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Monday, 22 August 2016

Get exploring and help conservation, park urges families

Having fun ... club members
and volunteers get exploring.
Families with children aged 4 – 14 are being offered a way to learn about the habitats of the North York Moors national park.

The park's Explorer Club starts at the beginning of next month, meeting one Saturday or Sunday a month for six months.

The park holds an information day from 2pm – 4pm this Sunday (28 August) at its Danby centre. Members will be on hand to talk about their experiences and what they gain from volunteering and being part of the group. There will also be the opportunity to take part in fun activities such as stile building and creating natural works of art so attendees can experience what being part of the project will entail.

The club combines practical conservation projects, such as tree planting and footpath restoration, with a closer look at the North York Moors wildlife and habitats.

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Child-sized tools, binoculars, digital cameras, a wildlife infrared camera and other kit are available to attendees on the day to enhance their experience. Families are also given suggestions of activities to do at home, and will have access to our members only facebook page where they can share their wildlife and exploring experiences with other members.

Those taking part will have the opportunity to gain the John Muir Discovery Award which encourages people of all backgrounds to connect, enjoy and care for wild places.

Club coordinator Tammy Andrews said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for families to spend quality time together while exploring, discovering and caring for their local national park. We hope to instil a life-long love of the environment. It is wonderful to see families having fun together and enjoying all the benefits being outdoors has to offer.”

Derek Benn and his family are members. Derek said “As a family we have had the most amazing experiences with the Explorer Club completing tasks outdoors, learning new skills, making new friends and connecting with nature."

The national park authority says it hopes the experience will stimulate an appreciation of learning outdoors and encourage children to volunteer or apply for work in the park work when they grow up, becoming ambassadors for the North York Moors.

Further information email t.andrews@northyorkmoors.org.uk.

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