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‘What a great opportunity’ – limited spots available for inspiring National Park schemes

Young Rangers listening to National Park Senior Ranger Bernie McLindenYoung Rangers listening to National Park Senior Ranger Bernie McLinden

Two inspirational clubs are on the hunt for youngsters and families wishing to develop a lifelong connection to nature through the stunning surroundings of the North York Moors National Park.

Young explorers collecting potatoes

Organisers from the North York Moors National Park Authority are currently looking for participants from Teesside, Colburn and Catterick to join their Explorer Club and Young Ranger schemes after it recently secured funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Explorer Club works with families and young children whilst the Young Ranger group is for anyone aged between 11 and 17.

Both clubs offer unique experiences to inspire the future stewards of this cherished landscape - from hedge and tree planting, to monitoring scheduled monuments and other conservation work.

Heather McNiff, Head of Education and Youth Engagement at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “This is such a great opportunity for families and youngsters wishing to get outside more and make a positive difference to our landscape. Whether you want to learn new skills as a family, or whether you’re a young person wanting to protect and conserve the natural world – both clubs are a great place to have fun, socialise and do something worthwhile.

“We want to help bridge the gap between individuals and the landscape and encourage more people to benefit from the special qualities of the National Park. Each project has already proven how it can benefit participant’s health and wellbeing and so we want to get the message out there. Come and join in.”

David Renwick, Director of England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, says: “Through our conversations with National Lottery players, we know that nature is incredibly important to them, and funding for the Explorer Club and Young Ranger schemes means that they can play their part in preserving the significant and varied wildlife that the North of England is home to. At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re incredibly proud to be playing a role in ensuring our natural heritage is safeguarded for generations to come, but also that the projects we fund give people the chance to connect with the nature and wildlife that is on their doorsteps.”

Family members join in with the young explorer team

The projects will be running for three years and will target families, children and young people within North Yorkshire and Teesside. If you wish to take part please contact the Education team on 01439 772700 or by sending an email to You can learn more about each group by visiting the School and group visits homepage.

The team is also looking for volunteers to help run the projects so please do get in contact if you wish to help.


Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

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 8 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 wide 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.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases is available on this website.

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