Our work has four main strands:
- The WildED school workshop programme targets young people from disadvantaged backgrounds living in urban areas; we work with secondary schools in which an average of 47% of pupils are in receipt of pupil premium. Through inspiring workshops, led by young conservation professionals working in the field, we support students in delivering local conservation projects that positively impact biodiversity, increase connection to nature and build soft skills.
- Residential Conservation Camps allow us to give smaller groups, from a mixture of backgrounds, transformational experiences in nature and work in more depth to build the youth environmental leaders of the future. Participants connect with nature through mindfulness activities, natural history walks and hands on conservation work with Action for Conservation rangers and develop the skills to take action locally.
- Following camp, participants join our one-year Ambassador Programme of mentoring, support and a range of further events and training sessions that empower them to lead change in their own communities and become powerful youth voices for nature nationally. This programme is the foundation for our work to build a youth movement for conservation.
- The Penpont Project, our newest initiative, is the largest youth-led nature restoration project of its kind in an effort to reverse devastating ecological breakdown and create a global gold-standard for youth-led environmental action. Taking place on an upland estate in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, the pioneering project will be run by a Youth Leadership Group of twenty 12-17 year olds from diverse backgrounds. Working in partnership with tenant farmers, the landowners, conservationists and local stakeholders, they will restore habitats and ecosystems and explore innovative farming and forestry approaches to provide a healthy support system for people, biodiversity and agriculture.