Group collecting litter in forest

Wild Skills Day Visit

Learn to understand the natural world with North York Moors National Park

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Wild Skills teaches young people the survival and technical skills they need to understand the natural world.

All this while having a sense of adventure in the outdoors too!

This opportunity is provided by North York Moors National Park.


  • Type: Four-hour activity
  • Dates: Various (confirmed as part of booking process)
  • Location: North Yorkshire / Redcar and Cleveland - see details
  • Cost: Free (fully funded)
  • Suitable for: Groups of 4 - 10 people, aged 11 - 18 years

About this opportunity

Each Will Skills day session will run from 10am - 2pm, encouraging young people to learn new skills, take on challenges and think creatively.

These transferrable skills help develop confidence, self-awareness, responsibility, resilience and a positive can do attitude. Young people learn while having fun, connecting with others and the natural world.

Need to know

How it works

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

Groups can form their own programme of sessions from taught Wild Skills sessions and practical Ranger Day sessions.

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 suitable footwear, such as old trainers and/or walking boots, plus a packed lunch. Waterproofs and wellingtons can be provided by the park.

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 locations

Sutton Bank Visitor Centre

Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Various weekday dates from May 2021 - February 2022

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The Moors National Park Centre

Danby, Whitby, YO21 2NB

Various weekday dates from May 2021 - February 2022

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