Become a junior ranger

This page has information for young people who want to join the junior ranger program in the Northern Territory.

The junior ranger program offers children the opportunity to discover the natural and cultural environment through fun and hands-on activities.

The program runs annually in three locations: Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin.

Who can be a junior ranger

To be a junior ranger, you must meet all of the following:

  • be nine to 12 years old
  • have average fitness
  • live in Alice Springs, Katherine or Darwin.

Places in the program are limited and junior rangers are chosen by who applied first and if they can commit to all planned activities.

What junior rangers do

Junior rangers do any of the following:

  • explore parks and reserves
  • learn outdoor skills
  • identify animal tracks
  • identify weeds
  • find their way using maps
  • spotlight for animals
  • bird watch
  • help conserve the environment
  • explore Aboriginal culture.

All activities for junior rangers are free.

Parents are welcome to attend activities with their child.

When activities take place

Program schedules vary between locations.

At the start of the program junior rangers will be told all dates, times and gear needed for each activity.

Darwin

Junior rangers must commit to 11 activities between April and October in Terms 2 and 3.

Activities usually take place from 5pm to 7pm during the week. Some activities may take longer or be held on weekends.

Katherine

Junior rangers must commit to 10 events between April and June in Term 2.

Activities usually take place from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on weeknights and 9am to 11am on weekends.

Alice Springs

Junior rangers must commit to between 10 and 15 events between July and September, beginning in week 1 of Term 3.

Activities usually take place from 5pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings. Some activities may take longer or be held on weekends.

How to apply

Follow these steps to enrol in the ranger programs for Darwin, Katherine or Alice Springs.

Darwin

Enrolments for the 2018 Darwin junior ranger program have closed.

To find our more about the Darwin program, email tim.porter@nt.gov.au.

Katherine

Enrollments for the 2018 Katherine junior ranger program have closed.

To find out more about the Katherine program, email clare.pearce@nt.gov.au.

Alice Springs

Enrollments for the 2018 Alice Springs junior ranger program have closed.

To find out more about the Alice Springs program, email jennifer.kreusser@nt.gov.au.

Contact

To find out more about becoming a junior ranger contact the Parks and Wildlife Education and Community Engagement Program team in your location.

OfficePhoneEmailMail
Alice Springs (08) 8951 8247 jennifer.kreusser@nt.gov.au Parks and Wildlife
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 1120
Alice Springs NT 0871
Darwin (08) 8999 4432 tim.porter@nt.gov.au Parks and Wildlife
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 1448
Darwin NT 0801
Katherine (08) 8973 8865 clare.pearce@nt.gov.au Parks and Wildlife
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 344
Katherine NT 0851

Last updated: 01 August 2018

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