Generation Green and educational PACMATs

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Generation Green and educational PACMATs

Generation Green

Generation Green is a project run across the UK, created with the aim of connecting young people to nature.

The goals of the project are to provide motivation, experience, skills and career development opportunities that are designed to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of participants, promote more environmentally responsible lifestyle choices and boost attainment in education.

The 16-month funded project is delivered by the Access Unlimited coalition which is comprised of the YHA (England & Wales), The Outward Bound Trust, Scouts, Girlguiding, Field Studies Council and the 10 English National Parks. Together they aim to cultivate a sense of care for the natural environment to the most novel and youngest of nature enthusiasts.

Our Peak District PACMATs have proved as ideal kit for this project to use as both an educational tool but also for their intended purpose as a lightweight and waterproof mat, great for all ages on outdoor excursions. Having OS maps on mats is an excellent way to encourage engagement with the UKs national parks and we are so glad to be a part of Generation Green’s inspiring goal.

The featured image shows students from Rotherham Opportunities College joining Generation Green on a day visit to learn about the Peak District National Park and how to dry stone wall. "The students enjoyed using the PACMAT to locate where they are from and where we were, as well as realising how vast the national park is and all the cities that surround it!"
The image below shows students from Buxton & Leek college foundation group. "The students took part in a two night residential through Generation Green. Using the map helped the young people understand the geography of the national park, where they’ve come from and where they are."