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:

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

Places in the program are limited.

Junior rangers are chosen by:

  • who applied first
  • have not been a junior ranger before
  • can commit to all planned activities.

Junior rangers:

  • 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 over the duration of the program.

Activities usually take place on one week day evening and one Saturday morning during the program.

Katherine

Junior rangers must commit to 10 activities over the duration of the program.

Activities usually take place on a week day evening during term three.

Alice Springs

Junior rangers must commit to between 10 and 15 events over the duration of the program.

Activities usually take place one week day evening and one Saturday morning during the program.

Darwin

Applications for the Darwin junior ranger program have closed.

Katherine

Applications for the Katherine junior ranger program have closed.

Alice Springs

The Alice Springs junior ranger program will open later in the year.

To find out more about becoming a junior ranger, contact the Parks and Wildlife team in your location below.

OfficeContactMail
Darwin

CommunityEngagementPW@nt.gov.au

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
Parks and Wildlife 
PO Box 496
Palmerston NT 0831
Katherine

08 8973 8865

CommunityEngagementPW@nt.gov.au

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
Parks and Wildlife
PO Box 344
Katherine NT 0851
Alice Springs

08 8951 8247

CommunityEngagementPW@nt.gov.au

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
Parks and Wildlife
PO Box 1120
Alice Springs NT 0871

Last updated: 22 July 2021

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