OPAL objectives


1. A change of lifestyle - a purpose to spend time outside observing and recording the world around us

OPAL aims to make more than a million people more aware of the open spaces and conservation sites around them, and more knowledgeable about the contribution individuals can make to protect them.

2. An exciting and innovative educational programme that can be accessed and enjoyed by all ages and abilities

Through new approaches to learning, people will gain the opportunity to become active participants with the knowledge and confidence to debate environmental issues.

3. A new generation of environmentalists

OPAL aims to increase active membership of amateur natural history societies, many drawn from under-represented sections of society.

4. A much greater understanding of the state of the natural environment

OPAL wants to ensure everybody can participate in projects to monitor the state of the natural environment and its biodiversity. We aim to help some of the most disadvantaged communities to identify, quantify and highlight environmentally deprived spaces.

5. Stronger partnerships between the community, voluntary and statutory sectors

Scientists at regional universities, museums and wildlife organisations will build connections with those who have an aspiration or need to improve local environments. The portfolio aims to engage with hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to encourage a greater sense of ownership of their local environment.