National Parks

The 10 English National Parks work together to give people incredible opportunities to explore amazing spaces.

National Parks are world-class landscapes with the power to inspire everyone.

They’ve been designated on behalf of the entire nation because of their incredibly special qualities. Stunning natural beauty, beautiful wildlife and fascinating cultural heritage make these living and working landscapes truly unique.

There are 10 National Parks in England: Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, New Forest, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, South Downs and Yorkshire Dales.  Each one has been designated as a protected landscape because of its special qualities.

Each National Park is different and remarkable in its own way, but all work together as part of a big family.

Opportunities

South Downs National Park

Connecting Schools with National Parks

Take part in this series of online teacher training sessions and discover South Downs National Park.

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Woman walking in Yorkshire Dales

Conserver Residential or Day Visit

Learn new skills and help nature with Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Windmill in countryside

Discovering the Broads

Learn about the history, heritage, wildlife and special qualities of the Broads National Park.

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Hadrian's Wall

Discover the Wall Guided Walk

Take a walk along Hadrian's Wall and learn about history with Northumberland National Park.

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Children in forest

Exmoor National Park Residential

Connect with nature on this residential with Exmoor National Park.

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Peak District view

Green Skills Residential or Day Visit

Your chance to enjoy, care and be a pioneer for the Peak District National Park.

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Children overlooking National Park

Junior Ranger Social Action Residential

Combine adventurous activities with social action plans at Dartmoor National Park.

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Group skimming stones

Wild Skills and Green Action Residential

Take part in an environmental action-packed weekend with Lake District National Park.

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Teenage boy running in forest

Wild Spaces Youth Project

Be inspired by what’s on offer in the New Forest National Park.

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Statement from the Chief Executive

"It’s very exciting to have been awarded this substantial funding, which will enable more young people than ever before to access, enjoy and learn about our wonderful National Parks.

"We know a significant proportion of children, almost 20%, living in the most deprived areas of England never visit the natural environment at all – and this must change. As the nation’s breathing spaces and with some of our most stunning and varied countryside, National Parks offer the perfect opportunity for young people to learn outside. Whether it be a school trip to a National Park or a volunteering day surveying wildlife, it’s these kinds of experiences that can inspire a lifetime of caring for the environment.

"Outdoor learning experiences are also hugely beneficial for mental health and wellbeing and the pandemic has underlined the profound need for this kind of inspirational education provision."

Trevor Beattie, Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park and Education Portfolio Lead for National Parks UK

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Other project partners

The 10 English National Parks are delivering the Generation Green project as part of Access Unlimited, a coalition of not-for-profit school residential and educational providers.

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