reasons, where possible we are using QR codes for spotter sheets and maps

  • Smartphone wildlife hunt – we are using an app called ‘iNaturalist’ for this. You can download it from your app store and register before you come to the museum. If you would like to get the best out of using this app, the curators will be giving informal drop-in sessions at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. This will be a 5-10 minute explanation of the app and a quick tour to get you started. Of course, you can just go ahead and use it anyway around the site if you don’t want to attend one of these sessions.

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