This week we have had the privilege of hosting almost 500 school children from 11 schools across rural and inner-city locations as we ran our 3rd “Lets Learn Moor” event on the North York Moors.
Building on the success of the 2017 and 2018 joint venture between BASC and NYMMO, this year’s ‘Let’s Learn Moor’ took place simultaneously across a further five regional locations ran by moorland groups in Forest of Bowland, Nidderdale, North Pennines, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, each one delivering a brilliant outdoor learning experience to a massive total of 1400 children in just one week.
Working alongside partner organisations the events delivered education and activities specific to each moorland area. NYMMO game keepers worked alongside the North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire Police, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue, John Cavana Dog Training and Luke the Shepherd.
The children enjoyed getting close to the animals who really did play a starring role over the 3 days, the “Red Arrows” Gun Dog Display with Ralph and Anna, relaxing with Chainsaw Charlie the Ferret and Flossing with Floss the sheepdog.
Education is key but so is fun and these children will hopefully have had a really memorable day in the big outdoor classroom. Our aim was to tell the story of the moors and how everyone interacts and works together to make the moorland what it is. The North York Moors is a very special and popular place and hopefully these children will be returning for another visit soon.
All of the children were given a NYMMO goodie bag to take home which contained one of the new colourful fun NYMMO activity workbooks.
Over the course of the 3 days we even had 3 separate walkers enjoy a little education and have their photos taken with some of the game keepers.
It is with pride that we look back and realise how far we have come since the day Gareth Docherty (BASC) approached us with the “Lets Learn Moor” concept in 2017. We are now looking forward to moving this event on even further for 2020 and educating as many school children as we can in all areas of moorland life.