Strong demand from Northumberland schools for outdoor learning supported by national park



Northumberland National Park has launched a reclamation program to meet the high demand from schools for outdoor learning.

More than 1,100 student engagements took place between April and July 2021 as part of its apprenticeship program, in 10 different schools in the North East.

During this time, the learning team organized nearly 30 different activities for schoolchildren, including soaking sessions in the Breamish Valley River, geology sessions and dark sky discovery workshops at The Sill.

He is now expanding that work by launching a recovery program to encourage even more schools to get involved.

Rachel Baron, Head of Learning at the Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We were delighted to see so many teachers eager to resume outdoor learning once schools officially reopen in April, even though times were still very uncertain.

“Following the surge of interest in participating in our existing learning activities, we have expanded the recovery program to encourage even more schools to get back into the great outdoors.

“Recovery comes in all its forms, and the beautiful landscape of Northumberland National Park is the perfect place for people to come to recovery together, with nature.

“After the pandemic, many people turned to the outdoors and wild landscapes for their physical and mental well-being; being able to access resources to help schools continue to do so is so important. “

The recovery program has been designed for students of all ages and abilities, with a combination of guided sessions in the national park, sessions delivered in schools, sessions delivered remotely, and digital resources that can be shared with students. teachers.

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