Through educational and skills-based activities inspire 6,000 young people from in and around the National Park to explore and enhance their environment each year.
Progress: Collectively, YDNPA and YDMT provided over 3,000 young people with opportunities to learn about the National Park and to develop new skills through practical conservation, GCSE fieldwork, formal school and youth group visits and John Muir Awards. Still awaiting final figures from other providers.
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