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Become a junior ranger these school holidays
People all over the world are now realising the importance of our environment, our parks and reserves and want to make a difference by learning about flora and fauna, the importance of waterways, the eco-system and the benefits that animals great and small play in the evolution of our great land.
Over these school holidays, our youth can take part in Victoria's Summer Junior Rangers Program, where real park rangers will guide them on a host of ranger activities. Activities differ from park to park, but include -
Photo Courtesy of Summer Junior Ranger Program
Rock pool discovery
Spotlight Night Walks
Walks and talks to discover animals and their environments – birds, sea creatures and koalas
Fire recovery (which is so important as Australia's climate is coming into the hottest season of the year)
Environment craft sessions
Cultural walks and talks
As well, there will be themed explored in ranger-led activities such as exploring ecosystems, habitats, caring for the environment, park management, plants and animal facts, fire, tracks and traces and the important connection between humans and the environment.
Some of these events can be through the week and some may be on weekends. For more information, you can call Parks Victoria on 13 1963 and the same number to secure your booking.
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Junior Rangers is not a club and no memberships are required for you to take part. All activities can be downloaded from their website or you can keep up to date by signing up on their mailing list, where you will also receive a newsletter each season.
Junior Rangers must always remember to respect animals' homes by leaving items where you found them, don't share your food with animals as they are healthiest eating their natural foods, leave everything as you found it, that is, take all your food scraps, packages home or put them in the bins provided. The best souvenirs of your adventure are your memories. Take photographs or drawings and write down your experiences. If you are trekking through parks, remember to take plenty of water, food and wear good walking shoes and a hat.