Access, Education and Outreach

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We want more people, of all ages and from all sectors of society, to benefit from experiencing what makes our National Parks so special. The National Parks' second purpose is to promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Parks by the public. So this is a fundamental part of what National Park Authorities (NPAs) do.

NPAs provide memorable experiences in a number of ways.  For example, they run engagement programmes and ranger led walks. They provide information in visitor centres and on-line, and create, manage and promote accessible routes for use by people of all abilities.

We reach out to tens of thousands of schoolchildren and students every year through direct education programmes that provide learning outside the classroom. And we work with partners like the John Muir Trust, YHA, National Citizen Service and many others to help young people connect with the natural environment. NPAs supply materials to use in the classroom, offer advice on where to go and what to do, lead field trips, provide teacher training on using the outdoors, and deliver tailored packages. You can also check out our Virtual Classroom hosted on National Parks UK’s website.

Documents –

  • add Evidence to House of Commons Education Select Committee Inquiry (2016)