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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
  • Dyfi: Ynyslas National Nature Reserve, near Aberystwyth

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

Discover Backpack

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