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.

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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.

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.

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 Tuesday or Wednesday evenings 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.

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

Darwin

Enrolments for the 2019 Darwin junior ranger program will open later in the year.

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

Katherine

Enrolments for the 2019 Katherine junior ranger program are now open. You can apply with the online junior ranger program form.

There are 30 placements in the Katherine junior ranger program.

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

Alice Springs

Enrolments for the 2019 Alice Springs junior ranger program will open later in the year.

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

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 emily.findlay@nt.gov.au Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture
Parks, Wildlife and Heritage
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 1120
Alice Springs NT 0871
Darwin 08 8999 4432 tim.porter@nt.gov.au Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture
Parks, Wildlife and Heritage
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 1448
Darwin NT 0801
Katherine 08 8973 8865 clare.pearce@nt.gov.au Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture
Parks, Wildlife and Heritage
Tourism and visitor engagement
PO Box 344
Katherine NT 0851

Last updated: 20 March 2019

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