Volunteering is for everyone on the Eastern Moors

Love Outdoors? Love Nature? Love the Eastern Moors?

Adult Volunteering A year after they ran their Volunteer Taster Day, the Eastern Moors Partnership is able to rely heavily on their dedicated team of volunteers.  The volunteers, through their many hours of sweat and skill, have achieved high level conservation, visitor experience, access, ecological and archaeological monitoring projects.

Family Friendly Muck In Days The Eastern Moors Partnership, a joint venture between the National Trust and the RSPB, has also recognised the valuable input families can provide, through mutually beneficial Muck In Days.  During the family friendly volunteering sessions, families, of sometimes three generations, have contributed their efforts to giving nature a home on the Eastern Moors through tree felling, pond surveys and spreading heather seed across the moorland. In 2015 we are joining forces with the Longshaw Estate to deliver a Muck In Day a month. For those participants that are under 18, there is an additional benefit of becoming a Junior Ranger just by helping out. Each time they come they will receive a sticker, and a stamp in their reward booklets, working towards a Junior Ranger badge and t-shirt!

Youth Rangers The Eastern Moors Partnership have launched their Youth Ranger programme, an exciting opportunity for young people to get involved in volunteering. Open to individuals with a passion for the outdoors and a love of nature, the Youth Ranger programme aims to give young people an all round experience of what it’s like to work in the world of nature conservation, carefully balancing the needs of people and wildlife.

Youth Rangers meet once a month on Sunday afternoons, giving plenty of time for a relaxed morning at home first, and lasts about three hours. Tasks include tree felling, stone walling, wildlife surveying, map and compass skills, designing interpretation and delivering events. The programme also includes opportunities for the young people to identify, plan and deliver projects themselves, giving them an all-round experience and an opportunity to take ownership and responsibility for their group.

Katherine Clarke, Visitor Experience Manager for the Eastern Moors Partnership said: “The Youth Ranger Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to get out and active in their local environment, meet new friends with similar interests and gain a wealth of experience during this fun, informative, hands-on programme.”

“Young people often get bad press but there are so many enthusiastic, energetic youngsters out there just waiting for an opportunity to get stuck in, and this is one of those opportunities.”

Find out how you can get involved To find out more about Youth Rangers, adult volunteering or family friendly Muck In Days, call Katherine Clarke on 07738 738844, or email katherine.clarke@easternmoors.org.uk.