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Chance for urban teenagers to learn in the wild

This is an archived press release

Monday 25 February 2008

25 February 2008

Chance for urban teenagers to learn in the wild

Urban teachers and community leaders can find out how their young people could learn survival skills, bushcraft, navigation and conservation in the Peak District National Park.

A free taster event is being held for professionals to show how the Youth Ranger programme could open the door to countryside skills and qualifications for urban teenagers who would otherwise miss out.

Areas being targeted include Sheffield, Barnsley, Oldham, Gtr Manchester, Derbyshire Dales, Derby, Kirklees, Macclesfield, Staffordshire and High Peak.

People working with 13-15 year-olds, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, are invited to the event at the national park’s Losehill Hall Environmental Learning Centre, Castleton, from 12pm-5pm on Saturday March 15.

Youth Rangers organiser Sally Kempson said: “We’d really like to show teachers, minority ethnic group leaders and community champions how much their young people could get out of the scheme.

“Teenagers can learn how to navigate the countryside, survive in the wild, interpret the landscape using audio equipment, recognise and protect wildlife, and conservation skills such as dry stone walling and woodland management.

“They can try it out on taster days or sign up for the full Youth Ranger Programme which leads to credits towards a GCSE qualification and other certificates. And apart from that, it’s fun, healthy activity out in the fresh air in beautiful countryside – something many youngsters would otherwise miss out on.”

Youth Rangers work closely with the national park’s rangers to learn the skills needed for their role in looking after the countryside, leading walks and working with volunteers.

To find out more, go to www.youthrangers.com , and to register for the taster course, contact Losehill Hall on 01433 620373, quoting Youth Ranger Programme or e-mail youthranger.admin@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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