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Connect to nature with the Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers Program

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Parks Victoria invites children and families to discover the secrets of Victoria’s parks and reserves by joining one of over 200 Junior Ranger activities over the autumn 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 children a healthy nature fix, inspire curiosity and teach them about Victoria’s wonderful plants, wildlife and amazing natural and cultural heritage.

The activities such as 'Creatures of the Night' and 'Finding Feathered Friends' will be held at parks around Victoria including Serendip Sanctuary at Lara, Coolart Homestead and Wetlands at Somers, Grampians National Park, Buchan Caves Reserve and Wyperfeld National Park in the state’s north-west.

To celebrate Premiers Active April, 'A Very Big Bushwalk' will be held in several locations including Jells Park. For those wanting 'Cultural Connections', join Dja Dja Wurrung rangers in the Castlemaine Diggings Heritage National Park.

In the Great Otway National Park, Junior Rangers will learn how to keep safe and cook some damper in 'Campfire Connections' or head to Tarra-Bulga National Park in Gippsland and discover the secrets of the forests and undergrowth with 'Flora Explorer'.

The Junior Ranger program is a unique and wonderful way for young people and families to experience nature together.

The variety of activities helps teach kids about the natural world around them

Ranger standing in the bush conducting a tour for junior rangers, surrounded by kids

Spending time playing and learning outdoors provides children with developmental benefits like improved physical and mental health and social connections.

For more information or to join the Junior Ranger program visit the Junior Rangers website.

The Junior Rangers program is proudly supported by Park’s Victoria’s Principal Partner, Macpac, encouraging the next generation of nature lovers.

Reviewed 01 April 2021

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