Young People

Participants International Junior Ranger Camp 2004 in Donau-Auen National Park (AU) © Donau-Auen National Park

Young People

Young people are the future of Protected Areas in Europe, and our Ranger Services are one of Protected Areas most visible frontline services.

Young people make up nearly 20% of Europe’s population. They are the decision-makers of tomorrow. It is important they are given the opportunity to consider how the present management of our environment will affect them, so they can express their thoughts, opinions and get involved in the issues that will eventually impact them.

Yet today’s young people lead busy lives! School, for teenagers is all consuming and the social pressures and constraints are enormous. The teenage world revolves around what friends and everyone around think of them. Trying to get young people interested in the environment can be difficult as it involves changing perceptions and attitudes, something that requires a lot of time and effort.

Being on the crowded continent of Europe, the need to develop a sense of connectivity of shared natural resources is imperative. Developing a mutual understanding and improved ability to cooperate and collaborate with differing cultures is inherent in the work of the EUROPARC Federation. We believe international cooperation is fundamental to manage our European natural heritage.

Making sure young people have a role in that has been an important component of our work. Young people can make a great contribution to their local community when encouraged to participate in nature orientated events.

By bringing young people and Rangers together, we want to enable young people to respect and care for their local Protected Area, whilst also learning the valuable role Rangers play in the conservation of nature.

We encourage all EUROPARC members to develop and deliver programmes for young people in their community. They are our future! Contact us for ideas and inspiration!