We don’t just help young people in school. Our Wildlife Explorers Clubs are a great way of getting more involved.
Our junior membership is divided into Wildlife Explorers; children up to age 12 and Phoenix; young people aged 13 – 19. Members are invited to join a local group run by a team of highly motivated, enthusiastic volunteers. The key objectives are to inspire young people about nature and to have fun.
RSPB Wildlife Explorers is the largest childrens’ environmental club in the world! Scotland boasts 24 groups across the country, with more in the pipeline.
Research has shown that children who are given opportunities to experience nature in a positive way by the age of 12 will go on to have a life long appreciation of the natural world, reaping particular benefits for their emotional and physical wellbeing. Wildlife Explorer groups aim to give children access to such positive experiences through exploring their local environment in activities such as nature trails, mini beast hunts and wildlife surveys. Along the way, there are games, quizzes and crafts to inspire every young person and crucially, to ensure they all have fun.
Phoenix groups are a great way to be involved in nature conservation once you’re 13 and over. We have six Phoenix clubs in Scotland, in Glen Affric, Aberdeen, Fife, Edinburgh, Renfrewshire, and Dumfries and Galloway. Phoenix members can also take part in writing for our Phoenix magazine Wingbeat and even join the Phoenix forum. Our Phoenix groups offer an ideal opportunity to develop your conservation skills and get out and about, taking part and voicing your opinion about environmental and political issues that are important to you.
Whilst adult volunteers supervise the groups, it is largely the young people who devise the group’s programme. We are working in partnership with the John Muir Trust to give young people the opportunity to achieve an award for their conservation activities. Our Phoenix groups are demonstrating the potential that teenagers have, and the wonderful work they can do to support conservation through actions such as reserve maintenance, creative writing and people engagement at visitor centres.
If you would like to be involved in a Phoenix Group, contact Nicole Brandon, firstname.lastname@example.org