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 10 activities between April and June in term 2.

Activities will take place from 5:30pm to 7:30pm each Tuesday or Wednesday and 8:30am to 11am on one Saturday during the program.

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 October and December, beginning in week 1 of term 4.

Activities usually take place from 5pm to 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings or 8am to 9:30am on Saturday mornings. Some extra optional activities may take longer or be held on other days.

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

Darwin

Enrolments for the 2020 Darwin junior ranger program will open in late March.

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

Katherine

Enrolments for the 2020 Katherine junior ranger program will open later this year.

To find out more about the Katherine program, email stacey.kessner@nt.gov.au.

Alice Springs

Enrolments for the 2020 Alice Springs junior ranger program will open later this year.

To find out more about the Alice Springs program, email rebecca.duncum@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 8247rebecca.duncum@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 8865stacey.kessner@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: 11 February 2020

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