Become a junior ranger

This page has information for young people who want to join the Junior Ranger Program in the Northern Territory.

Enrolments for junior rangers in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin for 2017 have closed.

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.

Who can be a junior ranger

You must meet all of the following to be a junior ranger:

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

Not everyone can join the Junior Ranger Program because numbers are limited.

There are junior rangers in Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin.

There are only 30 junior rangers in each place at one time.

When enrolment opens, junior rangers are chosen by who applied first and if they can commit to all planned activities.

When activities take place

The program runs for 10 weeks over a school term with afternoon and some weekend activities.

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

In Darwin

Junior rangers must commit to 10 events over 10 weeks between May and June in Term 2.

Activities usually last 1.5 hours, from 5pm to 6.30pm, during the week. Some activities may take longer and some are held on weekends.

In Katherine

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

Activities are usually held between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on weeknights and 9am to 11am on weekend mornings.

In Alice Springs

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

Activities usually last 2 hours, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, during the week. Some activities may take longer and some are held on weekends.

How to apply

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

In Darwin

The Darwin Junior Ranger Program is now full. Applications are no longer being accepted.

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

In Katherine

The Katherine Junior Ranger Program is now full. Applications are no longer being accepted.

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

In 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 Education and Community Engagement Programs team at Parks and Wildlife.

Last updated: 28 November 2017