The JPR scheme is based on peer education, and is designed to engage children in the natural world, their local parks and the wildlife they can find there. The programme is free, inclusive, non-competitive, simple to run and fully supported by the rangers at the Trust.
The programme works by recruiting up to 6 children from years 4-6 as Junior Park Rangers in your school. Once the Junior Rangers have been recruited, they will take on the following responsibilities:
- To read a monthly bulletin in assembly. The Parks Trust will send you a bulletin each month which will be themed around seasonal wildlife, a specific park or an important issue.
- To create and maintain a noticeboard. This will display posters, maps and other information relating to the Junior Park Rangers’ work.
- To run competitions and quizzes. These will relate to the Junior Rangers’ monthly bulletin or other issues that are important in your local park.
- To get involved in other local projects and campaigns as they arise, such as MKHogwatch, a local Autumn/Spring survey for recording hedgehog activity.
JPR’s will have exclusive access to 3 fun and exciting workshops. Workshops are FREE and include activities like bushcraft, wildlife surveys, nature walks and ranger patrols. Workshops are always a lot of fun and are a great way to meet Junior Park Rangers from other schools in Milton Keynes.
Also, Junior Park Rangers can regularly share Ranger activities and information with other school JPR’s @ the dedicated ‘Ramblings’ electronic news page, available on the Parks Trust website. The news page is made up of submissions from the Junior Rangers. It’s a way for JPR’s to showcase all the hard work they have done - photos, stories, poems or anything else relating to their Junior Ranger activities.
We are also excited to announce that all Rangers will be automatically enrolled on to the John Muir Award, an environmental programme focusing on discovering and exploring local greenspaces.
In addition, The Parks Trust will once again be offering our Outstanding Junior Rangers Award, worth £200, which will be given to a school at the end of the year for Junior Rangers that have gone above and beyond in their role as ambassadors for The Parks Trust. Well done to Great Linford Primary School, who were the winners for 2017/2018.
The co-ordinators support role will include hosting JPR meetings, passing on monthly bulletins, finding the Junior Rangers a noticeboard and supporting them with their competitions & quizzes. These tasks generally equate to 2-3 hours per month, and can be shared with a colleague.
20 primary schools and Home Educated group are already enrolled on the 2018/19 scheme, with over 100 children enjoying Junior Park Rangers activities.