Wild Nights Out: The Magic of Exploring the Outdoors After Dark

Regular price $ 19.95

by Chris Salisbury

Chelsea Green Publishing

6/3/2021, paperback

SKU:  9781603589932


The go-to guide for exploring nature at night, whether on summer holidays, weekends away or even back garden adventures!

Learn how to call for owls, walk like a fox and expand your sensory perceptions. Wild Nights Out is a wonderful new hands-on guide for those who wish to take kids (of all ages) outdoors for fun, thrilling nighttime nature adventures.

Parents, grandparents, teachers and nature educators alike will discover a wealth of unique activities to explore the natural world from dusk till dawn. Alongside games, walks and exercises to expand our senses, storyteller and outdoor educator Chris Salisbury will bring this unexplored nocturnal dimension to life with lore about badgers, bats and minibeasts as well as tales of the constellations and planets to share around the campfire.

In Wild Nights Out you can expect to find:

    25 fun and informative games and activities Practical information on how to conduct night walks safely Animal facts and stargazing stories Beautiful black-and-white illustrations throughout

Nature has so much to offer at night, so let Wild Nights Out be your guide to the dark. It will boost the resilience and self-confidence of children and adults, and instill a lifelong love of having fun in the outdoors when the sun goes down.


"This book is so timely as we continue to rediscover the well-being benefits of reconnecting with the natural world. It will be a great source of inspiration and practical direction for anyone interested in helping to bring to life the nocturnal nature that is close at hand for people of all ages. I strongly recommend this book written by an expert facilitator in an engaging and accessible way - it will no doubt inspire you, like it did me, to venture out after dark and appreciate afresh the wonderful world in which we live." --Paul Warwick, associate professor, Sustainable Education and Civic Futures, University of Plymouth, UK

"Wild Nights Out is the night's song, seducing us like a siren on a rock, beckoning us to dive deep into an enchanted world. Chris Salisbury has collated a hundred reasons to step over this threshold and explore, perhaps for the first time, the wonder of the wild night. Stars, stories, songs and games come out of his wizard's hat to reacquaint us with the mysteries of nocturnal nature. As an educator and parent, I'm so glad this book has been offered to a world hungry for meaning and connection." --Charlotte Church, singer and broadcaster; founder, Awen Project

About the Author:

Chris Salisbury founded WildWise in 1999 after many years working as an education officer for Devon Wildlife Trust. With a background in the theatre, a training in therapy and a career in environmental education, he uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world. Chris directs the acclaimed Call of the Wild Foundation programme for educators-in-training as well as Where the Wild Things Are, a rewilding adventure based at Embercombe in Devon. He is also a professional storyteller (aka 'Spindle Wayfarer') and is the co-founder and artistic director for the Westcountry and Oxford Storytelling Festivals. Chris lives in the enchantment of the Dart Valley, Devon, UK with his lovely wife, two pesky children, and an astonishing dog called Dexter.