How Northumberland National Park is bringing the outdoors indoors

A campaign led by Northumberland National Park on social media is helping people escape to nature without leaving their home.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 4:51 pm

#OutdoorsIndoors, which launched when the lockdown began, is bringing the unique qualities of the landscape, wildlife, and environment of the park to people at home through a range of content and activities.

It is providing entertainment, education and creative activities which includes engaging blogs, videos and live events highlighting stargazing, wildlife and history.

The activities on offer include new learning resources made available every Monday for parents to download and use with their children; Tweet Tuesdays where ecologists share information and insights to birds; Wild Wednesdays on how you can encourage wildlife to visit your garden, as well as how you can help protect vulnerable species; stargazing from home; digital tours of beauty spots; local history lessons and blogs; Junior Rangers content; and a range of competitions and quizzes including an art competition judged by Lost Words artist Jackie Morris, and a story-writing competition judged by Storytelling Laureate Taffy Thomas.

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Rosie Thomas, director of business development at Northumberland National Park Authority said: “Before the lockdown, Northumberland National Park was a place to come to clear the mind, improve mental well-being and connect with nature and the outdoors, and we are continuing to provide that opportunity through this campaign.

“Our amazing team, who are so used to being out and about in the Park, are bringing their expertise to the public in some brilliantly creative ways, and I would like to thank everyone involved in keeping the Park going.”

The launch of the campaign follows the closure of all buildings and facilities within the Park, and the cancellation of all upcoming events until further notice due to Covid-19. In line with current government guidelines, no one should be visiting the Park, and all car parks are currently closed to the general public.

All content from the campaign can be found on the Northumberland National Park Facebook Page, Instagram (@NorthumberlandNationalPark), and Twitter (@NLandNP) using the hashtag #OutdoorsIndoors.

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