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New recruits needed for Explorer Club

18 November 2013

A project aiming to instil a love and understanding of the natural world in local youngsters is looking for new recruits. The North York Moors National Park Authority's Explorer Club meets one Sunday a month and is aimed at children aged 5-14 and their parents.

The days combine practical conservation projects such as tree planting and footpath restoration with a closer look at the North York Moors' wildlife and habitats. Wildlife cameras, digital microscopes and other kit is on offer to those attending to enhance the experience and families are also given suggestions of activities to do at home. Most of the activities take place in the north of the national park.

Attendees have the opportunity to work towards a John Muir Discovery Award (www.jmt.org) which encourages people to connect, enjoy and care for wild places.

Tammy Andrews, who leads the Explorer Club for the National Park Authority, said:

"Being outside and connecting with nature in some shape or form has huge health benefits yet children are spending less and less time outdoors. For those of us looking to safeguard the natural treasures of the North York Moors this is a great shame – if children don't learn hands-on about bugs, beasties, trees and other wild wonders, why will they want to care for them in the future? Our Explorer Club offers a fantastic opportunity to explore, discover and care for the national park while spending quality time learning as a family."

The next meeting of the Explorer Club is on Sunday 24 November 2013. Interested families are welcome to come along in the afternoon to find out more about what the club entails and meet with other families who have taken part. A new block of six sessions begins on Sunday 15th December 2013 but places are limited. For more information people should contact Tammy Andrews on 07854 718693 or t.andrews@northyorkmoors.org.uk

The North York Moors National Park Authority offers a wide range of opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved in looking after this special place. More information can be found at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/caring. The National Park Authority has signed up to Project Wild Thing (www.projectwildthing.com), a film led movement to get more kids outside and reconnecting with nature.  
 
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