Elephant story trail

Elephant Story Trail

Head on an elephant story trail around London!

Bus elephant trail

This summer take part in a unique elephant-themed story trail created by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with the Bupa Foundation and Elephant Family. Follow the elephants around London, all the way from Green Park to St James's Park from 22 June – 12 July. Then catch the elephants altogether in Green Park for a last few days, from 16 July – 23 July.

Find your way with a specially created map and complete nature-themed challenges from our story trail booklet along the way. You'll be finding out about conservation efforts in India and at home, as well as how to look after your mental wellbeing through nature. Can you find all of the elephant families in the park?

Bike elephant trail

Download the activities below and join in the fun! There's a chance to create poems, stories, leaf sculptures and more as you wander between the friendly giants.

If you're feeling inspired after your trail or you can't make it to London, there's lots more activities to have a go at too, including an exciting nature quest!

Illustration © Tallulah Smith 2021


Family elephant trail

Story trail activities

  • Elephant illustration

    Elephant Story Trail

    Take on a new challenge each time you come across a herd of elephants in London's Royal Parks.

    Download the booklet
  • Elephant story trail

    Elephant Story Trail map

    You'll need this map to help you follow the trail and find the elephants located in London's parks.

    Download the map
  • Squirrel and worm

    Go on a nature quest

    If you can't make it to the Elephant Story Trail in London, have a go at an exciting nature quest!

    Read Go on a nature quest now

Elephants in books

  • The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

    The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook

    Try an elephant quiz and create an animal story.

    Download the activity
  • Elephant Petr Horacek

    Elephant by Petr Horacek

    Draw your imaginary friend and find words hidden in the word search.

    Download the activity
  • Ernest the Elephant

    Ernest the Elephant by Anthony Browne

    Spot the jungle animals in a word search and draw an animal.

    Download the activity
  • Elmer

    Elmer by David McKee

    Elmer is everyone's favourite rainbow-coloured elephant! Visit his website to download fun activities.

    Find out more

Nature and wellbeing activities

  • Coexistence logo

    Co existence

    Learn about where the elephants in the trail came from.

    Find out more
  • Bupa Foundation

    Bupa Foundation health benefits of nature

    Discover the impact that nature can have on your mental wellbeing.

    Find out more
  • The Wildlife Trusts logo

    The Wildlife Trusts

    Find out about local and national conservation efforts.

    Get involved
  • RSPB logo white background

    RSPB nature facts

    Learn all about animals' habitats, birds and much more!

    Read RSPB nature facts now
  • Hedgehog house

    Make a hedgehog house

    Create a natural feature in your garden to become a nesting space for hedgehogs!

    Read Make a hedgehog house now

Our partners

  • Bupa Foundation

    Bupa Foundation

    Bupa Foundation helps people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

    Read Bupa Foundation now
  • Elephant Family logo

    Elephant Family

    Elephant Family works to protect Asia’s magnificent wildlife in the most joyful way.

    Find out more
  • Royal Parks

    The Royal Parks

    The Royal Parks cares for each of London's Royal Parks so that everyone can enjoy them.

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