Research and feedback
Relevant research and feedback is crucial to creating meaningful resources and experiences. Find out more about initiatives that are looking to gather young people’s views about connecting with nature.
Youth voices on nature
Across the world, young people are speaking up and taking positive action for nature; there’s never been a more important time to actively listen to and involve young people, ensuring that they feel empowered in the difference they can make for people and planet. Click here to see some research that’s caught our attention recently.
Supporting young people’s mental health – how urban nature can help
This practice guide, developed through the Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature research projects, shares young people’s ideas and starting points for organisations looking to adapt, expand or develop their activities to support young people’s mental health through nature connection. Download the guide, and learn more about project’s findings, here.
When teenagers fall out of love with nature
A study has found that young people’s connection to nature drops sharply from the age of 11 and doesn’t recover until they are 30 – with implications for engagement with pro-environmental behaviours such as recycling or buying eco-friendly products. Read more about the findings, and possible reasons behind it, here.
ReRoute Youth Panel Recommendations – How do they apply to where you work?
ReRoute, Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel, produced a Recommendations Report in June 2018. It’s directed at Scottish Natural Heritage. We think it offers a valuable audit tool for organisations across a range of sectors to see how their work tallies with expectations of young people.
Click here to read the John Muir Trust interpretation of these Recommendations, and to find a blank template to consider how your own/other organisations can respond to them.
Impact Report – young people make a significant positive impact on the environment
See how young people made a difference to wild nature by meeting the Conserve Challenge of the John Muir Award during Year of Young People 2018.
“It felt good to do something for others and work outside in fresh air.”
In 2015, across the UK young people from all walks of life contributed 30,975 days of youth social action for the natural environment. Achieving a John Muir Award provides opportunities for young people to show their commitment to making a difference - read more in our Youth Social Action Conserve Audit.
Vision for Nature Report
In 2016, A Focus on Nature published a ‘Vision for Nature’ report, based on the premise that the natural world of the future will be shaped by the decisions of today. The report sets out how young people would like the natural world to look by 2050 and how they think we should get there. A Focus on Nature used focus groups, social media, online surveys and interviews to gather the views of nearly 200 young people. Report results showed that 90% of young people think politicians protecting nature is important and that the environment is their top voting priority.
Keeping It Wild – a Kick the Dust project consultation
Read what young Londoners feel about natural heritage and their local environment here.
As part of Year of Young People 2018, the John Muir Trust co-designed a micro-survey with young people to help voice young people’s views about the outdoors/nature. Thanks to all who participated and to those that inspired others to get involved! Young people told us what they feel about the outdoors and nature, find out what they said here.
Young People Shaping Protected Areas & Rural Communities
The EUROPARC Youth Manifesto was launched in September 2018 in the Cairngorms National Park. It showcases young people’s vision on living, learning and working in protected areas and rural communities across Europe and offers practical ways for change.
#GirlsGetOot - inspire young women to get outside
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Young Scot have been working with teenage girls to design a social media campaign aimed at breaking down the barriers to getting outdoors. Animations designed in collaboration with teenage girls highlight how simple activities such as going for a walk with friends, listening to music outdoors or sharing photos of nature are free, fun and can help relieve the stress experienced by many young women.
Download the Freshspace Report for more information.
Teenage attitudes to nature - research conducted by a teenager, exploring the views of teenagers
Research by teenager and keen naturalist Dominik Reynolds into teenage attitudes to nature found that young people are aware of conservation issues and they do care. Dom’s report identifies trends in his peer’s attitudes and perceptions of nature conservation campaigning. It highlights that teens do wish to learn more and are interested about the issues that face the natural world, but encounter limitations and barriers to engagement in the methods and means of advertising used by groups and charities.
Wild Ways Well
Wild Ways Well is a wellbeing project developed by TCV and Cumbernauld Living Landscape. A project pilot in 2016-17 trialled a new programme of environmental activities for those at risk of mental ill health with one key aim - to demonstrate that spending time outdoors, in nature, makes people feel better about themselves and their lives. Find out more.