Become a Junior Ranger these summer holidays
Wednesday 11 December, 2019
Parks Victoria’s free nature-based learning program
December 2019: Parks Victoria is inviting children and their families to unplug from technology and get into nature by joining a Junior Ranger activity this summer school holidays.
Park rangers host the free program which offers activities for children aged 6 to 12 and their families. It is designed to give kids a healthy nature fix, inspire curiosity and teach them about Victoria’s wonderful plants, wildlife and amazing natural and cultural heritage.
Kids and families can watch tiny critters through microscopes on a Minibeast Discovery, follow clues to discover animals in the bush as a Wildlife Detective, or find out what lies beneath the water in a Rockpool Ramble.
Junior Rangers will get their hands dirty playing games, creating masterpieces, exploring streams, catching bugs and rummaging around the beach or bush. They may even visit places that few park visitors ever see.
“The Junior Ranger program is a great way to get families outdoors having fun in nature together. The variety of activities we run through the Junior Ranger program help teach kids about the natural world around them,’ said Parks Victoria Education and Interpretation Officer, James Adams.
“It’s wonderful to see kids getting out of the lounge room to explore and enjoy Victoria’s beautiful parks. At Parks Victoria, we believe that nature is essential for human health and wellbeing, and everyone should have the opportunity to connect with nature, especially children.”
“Spending time playing and learning outdoors provides children with developmental benefits such as improved physical and mental health and social connections. All the activities are designed to inspire curiosity,” said James.
Ranger Hannah Auld loves being involved in the program, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders today: “Junior Rangers are leading the way with their fun, inspiring ways of thinking and will be our next David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.”
All activities are free, but bookings are essential, and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Be the first to know what’s on by signing up to the Junior Ranger Mailing List.
Check the website www.juniorrangers.com.au in mid-December for activity locations and dates, and to register your attendance.
Macpac is the Principal Partner of the Junior Rangers program, inspiring the next generation of nature lovers.
For more information, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.