A range of outdoor activity, education and residential centres from around the region have become Peak District National Park ‘Ambassador Centres’.
The new partnership agreements between the National Park Authority and centres based in around the Peak District, deliver a commitment for youngsters to learn more about the UK’s original National Park, how to care for it and how to inspire others about the area’s special qualities.
The launch of Ambassador Centres comes as a recent independent review of protected landscapes in England (including National Parks) highlighted the need for more young people to re-connect with the outdoors, and reverse the trend of so-called ‘nature deficit disorder’.
Alongside showcasing the National Park to diverse audiences, centres with ambassador status will also improve their own environmental credentials around aspects such as use of plastics and renewable energy.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s St Michael’s Environmental Education Centre, in Hathersage, is the first to become an Ambassador Centre for the Peak District National Park. It has been providing high quality outdoor learning experiences for primary school children for over 34 years.
More information about our Ambassador Centres is at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/ambassador-centres.