Join the movement, Be the movement
Keeping it Wild is an ambitious project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will empower and inspire 600 young people aged 11-25, from backgrounds currently under-represented in natural heritage, to gain vital skills while discovering, conserving and sharing their experiences of the capital’s wild spaces.
Young Londoners from a range of backgrounds have the opportunity to take part in five different activity strands, with the programme path tailored – by young people themselves – to best suit their needs, interests and age group.
There are plenty of opportunities for you, or your group to get involved in:
Wild Action Programme
An exciting, free opportunity for groups to develop key skills in urban nature conservation through a series of workshops. Gain a John Muir Award and receive accredited media and journalist training with Headliners (UK).
Activities are tailored to meet the needs of your group and the Curriculum.
Young People's Forum
A diverse group of 16-25-year-olds acting as a consultative panel and sounding board for this project. A chance to get your voice heard and gain media accreditation with Headliners (UK)!
Youth Accelerator Fund
Be part of our brand-new digital programme this October. Learn more about digital marketing through online workshops and create a fundraising campaign for London Wildlife Trust through a paid Training Placement.
Wild Action Days
A fun filled, free practical taster day for groups at a London Wildlife Trust nature reserve with lunch and travel expenses provided.
Learn how you can protect the city’s wildlife and wild spaces.
Are you 16-25 and looking for a new opportunity? Spend three months with us learning practical skills in urban nature conservation, community engagement, media, journalism and communications. The Traineeship is full time, paid via a bursary.
Represent! Social Action Projects
Are you part of a youth group? Got a great idea to improve a green space in your area? Or a wildlife conservation story you want to spread the word about?
London Youth will support your group and help you get your project off the ground!
You'll receive a John Muir Award and work with Headliners (UK) to make digital media to promote your idea and share with others.
Find out more from young people involved in the project:
The latest from Keeping it Wild:
Watch our Youth Accelerator Fund showcase event
The team hosted a youth-led event showcasing the achievements of our latest programme’s Digital Media and Marketing Trainees.
This was a free virtual event held across Thursday 9th - Friday 10th December 2020 - organised to explain how our Youth Accelerator Fund project came together, as well as to provide valuable career advice for young people on entering the sector. You can watch the recordings here.
Through placing young people’s experience at the heart of a new digital fundraising campaign, London Wildlife Trust, Headliners (UK) and fundraising agency Open want to ensure that their voices shape the future of the environmental sector.
Our second-year project report has been published:
Festival of Learning Awards
We are thrilled that the Keeping it Wlild Traineeships activity strand has been recognised as Highly Commended in the Festival of Learning Awards 2020. Festival of Learning is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England, find out more here.
King's Business School
We were recently lucky enough to work with Digital Marketing students at King's Business School, exploring new methods of marketing to allow us to boost engagement with young people. Check out this video created by the department to record the experience:
Discovering my local wild place - Coombe Wood Gardens by Keeping it Wild Trainee Eden
Coombe Wood Gardens is a two-in-one site with gardens and wood. The three main gardens flower in different seasons so there’s always…
Learning the importance of wetlands by Keeping it Wild Trainee Lauren
When we think of climate issues our societal focus usually revolves around energy, waste and agriculture which can overshadow one of our…
Keeping it Wild: Youth Accelerator Fund Project
Young Londoners took the lead in protecting our city's wildlife in London Wildlife Trust’s latest digital learning programme
John Muir Award Record E-Book
Over the next three years Keeping it Wild will enable the Trust, and other partner organisations such as the John Muir Trust, to inspire more young people to care about, and protect, wildlife and wild spaces.
For more information, get in touch with our Keeping it Wild Project Manager Emily Morshuis on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3897 6156