Parallel Wilds: an immersive and empowering 3D platform for youth, featuring creative writing, digital photography and videography, cosplay and modelling, 3D and drone imagery,

and sound composition. This innovative convergence of artforms allows youth to express self-identity in the natural world, to create a speculative universe on the future of wilderness,

set in the year 2050. For more information contact Craig Dent via email: craig@craigdent.com.au

UK Research & Development

In October 2023, Young Somerset supported a Research & Development phase of Parallel Wilds in the United Kingdom. This provided the opportunity to see the excellent and vital work Young Somerset achieve with youth in wilderness areas, in their existing partnership with Exmoor National Park in South-West England.

This was followed by presentations in Northern England to National Parks in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Lake District, and Peak District, to gain a sense of how UK National Parks operate in tandem with youth and education. This also has allowed exploration of future opportunities to work together into 2024.

Our 2023 Young Somerset & Exmoor National Park based project, ‘The Stream of Freedom’, has been selected from over 400 entries as a finalist and will feature in the UK national exhibition of the Creative Freedom Award: https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/creativefreedom

In December 2023, Kiri Wood from Yorkshire Dales National Park was in Australia and given a tour of Outdoor School Bogong by Principal, Roger Blackwell. She engaged with our native species, a monitor lizard and family of sugar gliders.