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Families with children aged 4 – 14 are invited to take part in the next round of the North York Moors National Park’s Explorer Club which starts at the beginning of September. Meeting one Saturday or Sunday a month for six months, the club is a great way for families to learn about the habitats of the National Park while having an active role in caring for them.

An information day for families to find out more about the Explorer Club and what it involves is being held from 2.00pm – 4.00pm on Sunday 28 August at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. Existing Explorer Club members will be on hand to talk about their experiences and what they get out of volunteering and being members of the club. There will also be the opportunity to take part in fun activities such as stile building and creating natural works of art so attendees can experience what being part of the project will entail.

The Explorer Club combines practical conservation projects, such as tree planting and footpath restoration, with a closer look at the North York Moors wildlife and habitats. Child-sized tools, binoculars, digital cameras, a wildlife infrared camera and other kit are available to attendees on the day to enhance their experience. Families are also given suggestions of activities to do at home, and will have access to our members only ‘facebook’ page where they can share their wildlife and exploring experiences with other Explorer Club members.

Those taking part will be given the opportunity to gain the John Muir Discovery Award. This environmental award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places.

Tammy Andrews, Explorer Club Co-ordinator said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for families to spend quality time together while exploring, discovering and caring for their local National Park. We hope to instil a life-long love of the environment. It is wonderful to see families having fun together and enjoying all the benefits being outdoors has to offer.”

Derek Benn and his family are current Explorer Club members. Derek said “As a family we have had the most amazing experiences with the Explorer Club completing tasks outdoors, learning new skills, making new friends and connecting with nature. The days are really well organised, safe and well led.  It never ceases to amaze me what we are able to achieve together, like the time my four year old daughter was using a saw (under guidance) to clear woodland scrub.”

The National Park Authority hopes this experience will stimulate an appreciation of learning outdoors and encourage children to volunteer or apply for National Park work when they grow up, becoming ambassadors for the North York Moors.

Places on the information day are limited so booking is essential. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis!

For more information on the Explorer Club and to reserve a place on the information day, contact Tammy Andrews on 01439 772700 or email t.andrews@northyorkmoors.org.uk.

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Media contact

Tel: 01439 772700

Alison Harris, Media and Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority a.harris@northyorkmoors.org.uk

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. Nearly 14% of its staff are apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

The UK’s 15 national parks are hugely popular with the public - in a poll undertaken by the UK Association of National Park Authorities in February 2013, 93 per cent of people felt national parks were areas of national importance. Public spending on national parks in England is less than £1 per person per year. More information on the UK’s national parks can be found at www.nationalparks.gov.uk