National Parks throughout the United Kingdom are inspiring future generations to embrace incredible landscapes and connect with nature. Green Pathways – our collection of programmes and learning resources for outdoor educators and youth leaders – is designed to support accessible and inclusive opportunities for young people wherever they live. There are three Green Pathways to explore – Green Shoots, Green Beacons and Green Leaders.
Green Shoots is one of the National Parks’ Green Pathways outreach projects and resources. Working predominantly through links to schools and youth groups, these projects provide inspirational experiences for young people, planting the seeds of ambition to work in the Green Economy.
Green Beacons is all about training and supporting National Parks apprentices, employees, partners and volunteers to be youth leaders: inspirational figures that can help young people fall in love with being outdoors.
Green Leaders is about giving young people the opportunity – today – to take a leadership role in caring for and protecting our National Parks, nature and the environment.
Are you an Educator planning your first outdoors visit? Every location is different and conditions can change quickly. Our education teams can give you expert advice on what to take on your trip, and our National Park Centres can tell you the latest conditions. Here’s a basic list of kit for your students, and extra things a group leader should have too.
Here are some Teaching resources about National Parks and landscapes, find fun activities and fact sheets developed by expert educational teams to support learning about National Parks in the classroom.
Get local outdoor educational advice and support from our expert teams from across the UK about all aspects of teaching, visiting and exploring the outdoors with your students, begin your journey today.
National Parks offer a wide variety of apprenticeship schemes as the foundation to building a career looking after the environment and Youth awards designed to suit all sorts of young people to help them be more connected with nature.