How to Become a Junior Park Ranger in Victoria

How to Become a Junior Park Ranger in Victoria

Welcome to Parks Victoria’s Junior Ranger Program! Designed for curious explorers aged 6 to 12, this educational activity for kids is the perfect way to spend the summer holidays. As well as being educational, it’s a chance to get the kids out of the house and for them to connect deeply with nature, crucial for everyone’s well-being and development.

Explore, Learn, and Connect

The Junior Ranger Program is your family’s ticket to adventure in Victoria’s amazing parks. These outdoor activities for the family spark curiosity and foster a bond with nature. Programs like this help educate children on Australia’s indigenous people and their important cultural connection with the land through learning useful bush survival skills or interacting with native flora and fauna. It’s a blend of fun and learning about wildlife, plants, culture, and more.

Open to All, Anytime

You don’t need a special pass to join the Junior Rangers – everyone is welcome, every school holiday! Just bring your curiosity. Sign up for our newsletter and get a regular dose of fun facts, cool park tips, and a preview of exciting holiday activities.

Care for Nature

Junior Rangers are also young conservationists. Through our activities and online resources, kids learn about environmental protection and the role they play in preserving Victoria’s unique landscapes.

Fun and Learning in the Great Outdoors

The Victorian Park Rangers lead a variety of engaging activities including:

  • Minibeast Discovery: Explore the tiny world of critters with microscopes.
  • Wildlife Detective: Solve nature’s mysteries by tracking bushland animals.
  • Rockpool Ramble: Finding out what lies beneath the water and unveiling the secrets of marine life.

“I love being a Junior Ranger because I get to learn hands-on about nature,” says Anna. “My favourite experience was feeding a Tawny Frogmouth some dead chicken at Serendip Sanctuary.”

Maree, the mother of Sebastian, says they both love participating in the program.

“We love the Junior Ranger events,” says Maree. “It’s so important for kids to be outside and learning about nature. Ranger Millie was fantastic with the kids and we can’t wait for the next school holiday Junior Ranger program!”

If you’re worried about finding a location near you, chances are the program will be operating somewhere near you with past locations including Yarra Bend Park, Queenscliff, Wonthaggi State Coal Mine, You Yangs, Great Otway National Park, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Werribee Mansion, Point Nepean National Park, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Williamstown, Serendip Sanctuary and River Red Gum Parks.

Get Involved

All you need to do is book a spot – and it’s free! Remember, mum or dad should come along too. Sign up for our Junior Ranger Mailing List to know all the fun stuff first.

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 in mid-December for activity locations and dates, and to register your attendance.

For more information, call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

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