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Do you want to take your family to discover the secrets of Victoria's National Parks and reserves? Holidays are a great time to do this and better still, you can increase the fun with the Junior Ranger program.

Dandenong Ranges, Otway, National Park, Rainforest, Junior Rangers, Free, holiday, program
Photo Courtesy of Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria's Junior Ranger program encourages children aged 6 to 12 and their families to visit, explore, appreciate and protect Victoria's parks. It is designed to get kids outdoors, have fun and get active while learning about Victoria's wonderful parks, wildlife and amazing natural and cultural heritage. And to make it even better, it is free.

Rockpool, coastal, marine, national park, sanctuary, wilsons prom
Photo Courtesy of Parks Victoria

Due to the popularity of previous programs, these holidays there are more activities than ever with 7 new locations, and over 300 activities throughout Melbourne and Victoria, so there is plenty of opportunity to participate either close to home or wherever you are staying these holidays.

Some of these activities are being held in multiple locations such as
Minibeast Discovery where you discover a bugs world and learn about the amazing little creatures in our world:
Wildlife Detective is learning how to tune your senses to learn the secrets of the bush.
Rockpool Ramble is discovering the amazing marine critters who live on our rocky shores.
Flora Explorer is learning how to identify common native plants and discovering some of the many species in our parks.
Treasure Hunt is where you can discover what is hiding in the parks or rocky shores.
All Fired Up is where you can learn about the role rangers play in fighting bush fires.

Plus there are many guided walks and activities that are specific to the uniqueness of the location.

I can tell you that the kids will love this and so will you. Make the most of the opportunity for these free, fun activities that will entertain and educate the kids. You need to book in to participate and make sure you do in advance, because most of them do fill up.

Rock Climb, Mount Buffalo, Bright, Devils Bend, Junior Rangers, Free Holiday Program
Photo Courtesy of Parks Victoria

To make it easy for you we have listed the locations and the activities being held there. For specific dates and details, please click on the link provided. If you would rather see the listings across Victoria by date, here are the details

Albert Park - Minibeast Discovery & Guided Bike Ride

Arthur's Seat - All Fired Up & Wildlife Detective

Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary - Beachcombing & Rockpool Ramble

Braeside Park - Flora Explorer

Bright - Minibeast Discovery

Brimbank Park - Ranger Walk & Minibeast Discovery

Brisbane Ranges National Park - Bush Detective

Buchan Caves Reserve - Bush Supermarket, Bush Craft & Wildlife Detective

Cape Conran Coastal Park - Rockpool Ramble

Cape Liptrap Coastal Park - Rockpool Ramble & Beachcombing

Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park - Minibeast Discovery

Cathedral Range State Park - Nature Treasure Hunt & Minibeast Discovery

Coolart Homestead and Wetlands - Flora Explorer & Wildlife Detective

Creswick Regional Park - Minibeast Discovery & Bush Detective

Dandenong Ranges National Park - Rainforest Explorer, Wildlife Detective & Flora Explorer

Devilbend Reservoir - Minibeast Discovery

Discovery Bay Marine National Park - Rockpool Ramble & Cultural Walk and Talk

Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park - Beachcombing

Grampians National Park - Mini Treasures Discovery, Flora Explorer, Tracks and Traces & Minibeast Discovery

Great Otway National Park - Rainforest Explorer, Nature Discovery Walk & Campfire Connections

Greater Bendigo National Park - Wildlife Detective, Bush Supermarket & Flora Explorer

Gresswell Forest - Wildlife Detective

Herring Island - Explore Herring Island

Howqua Hills Historic Area - Flora Explorer, Bush Supermarket & Minibeast Discovery

Jells Park - Flora Explorer

Kings Billabong Park - Finding Feathered Friends, Minibeast Discovery & Wildlife Discovery

Lake Eildon National Park - All fired up & Minibeast Discovery

Lake Tyers Beach - Minibeast Discovery

Lysterfield Park - Wildlife Detecitve, Bush Supermarket, Minibeast discovery, All Fired Up & Nature Treasure Hunt

Maroondah Reservoir Park has Wildlife Detective & Flora Explorer

Mornington Peninsula National Park - Rockpool Ramble & Tread Lightly, Hoodies Nesting

Morwell National Park - Minibeast Discovery & Flora Explorer

Mount Beauty - Minibeast Discovery

Mount Buffalo National Park - Ancient Boulders Adventure, Fallen Giants & Minibeast Discovery

Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary - Rockpool Ramble & Beach Treasure Hunt

Nyerimilang Park - Wildlife Detective

Ocean Grove Nature Reserve - Bush Detective

Organ Pipes National Park - Minibeast Discovery

Patterson River - Treasure Hunt

Plenty Gorge Parklands - Wildlife Detective, Minibeast Discovery & All Fired Up

Point Addis Marine National Park - Beneath the Waves & Rockpool Ramble

Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary - Shark and Ray awareness

Point Danger Marine Sanctuary - Super Seaslugs

Point Nepean National Park - Flora Explorer & Beach Treasure Hunt

Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park - Beachcombing & Rockpool Ramble

Raymond Island - Koala Walk and Talk

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary -
Beach Treasure Hunt & Rockpool Ramble

River Murray Reserve has Wildlife Detective, Minibeast Discovery, Parks at Night & All Fired Up

Serendip Sanctuary - Behind the Scenes, Minibeast Discovery, Bush Detective & Questagame Challenge

Shepparton Regional Park - Flora Explorer, Wildlife Detective, Bush Supermarket & Minibeast Discovery

Tarra-Bulga National Park - Minibeast Discovery & Flora Explorer

The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve - All Fired Up & Flora Explorer

Westerfolds Park - Wildlife detective

William Ricketts Sanctuary - Secrets of the Sanctuary

Wilsons Promontory National Park has Summer at the Prom program

Woodlands Historic Park - All Fired Up

Yarra Bend Park - Wildlife Detective. Bush Supermarket & Flora Explorer

Yarra Ranges National Park - Flora Explorer & Wildlife Detective

You Yangs Regional Park - You Yangs Discovery

Flora explorer, bush walk, native, discovery, guided tour
Photo Courtesy of Parks Victoria

Happy nature exploring!
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Why? Get your kids into nature, have some fun, but don't tell them they might learn somthing
When: Dates vary in each location from December 28th to January 31st
Where: Various locations throughout Victoria
Cost: FREE
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The Junior Rangers program is a fantastic initiative. It great to see it going from strength to strength in each passing year.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|5970) 43 days ago
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