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One Planet PioneersA PIONEERING project getting young people aged 14-21involved in local environmental matters has unveiled its summer activities.

One Planet Pioneers is a five-year partnership project being delivered by Middlesbrough Environment City, Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Actes and Teesside University funded by the Big lottery fund through Our Bright Future.

The aim is to engage young people in environmental, conservation and sustainability matters.

A range of taster sessions are planned throughout the summer. Including:

Friday, July 29 – Wild Tracks Walkabout 

The River Tees acts as a green corridor moving down from hilly upper Teesdale through Stockton and Middlesbrough then on into the sea. Walking is a great way to keep fit and on the ‘Wild Tracks Walkabout’ you will learn about River Tees habitats and search for clues and signs of animals and birds that live in and alongside the River Tees. The length of this circular walk is approximately four miles. The walk will start and end at the Tees Barrage.

By taking part in ‘Wild Tracks Walkabout’ you can gain skills in:

 Tracking animals by searching for clues and signs

 Recording field data

 Map reading

 Identifying different bird and animal species

Wednesday, August 24 – Maze Park – Mini Bio – blitz

During the summer Tees Valley Wildlife Trust carry out field survey work on local nature reserves. This work is very important to check and see which animals and plants are still living on site and if there are any new visitors. It can then be worked out how to manage habitats for the benefit of all wildlife. By taking part in our ‘Maze Park Mini Bio – blitz’ you can gain skills in:

 Using field survey equipment

 Team work

 Recording field data

 Map reading

 Identifying different plants and animals

Thursday, August 25 – Capture Your View of the Future

There are many environmental issues that may affect the future including climate change, water management and development of green space including housing development and road building. On this ‘Capture your view of the future’ workshop you will use a variety of materials and equipment to find and capture your own 3D view of the future. The session will include an exploration of Maze Park and an art based workshop.

By taking part in ‘Capture Your View of the Future’ you can gain skills in:

 Knowing how to influence town planning

 Knowing how to campaign on local and global environmental issues

 Use of art equipment and materials to create a 3D view

To confirm a place on any of the above please ring Becky on 01287 636382 or email: rstanley@teeswildlife.org. All taster sessions are from 10am-2pm and will meet at the Tees Barrage pedestrian entrance on Navigation Way.

Also going on over the summer:

Horticultural Volunteering Opportunities – From Wednesday, August 3, volunteers aged 14-21 are invited to meet weekly at Middlesbrough Environment City to get involved in some practical hand on horticultural sessions – For more details contact Nicky or Casper on 07722 746489.

Connecting with the River Tees – One Planet Pioneers have been invited to get involved in a project which is to be delivered in the Dorman Museum in September, spending the summer getting involved in citizen science, exploring the area from Maze Park nature reserve down to the mouth of the Tees and looking at industry and job opportunities. For more information contact Nicky on 07722 746489

To discover more about One Planet Pioneers contact Nicky Morgan on 01642 579839 or Casper Scallen on 01642 579 832 also check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/One-Planet- Pioneers

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