The Alice Springs Junior Ranger program is now open for enrolments!
This fantastic program gets Territory kids out and about exploring their backyard – tracking, hiking and spotlighting their way on many adventures.
Minister for Parks and Wildlife, Bess Price, said the program was very popular and provided the chance to get up close to nature and learn about the special Central Australian environment.
“While the Darwin and Katherine programs are already in full swing, the Alice Springs program is now open for enrolments,” she said.
“Being a Junior Ranger is a fun and fantastic way for kids and their families to begin to understand and love the natural environment.
“They’ll learn about the environment while being given hands-on experiences which they can take with them and use throughout their lives.”
Junior Rangers are aged between 9 and 12 years of age and need to be able to commit to between 10 and 15 events over a 10-week program that operates across July, August and September (term 3) in Alice Springs.
There will be two Junior Ranger groups in Alice Springs, with a total of 30 places being offered – 15 places in each.
“This year marks 25 years of the Junior Ranger program and we are proud to continue to offer the program free to locals across three regions of the Northern Territory,” Minister Price said.
“To celebrate this wonderful milestone, we are putting the call out to past Junior Ranger members and their families in Alice Springs to get in contact with us via the Parks and Wildlife Facebook page for a special celebration later this year.”
Who can be a junior ranger?
You must meet all of the following to be a junior ranger:
- be nine to 12 years old
- have average fitness
- live in Alice Springs, Katherine or Darwin.
Not everyone can join the Junior Ranger Program because numbers are limited.
There are junior rangers in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin.
There are only 30 junior rangers in each place at one time.
When enrolment opens, junior rangers are chosen by who applied first and if they can commit to all planned activities.
Enrolment forms and information can be found on the Parks and Wildlife website.