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Conservation Residential

Action-packed residential with practical conservation tasks in the North York Moors National Park

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Take part in practical conservation tasks on this residential.

This action-packed residential is set in the wonderful surroundings of moorland SSSI and heritage coast of the North York Moors.  

This opportunity is provided by North York Moors National Park.


  • Type: Four-night residential
  • Dates: 2nd - 6th August 2021
  • Location: North Yorkshire - see details
  • Cost: £250 per person
  • Suitable for: Groups aged 16 - 24 years

About this opportunity

This four-night residential is set in the breathtaking surroundings of the North York Moors National Park.

You will gain skills in teamwork, resilience, determination and practical work while learning about the environment, habitats and how to look after them.

Previous residentials have seen participants take part in:

  • drystone walling
  • peat depth surveying
  • path maintenance
  • bug hunting
  • fossil finding

Those completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold level or the Queen's Award can gain the residential sections of the awards. All participants on the residential work towards the John Muir Discovery Award.

Need to know

How it works

Activities vary but may include:

  • team building - shared experience for the group to get to know each other
  • Ranger Day - Practical Youth Social Action tasks close to the groups base, such as cutting back trees on a footpath
  • Wild Skills - hands-on activities to learn about the natural world, such as rockpooling and identifying creatures

Groups will take part in a combination of team building, Ranger Day and Wild Skill sessions throughout the week and work towards the John Muir Discovery Award.

    Learning outcomes

    Participants will benefit from:

    • working towards John Muir Discovery Award - environmental accreditation
    • working towards National Outdoor Learning Award - self reflection accreditation
    • connection to nature, including enhanced overall wellbeing and improved mood
    • improved mental health , including improved confidence and self-esteem, self-awareness and creativity
    • improved physical health, including being active and fine motor skills
    • gaining life, dynamic and employability skills, including team work, independence and responsibility
    • peer support and relationship building between young people
    • relationship building between young people and group leaders

    What to bring

    Participants will need an overnight bag to include toiletries, towel, nightwear, sleeping bag, pillow, outdoor kit including waterproofs and sturdy footwear.

    Accommodation, food, tools and equipment and personal protective equipment (including waterproofs and wellingtons) will be provided. Transport is also available from local pick-up / drop-off points.

    Access guidance

    Where possible, we work with individuals to adapt sessions to suit the group’s needs. Given the outdoor nature of the sessions, this may not always be possible. 

    Dates and location

    Yorkshire Bunkhouse

    Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, YO18 8SA

    • 2nd - 6th August 2021

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    Sample itinerary

    Conservation Residential

    • Day 1: Team building activities; evening campfire
    • Day 2: Practical task; evening wild skill activity - guided walk and geocache
    • Day 3: Practical task; evening wild skill activity - dark skies
    • Day 4: Practical task; evening wild skill activity - games
    • Day 5: Reflection walk and river day session

    Practical tasks and wild skill activities will depend on tasks available close to the group’s base and the type of site and environment the group will be based for that day.

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