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.

The junior ranger program is run in three locations: Alice Springs, Katherine and 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 Indigenous 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 5-7 pm 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 at 5.30-7.30pm on weeknights and 9-11am on weekends.

Alice Springs

Junior rangers must commit to between 10 and 15 events between July and September in Term 3.

Activities usually take place from 4.30-6.30pm on weeknights. 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

The Darwin junior ranger program is now accepting applications. Fill in the enrolment form and email to tim.porter@nt.gov.au.

Junior ranger Darwin enrolment form (237.0 kb)
Junior ranger Darwin enrolment form (131.1 kb)

The program is limited to 60 junior rangers. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

Katherine

The Katherine junior ranger program is now accepting applications. Fill in the enrolment form and email to clare.pearce@nt.gov.au.

Junior ranger Katherine enrolment form (223.1 kb)
Junior ranger Katherine enrolment form (192.9 kb)

Alice Springs

The Alice Springs junior ranger program is now full. Applications are no longer being accepted.

To find out more about the Alice Springs program email emily.findlay@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 8247emily.findlay@nt.gov.au Parks and Wildlife
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 1120
Alice Springs NT 0871
Darwin(08) 8999 4432tim.porter@nt.gov.auParks and Wildlife
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 1448
Darwin NT 0801
Katherine(08) 8973 8865clare.pearce@nt.gov.auParks and Wildlife
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 344
Katherine NT 0851

Last updated: 28 March 2018