Toyota has teamed up with naturalist and adventurer Steve Backshall to provide ideas for adventures in nature to keep kids amused during the summer holidays.
Steve, a father of three young children and presenter of Deadly 60 and Expedition with Steve Backshall, is passionate about encouraging children to be free in nature.
He and his wife, two-time Olympic champion and triple world champion rower, Helen Glover, spent their respective childhoods exploring the Surrey heathland and Cornish beaches.
They are keen to share their experience of simple ways to get families to explore the outdoors, whatever the weather.
Steve said, “For many parents, bug-hunting and pond-dipping are reminiscent of their own childhoods, while for others, new ideas for outdoor experiences will help increase knowledge and appreciation of the natural world and will entertain kids of any age during the long school holidays.”
Steve’s trusted wild adventure companion is the new RAV4 Plug-in Hybrid SUV, which is ideal for a family expedition to the British countryside.
It offers low emissions and drives by default in all-electric mode. It can cover up to 46 miles on a full battery charge and will automatically switch to hybrid electric mode when extra power is needed.
All-wheel drive is standard, so it is perfect for countryside driving, and it comes with a selectable Trail Mode to help negotiate more challenging off-road conditions. It is also spacious – with plenty of boot space for naturalist kit, picnics and spare clothes.
Wildlings: How to raise your family in nature, is published by Two Roads, from £13.99 in most good bookshops.