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Become a Young Ranger in the North York Moors National Park

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The North York Moors National Park Authority is seeking young people aged 11-17 who love the great outdoors to join a special team of volunteer recruits.

The ‘Young Rangers’ group meets once a month on a weekend and provides participants with the opportunity to have a go at practical tasks including bracken bashing, habitat management, tree planting, map navigation and much more. Those in their late teens can also be offered greater responsibility, helping them gain valuable leadership skills for future work places.

Mary-Jane Alexander, Youth Engagement Officer at the North York Moors National Park says. “We aim to provide our Young Rangers with both highly enjoyable and rewarding activities that are something very different to what they might do on an average weekend.  

“We encourage young people to take ownership, responsibility and initiative. Many lack confidence in their abilities to start with, but it’s amazing to see a true ‘can-do’ attitude develop over time.”

For those who might struggle to find transport to the National Park, a free North York Moors minibus will be available to collect Young Ranger volunteers from central pick-up points in the Middlesbrough, Stockton, and Redcar and Cleveland areas.

Attending the sessions can allow young people to work towards initiatives such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or scouting and guiding badges. The National Park Authority also supports participants in achieving a John Muir Award, a national scheme that encourages people to discover, explore and care for a wild place. The first level of John Muir Award (the ‘Discovery Award) can be achieved by attending just four sessions as a Young Ranger volunteer.

The first meeting takes place on Sunday 29 October at Staithes and will include a ‘getting to know you’ walk involving map and navigation skills and some general path clearing. The subsequent dates for 2017 are Sunday 26 November and Saturday 16 December. All sessions are completely free, with Young Rangers needing only to provide a packed lunch, a drink and some suitable outdoor clothing.  

To learn more, or to register as a Young Ranger for the year ahead, please contact Mary-Jane Alexander at, or phone the North York Moors National Park Authority on 01439 772700. 

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Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority.
Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park Authority  

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.  

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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