Junior Ranger Project

The Challenge: How to encourage young people to become ambassadors for the Cairngorms National Park.

The Response: Provide a structured programme, based on the concept of "Junior Rangers", for 12-15 years olds which is linked to an international network of similar initiatives across Europe.

The Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Project was launched in June 2009 involving 21 young people  aged 12-15 in two 5 day programmes; one in Deeside and one in Strathspey.
The project helps meet Cairngorms National Park Priorities for Action to -

  • Develop a programme of practical volunteering opportunities that link people to   the special qualities of the Park.
  • Develop a programme of activity to encourage people to become ambassadors for the Park, promoting messages about care, active enjoyment and wise use.

If you are interested in...

  • Finding out about the Cairngorms National Park
  • Learning about the work of Countryside Rangers
  • Nature conservation
  • Outdoor activities
  • Meeting new people

... then the Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Project is for you!

How does it work?

  • Initial 5 day programme:
  • Visits and talks
  • Conservation tasks
  • Outdoor activities
  • Sharing experiences with friends and family
  • Achieve John Muir Discovery Award
  • Graduate as a Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger

Follow on programme:

  • Open to graduates of the initial 5 day programme
  • Operates one day a month
  • Develop skills, knowledge and understanding from the initial programme
  • Use new skills in meaningful and real situations
  • Act as Youth ambassadors for the Cairngorms National Park
  • Allows participation in International Camps and exchanges
  • Achieve John Muir Explorer Award

Guiding principles and values
of the Junior Ranger Project

The Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Programme is:

  • Based on experiential, practical, fun and inspirational
    activities in Protected Areas
  • Managed by Rangers, according to the idea of “learning by doing”
  • A non discriminatory programme, which requires a professional approach and high standards of quality
  • Aspires to high environmental standards
  • Aims to promote international exchange, to develop positive, cooperative and social skills, and to encourage the active citizenship of young people
  • A connection between Europarc Protected Areas
    and “local” young people
  • Cooperation between Rangers - Parks – Europarc

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