Volunteers in environmental education & outdoor learning


Are you passionate about the outdoors and learning? If you are a young person looking to gain experience in outdoor education, or have existing skills to engage children and young people and would like to use these exploring the environment, volunteering with the Learning and Discovery Team may be for you.

Have you got some time to spare and a wish to make a difference?

Why not join our team!

We have a range of opportunities from working with our leaders delivering school visits and family learning activities, to back room activities developing  props and managing our website and social media, as well as long term student placements.  We offer training opportunities and valuable experience that could add to your work profile.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and are all ages. They have one thing in common a love of the Peak District National Park and a wish to share this with others.

Our volunteers enjoy:

  • Sharing a love of the outdoors with other people.
  • Engaging children and young  people to explore the outdoor environment
  • Using skills such as photography and IT to contribute to the work of the Learning and Discovery Team
  • Applying  practical skills and learning new skills such as making and building props and resources

The skills and experience I gained as a volunteer here directly contributed towards me gaining a place on a teacher training course and paid employment’

‘As a retired person volunteering gives me something meaningful to do with my skills’

Case study

Annie RuddAnnie Rudd, 17, a sixth form student, from Glossop, is our youngest volunteer. She started volunteering during the summer of 2014. 

Annie got into volunteering for the national park because she wanted to help keep the place beautiful for other people to enjoy as much she does.  She is also keeping up a family tradition as her dad used to volunteer as a national park ranger.

“I love volunteering for the national park and get out as often as I can – it’s a great hobby because it gets me out into the fresh air and working in amazing surroundings.

“I’ve done different things that help the environment – like taking Himalayan Balsam out of ditches and verges. It’s an invasive species that clogs things up and it feels good to get rid of it so that native plants have a better chance. 

“Also I’ve helped remove the tree-guards from young trees next to the Longdendale Trail – you can see where you’ve been and made the countryside look so much better – and that makes it worth doing.

“It’s easy to get involved. You don’t need to worry about health and safety and things like that as people show you what to do – the other volunteers and rangers are fun to work with.

“Hopefully I will be going away to university but I want to carry on volunteering when I come back.”

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