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NatureScot and the Year of Young People 2018

Celebrating that young people can, and do make a big difference in helping look after our nature and wildlife

In 2018, Scotland celebrated the Year of Young People (#YoYP2018) giving young people the opportunity to shine, showcase their talents and contributions and create new ways to stand out.  It provides a great opportunity to encourage and empower young people to engage with and take care of nature.

The benefits

Access to nature is important for the wellbeing of everyone in Scotland – for young people it can help develop new skills and confidence, and improve their health and wellbeing and quality of life. Looking after nature and wildlife benefits not just this generation but also future generations. So we need to involve young people in the decisions we all take about our environment and about the future of Scotland’s nature.
We are already collaborating with young people in a variety of projects and initiatives including: outdoor learning, volunteering on our National Nature Reserves, through grants to key partners to deliver opportunities for young people and through our own modern apprentices and graduate programme.

Some of our key projects in YoYP2018


Working with Young Scot we set up ReRoute, Scotland’s Youth Biodiversity Panel. ReRoute involve young people in discussions around Scotland’s nature and outdoors and engage on different topics and opportunities related to Scotland’s amazing nature and wildlife.

Learning in Local Greenspace

Aims to support 100 schools across some of the most disadvantaged areas of Scotland, to take lessons in the greatest classroom of all – the great outdoors. It’s about linking schools to their local greenspace for outdoor learning.

Path Skillz

A five day programme aimed at inspiring young people to make a difference in their local community while gaining the local knowledge and practical skills to successfully plan, manage and deliver a community path project. 

Scotland's Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers gives 11-18 year olds the opportunity to look after the countryside and environment. NatureScot supported the production of the Scotland’s Junior Rangers Co-ordinators toolkit developed by Scottish Countryside Ranger Association.

Modern apprenticeships

NatureScot offers modern apprenticeships that inspire and train young people to work and protect our environment. We are committed to offering our Modern Apprenticeships as permanent roles.

Find out more

Paths for all
Scotland's National Nature Reserves
Path Skillz

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