Looking for something that puts the kids amongst the natural beauty and mysteries of this great land we live in? Then look no further than the Junior Rangers Program. Held across National Parks and Reserves across Victoria, you might want to check them out for the Autumn school holidays between 31 March and 15 April 2018. Parks Victoria's Junior Rangers program is offering free nature-based and Ranger-hosted activities for kids aged 6 to 12.
Children are naturally curious about nature and anything that crawls. With the Junior Ranger program which is run every school holiday, there's always something different to explore, be it dipping toes into sparkly rockpools or getting up early with the birds to find our feathered friends. Not only will the kids be outdoors and in nature, they'll discover a whole new world and learn about Victoria's wildlife and have fun in wonderful parks and amazing natural environments. With over 100 activities on offer, you can pick and choose your adventure!
A knowledgeable Ranger passionate about what they do will be more than looking forward to sharing their knowledge and make sure participants are safe on their adventure. Kiddies will definitely get their hands dirty playing games, creating masterpieces, exploring streams, catching bugs and rummaging around the beach or bush, so come prepared.
There are lots of questions to be asked, so take advantage of that Ranger as there's plenty for kiddies to learn about unique plants, quirky animals, awesome rock formations and special historical sites. Come well prepared with closed toe shoes, a water bottle, hat and sunscreen, and check the weather on the day in case you need to pack a coat etc. A parent or adult guardian must accompany children during all Junior Ranger activities as Rangers are not responsible for 'minding' children.
Check the website for the free activities this school holidays. With amazing native plants that provide important habitat for our native wildlife, perhaps being a flora explorer could be the trip for you. If the kids are early risers, a jaunt amongst the feathered friends could be the one! All fired up? then get some insight on how fires are planned for and managed in our national parks and learn how the bush recovers after a bushfire.
Whether it's a beach treasure hunt, learning the secrets of the bush as a wildlife detective, getting to know mini critters on a minibeast discovery or heading close by to explore Herring Island, I'd start booking soon as places fill up real quick. Click on the activity of choice, and it'll take you to the booking site. Free events still need booking for numbers. In a world filled with pixelated diversions, it's a good time for kids to learn to appreciate our unique environment, which in turn will hopefully inspire to keep our planet beautiful and healthy. Educational and fun, don't miss out! It might not be just the kids who have fun and learn something new.