Youth conservation residentials

Duke of Edinbrugh

We can offer opportunities to complete your Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold residential or why not take up volunteering with us for the service section of your award?

2020 Youth Conservation Residentials

For 2020 we have a refreshed offer for young people who would like to come and achive their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or Queen’s Scout & Guide Award Residential.  Bespoke Duke of Edinburgh Packages also available for schools and youth groups looking to undertake activity weeks, so please contact us with your requirements.

Our opp­ortunities below are suited to those aged 18-25 wishing to take a working break away, meet new people and for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Queen’s Scout & Guide Award participants to meet their residential requirements. They also provide a unique experience for those wishing to get away from it all on a conservation residential and enhance their employability in the sector by gaining some practical conservation experience with National Trust.

Dates available:

  • 7-11 July 2020
  • 14-19 July 2020
  • 20-24 August 2020
  • 21-25 September 2020

Youth Conservation Residentials programme

During this varied programme, participants will assist with the day-to-day running of our busy award-winning Outdoor Centre; gaining a wide range of experience in assisting with conservation tasks, activity support and helping us with the smooth running of our busy island campsite and Lodge accommodation.

Expect to gain valuable experience on this beautifully tranquil island, situated in Poole Harbour, including knowledge of the flora and fauna it is home to and have the chance to get stuck in with assisting with a variety of outdoor adventure and learning activities that bring the island to life for our day and residential visitors.  This is a perfect opportunity for those with an interest in outdoor learning, or a general interest in learning about the natural world and/or delivering environmental education. Participants on this residential will also assist the Outdoor Centre and Countryside teams with a wide range of practical and conservation tasks on the island, from clearance of invasive species and using hand tools (full training given) to fence repairs and wildlife surveys.

Practical tasks vary from season to season, but you can expect a varied programme that also allows for participants to develop their own interests and to settle in and experience island life for themselves.


£150 which covers 5 days and 4 nights on Brownsea Island and is inclusive of camping fees, cooking equipment hire, entrance fee to the island and return ferry crossing to either Sandbanks or Poole Quay.

Contact us

For more information please email: note, participants will be required to be aged 18+ at the time of the chosen residential taking place.