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Discovery backpacks

Borrow a backpack and discover more of the great outdoors

Little girl with a discovery backpack looking through a brush

We’re offering young visitors to two of our visitor centres a helping hand to get up close to nature this summer.

You can borrow one of our free discovery backpacks at these visitor centres:

  • Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth
  • Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau

What's in the backpacks?

Each backpack contains useful goodies like binoculars, a magnifying glass, a bug pot and nature identification cards along with a guide explaining how to use them.

The backpacks also include some challenges to help get your nature hunt started.

Try out bark rubbing, have a go a bird spotting, or set off on a search for mini-beasts in the woods.

How do I borrow a backpack?

There is no charge to borrow a discovery backpack, but a parent or other adult will be asked to fill in a brief registration form and leave a deposit.

Backpacks are issued on arrival and cannot be booked in advance.

Let's go discover!

Whatever you fancy doing, you will be all set for a family adventure in the great outdoors with one of our new discovery backpacks!

Read our top tips for a family day out in our woodlands and National Nature Reserves.

Please note

  • The backpacks are only available at the Natural Resources Wales visitor centres at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, near Aberystwyth; and Coed y Brenin Forest Park, near Dolgellau
  • There is a limited supply of backpacks at each visitor centre and they are issued on a first come, first served basis

Want a backpack of your own?

Then enter our photo competition.

Take some photos on your walk, then post your favourite one on our Facebook page to enter the competition.

Discover BackpackBy entering the competition you agree to the terms and conditions:

  1. Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer, but Natural Resources Wales reserves the right to publish, in print and on its internet pages, all entries free of charge
  2. Photograph consent must be obtained for children under 18 who are appearing in entries. This must be for print and internet purposes. By entering the competition it is presumed this permission has been given
  3. In all matters relating to this competition and the results, the judges’ decision is final
  4. Winning entrants agree to have their photo taken for publicity purposes

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