We wish to encourage schools to sign up to our exciting scheme called Junior Park Rangers, and have environmental ambassadors within their own school!
The scheme, which is based on peer education, is designed to engage children in the natural world, their local parks and the wildlife they can find there. It is free to join, inclusive, simple to run and will be fully supported by the Outdoor Learning Practitioners at The Parks Trust.
The scheme works by recruiting up to six children from years 4-6 as Junior Park Rangers in your school. Once the Junior Park Rangers (JPR) have been recruited, they will take on the following responsibilities:
- To read a monthly bulletin in assembly. The Outdoor Learning Team will send you a bulletin each month which will be themed around seasons, wildlife, a specific park or an important activity/event.
- To create and maintain a noticeboard. This will display posters, maps and other information relating to the Junior Rangers’ activities.
- 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 conservation/ environmental projects and surveys as they arise.
Junior Rangers Newsletter
Junior Rangers will also receive a quarterly newsletter called Ramblings. The magazine is an excellent way to showcase all the activities and great work Junior Rangers do. Each edition also includes exciting articles about interesting parks to visit, wildlife to spot, and puzzles and games to try.
We also offer FREE workshops run exclusively for Junior Rangers. Workshops are a great opportunity to try new and exciting outdoor learning activities as well as meeting other Junior Park Rangers from Milton Keynes. We run one workshop each season and they are completely free to attend. Activities include bushcraft skills, wildlife walks, and park patrols with our Community Rangers
Outstanding Junior Rangers Award
Every year we run our ‘Outstanding Junior Park Rangers Award’. The award goes to a school with Junior Park Rangers that go above and beyond in their role as ambassadors for The Parks Trust. The Award recognises the school that not only participated in the program, but came up with exceptional and creative ways to share and contribute to the work of The Parks Trust with their school as well as the wider community.
The prize for winning the ‘Outstanding Junior Rangers Award’ is £250 for your school to use towards equipment or an experience relating to Outdoor Learning. The winning school will be able to choose from a variety of prize options, including a £250 voucher towards environmental education equipment or supplies, £250 towards a school trip to an Education Centre or £250 towards Discovery Passes with The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team.
Junior Park Rangers have an opportunity within their programme to gain their own nationally recognised environmental award, the John Muir Discovery Award. This focuses on discovering and exploring local greenspaces, then actively encouraging their peers to connect with, enjoy and care for nature. This is all completed in a spirit of fun and adventure.
Get your school involved in Junior Park Rangers
To get your school involved in the Junior Park Rangers programme, please complete the form below to register your interest.
For more information about Junior Park Rangers, please get in touch with The Parks Trust Outdoor Learning Team, at 01908 233600 or firstname.lastname@example.org