Many of our projects start with taking groups of local young people on an adventure in a local, relatively unexplored, outdoor space. We provide them with adventure packs including chalk, string, a notebook and charcoal so that they can discover and record, collect and document. We also provide digital cameras for them to explore photography and filming on their journey.
Exploring local green spaces introduces young people to an area that they often haven’t been to before. Once they’re familiar, they’re more likely to come back in the future and bring family members or friends to share the space. They feel connected to the space and better about their local neighbourhood. They become the experts and placemakers.
Urban exploring is a very useful and often necessary starting point for further Urban Wilderness activities that may be planned for a space.