National Parks UK supports the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto and is committed to:
Many of the UK's 15 national park authorities provide an education service that offers assistance to education and community groups to help them access and learn about the UK National Parks. Many of these services also provide expert staff to deliver curriculum linked activities both within the national parks and in schools and colleges and a wide range of informal learning opportunities for families and adults.
The National Park Education Services will work with and seek to influence national education agendas such as Sustainable Schools and the National Curriculum to promote opportunities for learning outside the classroom and to raise awareness in schools of the tremendous resources for learning available through our national parks.
The UK's family of national parks contains our finest landscapes and wildlife habitats including mountains, moorland, woodland and heathland, traditional farmland and historic buildings, archaeological sites, lakes, rivers and coasts. As well as providing opportunities for learning, recreation and exercise these areas offer space, tranquillity and an invaluable contrast to urban lifestyles. It is important that all young people have the opportunity to experience these places and their special qualities. Today's young people are the residents, visitors, landowners and decision makers of the future and it is essential that they grow up with an awareness of the immense value of these places in order to help ensure that future generations are well placed to benefit from them, too.