Young people and nature
Young people and nature is a hot topic in 2018. Engaged or not bothered? Dis/connected? ‘Braw’ or naw? See what’s going on through Year of Young People 2018, #iwill, Kick the Dust and more…
Research and feedback
Relevant research and feedback is crucial to creating meaningful resources and experiences. ReRoute and Kick the Dust are looking to gather young people’s views about connecting with nature - find out more.
What are young people doing to get involved? There are plenty of examples from Kick the Dust, #iwill and Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018 that highlight the positive actions that young people are taking.
Scottish Government's Year of Young People 2018
Year of Young People 2018 aims to inspire Scotland through its young people - celebrating their achievements and valuing their contribution. There’s a load going on that young people and youth workers can engage with - find out more about activities and funding.
Year of Green Action (2019)
The Year of Green Action aims to see more people taking action that improves the natural world. In turn encouraging and inspiring others to do the same. Children and young people are at the heart of the year that focuses on three themes – connect, protect, enhance.
As part of the 25 Year Environment Plan the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs will be working with partners from the environmental and youth sectors to promote environmental opportunities that attract young people from all backgrounds.
Young people’s stories
Read a selection of stories written or produced by young people, sharing how they feel about their connection with the nature and the world around them.
Equality of Access
Young people want to experience and engage with the outdoors/nature, and want opportunities to make a difference – that’s a clear message from research and feedback. Equality of access for all is an important issue. Every year since 2001 at least 25% of John Muir Award involvement has been by individuals from ‘inclusion’ backgrounds. And every year the gender split of participation is roughly equal (52-54% male to 48-46% female since 2010). Campaigns such as Freshspace #GirlsGetOot and This Girl Can aim to encourage equality. A recent Journal article Women in the wild focuses on positive role models for females.