Back to school, back to nature

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06 September 2023

A new school year, classmates and exciting new adventures await with us, The Parks Trust. In the last school year, more than 13,000 children in Milton Keynes took part in over 400 outdoor learning sessions that range from subsidised curriculum-based sessions for Pre-School, Primary and Secondary School children as well as assemblies, workshops, and youth programmes like Junior Park Rangers.

Junior Park Rangers is a great way for schools to encourage children (Years 4-6) to love nature, look after their local green spaces and spread the word about getting outside and enjoying the outdoors!

Best of all, it’s free for schools and children. By joining, they can take part in nature and environment-themed activities with their school and can attend free weekend workshops with us, where they can enjoy fun activities around Milton Keynes' parks.

Schools on the programme can also enter the Outstanding Rangers Award, won last year by Giles Brook School, with Rickley Park Primary School coming in as a close runner-up. Their green-themed activities included litter picking, tree planting, nature scavenger hunts, making bird feeders, taking part in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch and surveying the local hedgehog populations.

Teachers interested in this year’s Junior Park Rangers programme can register their interest at or can attend a short online meeting at 3.45 pm on either 13th or 18th of September to find out more.

  • “It boosted the children's confidence by speaking/reading bulletins in assembly and running competitions and quizzes”

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • "It gave them a sense of responsibility and wanting to ‘make a difference’ in MK”

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • “It spreads enthusiasm across our school"

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • “ JPR enriched and increased the children's environmental and wildlife knowledge through interactive Saturday workshops”

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary