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Youth Engagement

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The North York Moors National Park Authority is engaging with young people from in and around the park to increase knowledge and experience of the environment and how to conserve it. We are a firm believer that exposure to the outdoors and being actively involved in its conservation can be a catalyst for positive change for young people.  As such we offer activities which can complement curriculum awards and target outcomes whilst providing high quality opportunities for youth social action. By taking part in activities young people are able to improve their learning and life chances and enhance their personal and social development through experiential learning. You can find us listed as an Alternative Education Provider with  NYCC

We have three avenues which have shown to work particularly well for young people at risk of exclusion.  Through these avenues young people have become more aware of their capabilities and have developed confidence and self belief.  Sustained participation encourages perseverance, resilience and problem solving skills which have been shown to lead to improved mental health. Tasks encourage personal and social responsibility, risk management, critical thinking, planning and team cohesion whilst building stronger relationships, social skills and an understanding of responsible activity. The ability to develop team work and communication skills enables our young people to work better in environments which require working alongside others.

Practical Ranger Task Days

These are one off practical conservation tasks where groups of young people work on a task given by a Ranger and they become a Ranger for the day.  Tasks are sought in areas near to your school but may require up to 45 minutes travel time. A minimum commitment is at least 2 hours on site to undertake the task. There is no cost for these sessions. Group size: 6 to 12 young people. You are required to make your own travel requirements to site.

Work Placement

These are a programme of practical conservation tasks which take place with the same cohort of young people over a 4-6 week block. Working alongside Rangers or Volunteer Rangers young people gain developmental skills through 1 to 1 working.  Usually the work task is a significant project which the group will see through from start to finish over the 4-6 week block. Tasks are sought in areas near to your school but may require up to 45 minutes travel time. A minimum commitment for these sessions is about 4 hours on site including lunch. The cost per session for 4 young people is £150. You are required to make your own travel requirements to site.

Wild skills

These sessions teach young people the survival and technical skills they need for adventures in the outdoors.  Each session encourages young people to learn new skills, take on challenges and think creatively.  These transferable skills help develop confidence, self-awareness, responsibility and determination.  Young people learn whilst having fun, connecting with others and the environment.

Practical Ranger Day sessions can be intermixed with these taught curriculum linked activities and are based on a cohort of young people coming out for a sustained programme of activity.

Taught sessions can include a mix of the following; you choose which and how many;

Map and navigation skills

Team building

Leadership and resilience

River investigation and water quality

Endangered ecosystems – problems and solutions

Survival skills and bushcraft

The cost per taught session is £150 for between 4-10 young people. The taught sessions take 4 hours including a lunch break and most take place at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. You are required to make your own travel arrangements to the centre.

With all of these sessions the students gain transferable skills for both the world around them and future work places.  They learn how to take ownership and responsibility whilst developing initiative, leadership, perseverance, confidence and much more.  This in turn has proven to aid students on a path of improvement and helps develop a ‘can-do’ attitude.

Quotes from teachers

"Working with the North York Moors National Park Authority has really enabled some of our most hard to reach students to ‘come alive’ and really show themselves in a positive light".  Holly McFarlane, Acklam Grange School

"I am really pleased that pupils chose their day volunteering.  They did a fantastic job and should be proud of themselves". Andrew Gee, Ryedale School

Young people can further their relationship with the National Park  through our Young Ranger Scheme and Conservation Residential.  We also provide a limited number of work experience opportunities each year, subject to availability.  Youth organisations including DofE, Scouts and Guides can access other opportunities by clicking the links.

To enquire about any of these pathways please contact our Youth Engagement Officer 01439 772700

Health and safety

All activities are lead by appropriately qualified and experienced supervisors from the National Park Authority.  All activities begin with an introductory session on safety procedures and full risk assessment reports are available upon request.

Clothing and equipment

Participants should wear old cloths and sturdy walking boots or boots with steel toe caps. Trainers and sandals are not permitted. Footwear and waterproofs can be provided by us with prior notice. PPE is also provided by us.

Physical activity

Come prepared for quite hard work.  Note that same activities involve lifting and these might not be suitable for people with back problems.