Trash Free Trails launches outdoor educational course to promote well-being and connection with nature in young people

Trash Free Trails (TFT) has launched an outdoor educational trail, aimed at tackling environmental disconnection among young people.

The TrashMob Academy is a youth engagement project offering young people the opportunity to learn mountain biking, running and hiking while developing positive environmental attitudes, connection to nature and an understanding of litter.

Using outdoor education as a catalyst for behavior change, TrashMob Academy uses a combination of classroom content, outdoor physical activity, and local trail cleaning to improve self-esteem, confidence, and motivation. well-being of students and their local environment.

Rich Breedon, Trash Free Trails Programs Manager, said: “Giving young people the opportunity to experience the world around them in ways they may never have experienced before is something truly special. We believe this opportunity is a stepping stone to nurturing the generation of happy, healthy environmental stewards our world desperately needs.

The program advocates for the need for kinesthetic and outdoor learning opportunities for children and adolescents, especially those with additional needs, limited access to green spaces, and for those who face the adverse effects of inequality social.

Delivered as a pilot program in Wakefield in 2020, TrashMob Academy has already seen success, with students who have completed the pilot displaying a renewed sense of responsibility and confidence at the end of the course, with profound development seen in their interpersonal skills and their self-expression.

Now in its final form, the program is available as an integrated program element or as a complementary activity in schools and educational institutions.

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To kick off the official launch of the programme, TFT will be taking the TrashMob Academy on tour, delivering the course to three schools in the North West of England. A remote version of the program content is available through the release of TFT’s first e-learning course with e-learning provider Udamon, called Contribution for Connections.

The tour will then set up shop at High Lodge, Thetford Forest, to deliver TrashMob Academy LIVE on October 21 in conjunction with Go Ape and Forestry England. This interactive live-streamed session will invite learners from around the world to participate in TrashMob Academy content.

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