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Junior Rangers bring childhood back outside these holidays

Wednesday 28 March, 2018

Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers program is sending the call of the wild to young explorers these holidays, and during Nature Play Week. The popular Junior Ranger program offers a range of nature-based and ranger hosted activities for children aged 6 to 12.  It is designed to nurture a sense of exploration and connection with the environment for kids and their families.

Point Nepean National Park and Coolart Wetlands and Homestead will host outdoor adventures for children to have fun learning about wildlife, and natural and cultural heritage. The program will run throughout the school holidays from Tues 3rd – Thursday 12th April, with Nature Play Week during 11-22 April.  It’s FREE and it’s all outdoors!

Kids will see history come to life through the ‘Walk, Talk and War’ and ‘Remember Me’ programs at Gunners Cottage in Point Nepean National Park, while ‘40 Days’ will lead them through the complex history of the Quarantine Station and its many historic buildings.

Energetic adventurers will burn off energy with the heritage-inspired outdoor ‘Autumn Games’ and the Nature Play Week ‘Treasure Hunt’, or turn on their curiosity during ‘A Marine Discovery’ beach walk and talk along a part of our precious coastline.  Creative kids will enjoy making artworks in the outdoors from nature objects during ‘Art in the Park’ and leaving them behind to return to the environment.

There are also feathered friends to find at Coolart Wetlands and Homestead as kids binge on binocular time. The well-loved wetland and coastal ‘Bird Watching’ program is designed to help them identify different birds and explore the wetlands.

To help busy parents keep the nature connections going, the ‘Make and Do’ section of also has a range of fun activities to download and take with you to any park or reserve.

All activities are free, but bookings are essential at
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
For more information call 13 1963.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, Area Chief Ranger Southern Peninsula, Kris Rowe.

“Exploring outside is the best part of being a kid, and it doesn’t matter if you get a bit dirty, sweaty or flat out exhausted doing it, that’s half the fun.”

“Junior Ranger programs help encourage kids to rediscover the outdoors and our special national parks and historic reserves.”

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