What is Junior Park Rangers? Overview

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What is Junior Park Rangers?

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 Outdoor Learning team at the Parks Trust. Each Primary School can recruit up to 10 children. The children can all be part of the same class/year ‘bubble’ group or split across year groups 4-6 in Key Stage 2 in your school.

Please be assured we manage all our activities under strict Covid19 guidelines.

What is the role of a Junior Park Ranger?

  • To read a monthly Nature themed bulletin. The bulletin can be shared with the whole school via class/year ‘bubbles’ or whole assembles. The Parks Trust will email the school coordinator a bulletin each month (October – July), which will be themed around seasonal changes in Nature, wildlife, specific MK park activity and environmental issues.
  • To create and maintain a noticeboard. This will display posters, maps and other information relating to the Junior Park Rangers’ activities.
  • To run competitions and quizzes. These will be your Rangers ideas based on chosen Nature related activities. Each month we will also suggest some seasonal activities.
  • To ‘get involved’ in both local and National projects and campaigns as they arise, such as MKHogwatch, a local Autumn/Spring survey for recording hedgehog activity.
  • 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.

What are the other benefits of becoming a Junior Park Ranger School?:

  • Access to 3 FREE fun and exciting workshops. Workshops include activities such as bushcraft, wildlife surveys, nature walks and ranger patrols. They are held on weekends, and will give students an opportunity to meet Junior Park Rangers from other schools in Milton Keynes. Please be assured we manage our activities under strict Covid19 guidelines.
  • Automatic enrollment on to the John Muir Award, an environmental programme focusing on discovering and exploring local greenspaces.
  • A chance to win The Parks Trust's 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 Long Meadow School who were the winners for 2018/19.

What is the Role Of School Coordinators?

The coordinators 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.

In 2018/19 we had 20 primary schools and Home Educated groups take part in the programme, with over 100 children enjoying Junior Park Rangers activities.

Schools are enrolling for the 2020/21 and we hope your school will join us.

For more information, or to sign up for the JPR programme, please contact the Outdoor Learning team: outdoorlearning@theparkstrust.com or on 01908 233600/01908 972950.

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

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • “It boosted Rangers confidence by speaking/reading bulletins in assembly and running competitions and quizzes”

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • “It spreads enthusiasm across school"

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • “ JPR enriched and increased Rangers own environmental and wildlife knowledge through interactive Saturday workshops”

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary

  • “ …involvement with National and local environmental projects has developed a sense of belonging and contribution to important wildlife discussions”

    JPR coordinator in MK Primary