This free program, running throughout the Mornington Peninsula, will focus on outdoor exploration and educational fun at Point Nepean National Park, Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, Collins First European Settlement Site, Coolart Wetlands & Historic Homestead and Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary.
Sessions are led by Parks Victoria rangers and are open to school children and their parents between the ages of 6 and 12 years.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Tours
Children and parents are invited to explore one of the few remaining Australian lighthouses left in operation. Free tours will run on Monday 3 & 10 July, and Tuesday 4 & 11 July.
On Thursday 6 July, children, carers and parents are invited to explore the tunnels, gun emplacements and military history of Fort Nepean.
I Spy a Quarantine Station
Point Nepean's Quarantine Station is an interesting historical site, built in the 1850s to help prevent diseases spreading across first settlement sites. Although the Quarantine Station is no longer in operation, Parks Victoria use the area to run fun fact finding and I Spy missions for kids in the school holidays. Activities take place on Thursday 6 & 13 July.
Art in the Park at Collins First European Settlement
Art lovers can tap into their creative side while being inspired by nature and historical artefacts. Artistic endeavours take place at the Collins First European Settlement Site, established in October 1803. Running on Friday 7 & 14 July.
Rockpool Rambles at Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary
Beach exploration is not just reserved for summertime. Young adventurers are invited to rug up and don their waterproofs for the ever popular Rockpool Rambles at Flinders. Meet and greet living critters on the shoreline on Thursday 4, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July.
Finding Feathered Friends at Coolart Wetlands and Homestead
Young bird watchers are encouraged to head down to the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead on Wednesday 7 July to find friends of the feathered variety. Children will learn bird identification techniques, in coastal and wetland environment, stretching both their minds and legs.
All school holiday Junior Ranger programs do not cost a cent to join, but bookings are essential. Go to www.juniorrangers.com.au to book your child a place on the forthcoming FREE Winter Junior Ranger Program. Note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.