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Young people offered a taste of the wild

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 30 September 2008

30 September 2008

Young people offered a taste of the wild

Teenagers in Manchester, Sheffield and Derby are being offered a chance to try their hand at bushcraft and survival skills in the Peak District National Park.

Taster days are being held on October 9 and 10 for urban young people’s groups to see whether they would like to join the national park’s Youth Ranger programme. Schools are particularly invited to apply as the programme can lead to GCSE credits.

Youth Ranger project manager Sally Kempson said: “We’re inviting groups of young people aged 13 to 15 just to come out for a day and see if they would like to take up what we offer.

“We’re looking for anyone interested in the environment to come and have a go at surviving in the wild.

“If they then want to sign up to the full Youth Ranger programme, they’ll have the opportunity to help the Peak District National Park in explaining the landscape to the public by producing podcast audio trails. Practical skills such as woodland management and navigation will also be offered.

“The Youth Ranger programme is a short, two-part course offering six credits toward the 12 needed for a GCSE - so it’s a great way to gain a qualification while learning outdoors.

“This kind of scheme is particularly useful for city-based youngsters who may not otherwise get the chance to experience the wild environment. They get the chance to work with our national park rangers and gain practical skills in countryside management.”

The Youth Ranger programme is based at Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park Authority’s environmental learning and conference centre in Castleton.

For full details, contact Sally Kempson on 01433 622469 or Kate Berry on 01433 622458 or e-mail sally.kempson@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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