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Green Action Residential for Schools

Inspirational residential experience offered by Peak District National Park

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This fully funded Green Action Residential provides inspirational experiences for schools.

Participants will take part in an instructed programme led by our Green Beacons (trained educators, youth leaders and volunteers).

This opportunity is provided by Peak District National Park.


  • Type: One-night residential
  • Dates: Various - see details
  • Locations: Derbyshire - see details
  • Cost: Free (fully funded)
  • Suitable for: Groups aged 7 - 14 years

About this opportunity

This one-night residential takes place in the inspirational landscape of the Peak District National Park.

Participants will take part in an instructed programme led by our Green Beacons (trained educators, youth leaders and volunteers). Together with experiencing an unforgettable night under the stars, in accommodation provided by YHA.

All experiences are designed to grow nature connectedness as a means to enhance physical and mental wellbeing. And to take Green Action as custodians for the landscape #PeakDistrictProud.

Need to know

How it works

Activities vary by location but may include:

  • learning how to stay safe in the countryside with navigation skills
  • exploring different habitats
  • trying mindfulness and nature connection activities
  • having a go at caring for our landscape through practical conservation tasks

Learning outcomes

Participants will benefit from:

  • understanding of personal responsibilities and opportunities to undertake pro-environmental behaviours and actions
  • building resilience and a connection to nature
  • health and wellbeing benefits through mindful activity in nature
  • working towards the John Muir Award

Access guidance

If your group has additional needs or requirements, please contact the Peak District National Park before booking. You can email the team directly at [email protected].

Dates and locations

YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WB

  • 20th - 21st September 2021

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YHA Hathersage

Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1EH

  • 20th - 21st September 2021
  • 23rd - 24th September 2021

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YHA Ilam Hall

Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AZ

  • 13th - 14th October 2021
  • 20th - 21st October 2021

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YHA Ravenstor

Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8SS

  • 14th - 15th September 2021
  • 23rd - 24th September 2021
  • 29th - 30th September 2021

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Sample itinerary

Green Action Residential for Schools

Timings can be flexible to accommodate travel.

Day 1

  • Depart school on coach and travel to YHA.
  • Arrive and drop off bags into storage.
  • Day activity: connecting to nature - navigation and mindfulness. Together explore the surrounding countryside, working as a team to learn how to use a map to find your way and the skills to stay safe. Immerse into nature.
  • Access rooms.
  • Evening meal (catered).
  • Evening activity: dark skies - find out more about the special qualities of the National Park at night.
  • Overnight in YHA bunk accommodation - under school supervision (no project leaders support).

Day 2

  • Breakfast and collect packed lunches (catered).
  • Day activity: caring for nature - practical task learning to look after our countryside, and find out what lives there. This could be improving habitats for birds, bugs and bees, planting trees or taking pro-environmental behaviours in a social action.
  • Depart on coach back to school.

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