Children walking near Whitby Abbey

National Parks YHA Residential

Take part in an action-packed residential experience with YHA and North York Moors National Park

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This residential teaches teamwork, resilience, determination and practical work.

Participants will also learn about the environment, habitats and how to look after them.

This opportunity is provided by North York Moors National Park.


  • Type: One-night residential
  • Dates: Various - see details
  • Locations: North Yorkshire - see details
  • Cost: Free (fully funded)
  • Suitable for: Groups of up to 10 people, aged 11 - 18 years

About this opportunity

This one-night residential is offered at two YHA locations in North Yorkshire.

It includes an action-packed first day of team building activities, a Ranger Day practical task and hands on Wild Skills in the wonderful surroundings of the North York Moors National Park and its special qualities. Depending on the YHA base, you could be surrounded by SSSI moorland, traditional farmland, heritage coastline and dark skies to view the night sky.

Your second day will be a chance for you to go and discover the local area with your group in a self-led activity. Participants will gain skills in teamwork, resilience, determination and practical work while learning about the environment, habitats and how to look after them.

Activities, accommodation, food, tools and equipment, and PPE are provided.

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 youth social action task close to the groups base, such as cutting back trees on a footpath
  • wild skills - hands-on evening activity to learn about the natural world, such as dark skies

Groups will take part in a combination of team building, Ranger Day and Wild Skill sessions throughout the first day and a self-led discovery day in day two.

Learning outcomes

Participants will benefit from:

  • 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 an overnight bag including toiletries, towel and pyjamas. They will also need outdoor clothing (weather dependent) including suitable footwear, such as old trainers and/or walking boots.

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

YHA Boggle Hole

Whitby, YO22 4UQ

  • 9th - 10th September 2021
  • 6th - 7th November 2021
  • 11th - 12th December 2021

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YHA Whitby

Whitby, YO22 4JT

  • 20th - 21st November 2021
  • 22nd - 23rd January 2022
  • 12th - 13th February 2022

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