International Junior Ranger Camp

The 16th international JUNIOR RANGER Camp will be organised in Habkern (Switzerland) from the 17th to the 22nd of July 2017! More information (participants, organisation, place, etc) can be found in the invitation. The registration for the camp is now open. For any question regarding this camp, please get in touch with Fernando at [email protected]

The International Junior Ranger Camp is often a life-affirming experience for many young people across Europe. There, they will learn about European nature, environmental issues and experience cultural and social aspects. Young people will discover a new Protected Area, be given responsibility to represent their park and their country, as well as contribute to the conservation of another Protected Area in a different part of Europe.

The camp enables EUROPARC to invest in important conservation messages about how nature knows no boundaries across Europe and through cultural exchange to highlight the value of good citizenship.

The principles of a EUROPARC International Junior Ranger Camp are:

  • Experiential, practical, fun, safe and inspirational activities in Protected Areas, and managed by Rangers, “learning by doing”;
  • It is a non discriminatory programme, which requires a professional approach and high quality standards;
  • Promote international exchange, to develop positive, cooperative and social skills, and to encourage the active citizenship of youths;
  • Enhance connections between EUROPARC Protected Areas and “local” young people;
  • Develop cooperation between Rangers – Parks – EUROPARC.

More details can be found in our brochure – Young people in Europe’s Protected Areas – available for download at the end of this page.

The camp too offers the opportunity for Rangers and mentors, who accompany their Juniors to exchange ideas and experience with colleagues from across Europe, assisting in developing new skills in Ranger staff. We are keen to link the work of Ranger Services across Europe, in particular through our partnership with the International Ranger Federation.

Watch and inspirational out our Junior Ranger programme, with words from the young people themselves on what it means to them:

Detail of previous Junior Ranger Camps + camps reports (2010-2013) are made available below:

International Junior Ranger Camp 2016, in Gauja National Park (LV)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2015, in Nuuksio National Park (FI)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2014, Krkonose National Park (CZ)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2013, Bavarian Forest National Park (DE)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2012, Triglav National Park (SI)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2011, Weerribben-Wieden National Park (NL)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2010, Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) (UK)

International Junior Ranger Camp 2009, Parc Natural del Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (ES)