A bat science project will for young people will launch at Leyburn Arts & Community Centre this month.
It comes after the centre’s youth project officer, Rachael Addison, was selected as a regional community leader by The British Science Association (BSA).
To celebrate her appointment Rachael has launched a long-term science project called Bat to the Future.
The aim of the project is to provide opportunities for young people to discover biodiversity and to take positive action for bats in their local area.
From now until October 31 any family with a young person under the age of 26 can hire out bat detector kits to help them explore and discover the bats living near them for free.
From this weekend all young people aged 14 to 19 can also get their hands on a free bat themed celebration box.
Boxes can be collected at the plant fayre at the centre from tomorrow until Sunday, 10.30am to 3pm weather permitting or by appointment.
Then in September Leyburn Arts & Community Centre will be running three nocturnal-themed evening sessions with Wild with Nature outside in their garden, free for all 11 to 16-year-olds.
Places are limited so contact the centre if you are interested.
Rachael said: “I am so excited about the Bat to the Future project here at The Old School House.
“I wanted to create interesting ways for young people to connect with nature, after all how can you care or take action for something that you have not had the opportunity to experience?
“I hope young people and their families enjoy the project and feel inspired to learn more.”
To hire the bat detector kits, collect a bat box or sign up to the nocturnal themed evening sessions please contact email@example.com or call 01969 624510.
The project has been supported by North Yorkshire Youth, The Bat Conservation Trust and Ignite Yorkshire.