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exciting New Naturalist programme 2017

New Naturalist 2017

Date: 29th April 2017 - 21st October 2017

Are you aiming for a career in conservation or the environment?

Our New Naturalist programme may be just for you.

The New Naturalist programme is designed for students aged 13-15, to gain skills and knowledge working in real natural environments.  Students will be able to experience a number of different field skills and gain understanding of protected areas, landscapes, species and the role of the Northumberland National Park.

New Naturalist Programme 2015


Discover habitats and learn skills whilst gaining the nationally recognised John Muir Award.

The programme includes a multitude of topics from trapping small animals and insects alongside learning all about the environment of woodlands, mire and bogs, all at sites within the National Park.  Sessions look at basic ecology, survey techniques and identification, with an emphasis on practical involvement, identification of common species and honing of observation skills helping students to attain a basic level of competency in Naturalists field skills.

The New Naturalist programme takes place over eight Saturdays in 2017 at the total cost of £40.00 (which equates to £5 each session).  Note, for travel purposes, that whilst most sessions will be in different places throughout the Park, they will start at Rothbury.  

Travel from Rothbury to the proposed site will be organised for you.  On completion of the whole course (all 8 Saturdays) the students will achieve the Join Muir Explorer Award.

For those completing the course, presentations of John Muir certification will take place on 11th November 2017 at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The dates through 2017 are:-

29th April – Trees, Woodlands and Hedgerows

6th May – Birds

27th May – River Life

17th June – Wildflowers and their Pollinators

8th July – Invertebrates

9th September – Photography and the natural world

30th September – Mammals

21st October – Fungi

If you are interested and would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact Shaun Hackett –

To sign up please book below.

It is hoped that the experience gained will help enthuse and guide those students seeking further education in this area of employment. The sessions are delivered by experienced Rangers and volunteers to high standards, taking account the student’s abilities.


2016 New Naturalist participants with their John Muir certification, together with Ranger, Shaun Hackett.





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