Kids invited to explore moors’ wild outdoors

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A project aiming to instil a love and understanding of the natural world in youngsters is looking for new recruits.

The North York Moors’ Explorer Club combines practical conservation projects such as tree planting and footpath restoration with a closer look at the wildlife and habitats within the national park.

Tammy Andrews, who leads the Explorer Club, said: £Being outside and connecting with nature in some shape or form has huge health benefits, yet children are spending less and less time outdoors.

For those of us looking to safeguard the natural treaseures of the North York Moors this is a great shame - if children don’t learn hands-on about bugs, beasties, trees and other wild wonders, why will they want to care for them in the future?

“Our Explorer Club offers a fantastic opportunity to explore, discover and care for the national park while spending time learning as a family.”

Wildlife cameras, digital microscopes and other kit is on offer to those attending the club to enhance the experience and families are also given suggestions of activities to do at home.

Attendees also have the opportunity to work towards a John Muir Discover Award, which encourages people to enjoy and care for wild places.