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Young nature detectives get up close and personal in the National Park Stephen Garnett

Generation Green

Funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund, Generation Green is creating jobs, volunteering and training opportunities, and offering outdoor and online learning experiences. It aims to provide more than 100,000 opportunities to connect young people to nature – many for the first time – and to cultivate a sense of care for the natural environment.

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Project partners

Generation Green is an Access Unlimited consortium project and will be led by the Youth Hostel Association. The consortium includes: The Outward Bound Trust, Scouts, Girlguiding, Field Studies Council and the 10 English National Parks.

Generation Green in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Here at the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) a specially recruited Youth Volunteering Officer and Youth Engagement Officer will be working with staff from our Access & Engagement team and the wider organisation to offer a wide range of opportunities for schools, individuals and groups to get involved – these include:

  • FREE Youth Volunteering Programme for young people aged 14-30. Our youth volunteering opportunities will support a route to employment in the ‘green economy’ through experiences, skills, training and career development opportunities. This will be through Dales Action Days and our Up Skill, Down Dale supported skilled volunteer placements programme.
  • FREE residentials. Our Nature Discoverer, Nature Explorer and Youth Volunteering Programme offer free residential stays at YHAs across the National Park – please get in touch for details.

All these programmes are delivered by skilled YDNPA staff. All staff and volunteers have enhanced DBS status and First Aid qualifications. Risk assessments will be provided by YDNPA.

Who can participate?

Our work will be focused on young people who are traditionally less likely – due to social, economic and cultural factors – to connect with nature, or engage with nature and nature preservation/conservation.

Want to find out more?

For the Nature Discoverer and Nature Explorer days and residentials please contact

For the Youth Volunteering programmes – Dales Action Days and Up Skill, Down Dale – please contact