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in Shining Cliff Wood

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are looking for schools to take part in the DerwentWISE ‘Derwent Explorers’ project.

This project aims to provide opportunities for selected young people to go on a ’wild’ adventure into the Derwent Valley. They will plan and carry out an overnight visit to a remote hostel in Shining Cliff Woods.

Students will be involved in planning the trip, including researching routes to the hostel, compiling a kit list, choosing and agreeing activities, preparing a menu, etc. Possible activities to choose from will include: den building, bushcraft and environmental education projects, surveying and practical conservation work. These activities will enable the young people to experience first hand one of the wild places in the Derwent Valley, and so gain a better understanding of the importance of the World Heritage Site.

Certain groups of young people have been identified as specially benefiting from this opportunity, and the participants will be chosen by their teachers. They may include year 6 pupils who are anxious about making the transition between primary and secondary schools, or secondary students who have become dis-affected with school based learning. Each residential may include a small group of children from two schools, for example two feeder schools, so that friends can be made in a less formal and neutral place before meeting up at secondary school. This project can also bring together children from rural and urban schools, increasing awareness of the similarities and differences in their surroundings and lives.. All Key Stages covered.

Each school involved will get a planning visit, an overnight stay at Shining Cliff Youth Hostel and activities provided by our staff during the visit.

The cost for this project is just £5 per student. Food, overnight accommodation, tuition and resources are included. On top of this, we can offer each school £125 towards supply teacher costs and £65 to-wards travel costs if needed.

For more information contact Emma Wood: ewood@derbyshirewt.co.uk

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