School group walking through forest

Ranger School

Develop wild skills through five days of activities with North York Moors National Park

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Ranger School is a combination of Wild Skills sessions as a week-long programme.

Sessions are held at North York Moors National Park visitor centres and locations close to the group's base.

This opportunity is provided by North York Moors National Park.


  • Type: Five day visits
  • Dates: Various - see details
  • Location: North Yorkshire / Redcar and Cleveland
  • Cost: Free (fully funded)
  • Suitable for: Groups aged 11 - 18 years

About this opportunity

Ranger School means taking part in an exciting programme of Wild Skills over a week.

Activities vary but may include:

  • team building - countryside problem solving activities based on communication and collaborative working
  • map and navigation - how to use a map and compass and navigate a short walk
  • river day - the importance of studying invertebrates to judge the level of pollution in a water course
  • survival day - retracing the steps of the park’s ancestors while building shelters and fire
  • ranger day - practical youth social action tasks close to the group’s base, such as cutting back trees to clear a footpath

Need to know

How it works

Activities vary but may include:

  • team building - a shared experience for the group to get to know each other
  • ranger day - practical 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.

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

As a guide, participants will need to bring outdoor clothing (weather dependent) including waterproofs and suitable footwear, such as old trainers and/or walking boots. Support can be provided if this is a barrier to participation.

Access guidance

Where possible, we work with groups 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

North York Moors National Park

Various sites

  • 1st - 5th June 2021
  • 23rd - 27th August 2021
  • 25th - 29th October 2021
  • 21st - 25th February 2022

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Sample itinerary

Ranger School

  • Day 1: Team building activities
  • Day 2: Practical task and wild skill activity
  • Day 3: Practical task and wild skill activity
  • Day 4: Practical task and wild skill activity
  • 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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