How to become a Junior Park Ranger in Victoria

How to become a Junior Park Ranger in Victoria

The Junior Ranger program is a school holiday tradition for Parks Victoria, enabling young people to get expert information about Australian wildlife and the environment.

For some time now, Parks Victoria has hosted a free Junior Ranger program during the summer school holidays for children aged between six and 12-years-of-age.

We offer it because we believe that connecting with nature is essential for human health and wellbeing – especially children. We want to teach them about Victoria’s unique flora, fauna and cultural heritage.

Our Park Rangers host the activities, which inspire curiosity. They include:

  • watching tiny critters through microscopes on a Minibeast Discovery
  • following clues to discover animals in the bush as a Wildlife Detective
  • finding out what lies beneath the water in a Rockpool Ramble


Six-year-old Anna has been to five Junior Rangers activities and looks forward to them every school holidays.

“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, 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!”


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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