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Over 18,000 youngsters reached as part of large-scale outdoor education programme

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It has been revealed how educators from the North York Moors National Park Authority engaged hundreds more young people as part of their innovative schools and outreach programme. The scheme, designed to help youngsters experience, understand and enjoy the spectacular countryside and coast of the North York Moors made contact with 18,559 students for the 2018/2019 academic year – an increase of 500 on the previous year.

School children on coastal education activity

Heather McNiff, Head of Education and Youth Engagement at the North York Moors National Park Authority said: “We are thrilled that we can continue to expand our work delivering inspiring learning outside of the classroom opportunities. We have been able to achieve this not only through our classes, but by attending schools and conducting assemblies.

“We offer so much variety in all of our activities, all of which are directly linked to the national curriculum. We are very proud of the work we do and at a time of such ecological uncertainty it is absolutely vital that we can engage young people in the natural world.”

Children attending education activity

The team offers around 50 different inspiring activities for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2, right up to Key Stage 3 and above. Activities such as ‘The Woodlings and the Wish Dragon’ allow children to develop key academic skills whilst taking part in fun outdoor activities. Older students can also carry out fieldwork investigations relating to rivers, coasts, carbon, climate change and endangered ecosystems.

Also, whilst many schools part ways with their students for the summer break, National Park staff keep going. This summer the team and a dedicated group of volunteers worked with 300 children and members of their family for whom travelling to the National Park is difficult. They also delivered 29 different events to another 700 children.

Education Officer Jonathan Green said: “This highlights our strong desire not only to reach youngsters during term time but also through the school holidays. We have found that many children thrive in a varied learning environment and we allow them to develop skills and have experiences that they might otherwise not be able to have. We would like to encourage more schools to see this as an opportunity to provide a unique experience for their students to help them flourish into well-rounded, environmentally sensitive individuals.”

The North York Moors National Park website provides full details of lesson plans and learning objectives, making it easy for any school to make a booking as well as choosing the activities best suited for their students. Many activities are based at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby and the Sutton Bank National Park Centre, while some are based at other locations in the National Park. The activity location will be agreed during the booking process. 

If you would like to learn more about the Education service please visit the School and group visits webpage.


Media contacts

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
T: 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 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 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. To view other press releases and for further information about the National Park, please visit the North York Moors National Park homepage.