Through educational and skills-based activities inspire 3,000 young people from in and around the National Park to explore and enhance their environment each year.
How are we doing on this objective
Progress: In November 2021, this objective was scaled back from 6,000 young people to 3,000 young people. Almost all planned activities were initially cancelled for 2020/21, however, through on-line sessions and some physical visits to schools, collectively we (YDNPA/YDMT) provided activities for almost 2,000 schoolchildren.
Rationale: Connecting young people with nature is key theme of Defra’s ‘8-Point Plan for National Parks’. The recently-launched ‘25 Year Environment Plan’ set a national target for English National Park Authorities to double the number of schoolchildren they engage with directly each year, from 60,000 to 120,000. There are a number of organisations who deliver education visits and skills based activities in the National Park, including the Field Studies Council; National Trust, and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust through their Green Futures project, which runs until 2021. Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is developing a new project National Park Curriculum and Careers, working with teachers to help them inspire their students about the National Park.
Lead partner: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority;
Cost over 5 years: £3,000,000
Funding shortfall: None
Ecosystem services: Biodiversity; Sense of place and inspiration