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

Day visits

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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South Downs at sunset

Explore, Appreciate and Learn in Nature Day Visit or Residential

Sign up to explore the South Downs National Park.

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Childing sitting in lake

Great Green Action Day Visit

Action-packed days for primary school children in the Lake District National Park.

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Youth group in the Peak District

Green Action Day Visits and Residential for Youth Groups

Inspirational day visits and residential experience with Peak District 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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Group of adults by trees

Practical Ranger Days

Experience being part of the Ranger Team at Northumberland National Park.

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School group walking in a forest

Ranger School

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

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Family group outdoors

Sill Scramble

Take part in a themed obstacle event with Northumberland National Park.

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The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre exterior

The Sill Building Tour

Take a tour of The Sill and find out all about the building with Northumberland National Park.

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Group collecting litter in a forest

Wild Skills Day Visit

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

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Two adults walking in nature

Youth Action Day Visit or Residential

Learn practical skills and help conserve and enhance the South Downs National Park.

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Residentials

Group of teenagers walking in forest

Conservation Residential

Action-packed residential with practical conservation tasks in the North York Moors 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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Children in forest

Exmoor National Park Residential

Connect with nature on this residential with Exmoor National Park.

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South Downs at sunset

Explore, Appreciate and Learn in Nature Day Visit or Residential

Sign up to explore the South Downs National Park.

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Child standing on rocks

Great Green Action Residential

Action-packed residential experience for primary school children in the Lake District National Park.

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Youth group in the Peak District

Green Action Day Visits and Residential for Youth Groups

Inspirational day visits and residential experience with Peak District National Park.

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School group in the Peak District

Green Action Residential for Schools

Inspirational residential experience offered by Peak District 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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Children walking by 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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Norfolk beach

Wild East Residential

This action-packed residential experience offers an introduction to looking after the Broads 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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Exmoor National Park

Young Rangers Residential

Experience, enjoy and understand Exmoor National Park with this exciting residential experience.

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Two adults walking in nature

Youth Action Day Visit or Residential

Learn practical skills and help conserve and enhance the South Downs National Park.

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Woman climbing a tree

Youth Social Action Residential

Action-packed residential with practical conservation tasks in the North York Moors National Park.

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Training, development and volunteering

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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Teenagers in school classroom

Green Careers

Learn about green careers at your school or online with North York Moors National Park.

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Man with compass in countryside

Navigation Training

Develop your outdoor skills and achieve a recognised award with Northumberland 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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