Project summary

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Learning at home: Click here to download a presentation on Dragonflies by Ivy one of our Junior Rangers.

Dragonflies ppt

A Tragic Story of Love and Loss...and Wolf Spiders! Check out this video from the Beyond the Classroom Twitter Feed.

Young people are the future of heritage and countryside preservation and Beyond the Classroom is getting more of these individuals involved in all aspects of the South West Peak Landscape Partnership. We are working with the Peak District National Park Junior Ranger programme in order to foster on-going volunteer opportunities long after the Partnership has ended. Additionally, we are coordinating subsidized school visits and working with teachers to create lesson plans and interpretation that fits into their curriculum in a sensible way.

Emphasis in this project is given to field-based skills related to geography and science so that young people can learn how all aspects of the South West Peak landscape work together. We are also focusing on schools that currently do not interact with the Peak District National Park or with the South West Peak so that we can be inclusive of all audiences. Everyone deserves to get out of the classroom once in a while!

Engaging young people with the wonders of the natural world from afar is now the focus of Beyond the Classroom. Have you got children at home for the foreseeable future? Take this quick, anonymous survey and let us know what would help engage them:

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What we're doing

  • Fostering appreciation for physical fitness among young people by exposing them to the great outdoors
  • Offering opportunities for students to learn scientific field skills through practical projects
  • Working with teachers to develop new and exciting programmes that meet their needs
  • Using the John Muir Award scheme to recognise the individual commitment of the young people taking part
  • Encouraging long-term interest of young people by placing them with an existing Junior Ranger group supported by the Peak District National Park
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Opportunities for Schools and Youth Groups!

We have a wide variety of educational opportunities available throughout the South West Peak. Click below to check out everything we have on offer.


Are you Wild About Your School? Click below to learn how we can work together to make your school grounds more inviting to wildlife.


Upcoming activities


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Protecting the natural environment means taking special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees. They provide homes and food for wildlife!

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Who's working on this project?

Jackie Wragg

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Our partners

  • Peak District National Park Authority
  • Peak District National Park Foundation