The Royal Parks
Connecting young people with nature
As public spaces open up again after lockdowns, we want to make sure young people get opportunities to rebuild lost learning and skills, particularly when it comes to nature and the environment. The Royal Parks charity is working with state schools from the local area in most need of extra support through their Green Futures project. A unique programme for 11 to 14 year olds and 16 and 17 year olds, Green Futures teaches about biodiversity and the climate emergency, helping young people feel more connected to green spaces and understand their value, in particular London’s Royal Parks.
- Our grant of £80,000 will fund the Green Futures project for two years.
- The project will benefit up to 815 students from local state secondary schools, selected from the boroughs of Westminster, Camden, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth.
- 99% of feedback received from teachers rated their experience with The Royal Parks as “excellent” or “very good”.
Developing our future green leaders
Importantly, the Green Futures project is linked to the school curriculum and includes hands-on STEM learning days in the parks. There are practical citizen science lessons which teach participants about biodiversity and the climate emergency, as well as helping them develop team and leadership skills. Pupils get to meet experts in the field and learn about careers in the nature heritage sector.
Older students will have the opportunity to join a Green Leaders programme, helping plan and deliver conservation days for the younger participants. In the second year of the programme, the previous year’s leaders will be invited to return in an advisory role and form a new youth forum, offering valuable experience to those interested in a conservation career.