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B5 – Educational & skills-based activities

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 the local partners are doing on this objective

Progress: Collectively, the YDNPA, Bolton Abbey estate and Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust ran curriculum based outdoor sessions with primary and secondary schools inspiring just under 6,000 young people to engage with nature in 2022/23. Activities included river investigation; navigation & survival skills; woodland investigation; arts & crafts.

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;

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust; Field Studies Council; National Trust

Further information:  Field Studies Council (Malham Tarn), Green Futures, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

Cost over 5 years:  £3,000,000

Funding shortfall:   None

Related objectives: B4; B6; B7; F6

Ecosystem services: Biodiversity; Sense of place and inspiration

Trade-offs: None