Green Futures

Green Futures brings environmental opportunities to the ambitious and capable young people of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Through a range of innovative projects we aim to inspire, support and empower young people to create positive environmental change.

From a day in a Yorkshire Dales woodland learning bushcraft to a two-year apprenticeship in environmental management – Green Futures aims to reach young people from all kinds of backgrounds and inspire them to make a connection to the environment. Our projects give young people the skills, knowledge and support that we hope will empower them to become environmental activists and leaders of the future.   

Green Futures is part of Our Bright Future, a £33 million programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and led by The Wildlife Trusts that aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today - a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people and vulnerability to climate change.

What will Green Futures do? 

Green Futures will reach up to 4,000 young people aged 11 to 24 in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding area over the next four years:

  • creating and developing interest in and connection to the environment
  • promoting and supporting practical action
  • developing environmental skills and leadership
  • creating green mentors and role models in the community.

We’ll do this through a series of innovative projects that build on our existing work:

  • Green Guardians 
    Engaging groups of young people who are not traditionally connected with the natural environment, providing inspirational experiences and practical skills. Read about Green Guardians
  • Eco-Schools
    Working with young people in secondary schools and colleges to promote positive environmental change and practical action, creating Eco-Committees and supporting them towards achieving Green Flag Eco-School status. This project is run by local partner Craven Development Education Centre.
  • Young Rangers
    Providing regular practical conservation activities for two groups of young people aged 11 to 16 in the North of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This project is run by local partner Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority 

  • Dales & Fells Trainees
    Employing and training 16 young people aged 16 to 24 in environmental management through two-year countryside apprenticeships with local employers. Read about Environmental Apprenticeships

Shaping Green Futures

Young people are at the heart of our projects, and from the outset it’s been important that they should also be involved in shaping the direction of Green Futures – by being part of our steering group and Youth Environment Forum. We hold an Annual Youth Environment Summit which enables everyone to share ideas, contribute to wider project development and develop new projects.

Our Youth Environmental Action Fund also gives young people the chance to develop and implement their own environmental projects in their local area. Find out more & apply

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