Helping pupils learn skills and discover the natural world

The Northumberland National Park's New Naturalist programme gives sixth formers across the county the opportunity to learn field skills relating to exploring and discovering the natural environment.
The Northumberland National Park's New Naturalist programme gives sixth formers across the county the opportunity to learn field skills relating to exploring and discovering the natural environment.

Sixth-formers who might be considering a career in conservation or the environment are being encouraged to take part in a special project led by Northumberland National Park.

It is part of a range of new educational activities connected to The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, whose purpose is to open up the landscapes of the national park and surrounding areas to a broad range of new people.

To meet this challenge, a comprehensive programme of interpretation, educational and participatory activities is being rolled out.

The New Naturalist project is one of these and has been specially designed to give young people in the county a unique learning opportunity where they can gain practical experience and pick up a range of different field skills connected to exploring and discovering the natural environment within the park. Upon completion, participants will receive the nationally-acclaimed John Muir Award.

Park ranger Shaun Hackett, who is leading the Rothbury-based programme, said: “New Naturalists is another exciting and inspiring educational activity connected to The Sill.

“We believe that young people should have the opportunity to enjoy learning and use the National Park to deliver mainstream education subjects through real-life examples which inform and inspire.”

Contact shaun.hackett@nnpa.org.uk