EUROPARC Junior Ranger program
Junior Ranger Programme
Junior Ranger Programme
The EUROPARC Junior Ranger Programme was launched in 2002 as a pilot project embracing four partner parks. The network has grown ever since. Being part of an extended European Junior Ranger network enables young people to connect with their peers across Europe.
The EUROPARC Federation Junior Ranger Programme is aimed at young people aged 12-18 who are living within or close to the protected area. In 2016, the programme involves around 80 Protected Areas across 19 different EU countries, working with ~5000 youths every year. Discover our Junior Ranger network in Europe with our infograhic.
The map below is showing all Junior Ranger projects accross Europe (in 2015-2016), with basic information, useful links and some times a video or a picture. We recommed to put the map on full screen (button bottom left) or to open it in a new tab.
Being a respected participant in Junior Ranger and other youth activities in a Protected Area enables young people of the community to feel they have a role to play and can see their actions having an impact on improvements to their areas, as well as building strong interpersonal skills that will contribute to better relations in education, business and society.
Such Junior Ranger programmes we have found:
- Are good for the development of the Ranger Service (or park staff);
- Facilitate social cohesion by improving relations between the park and the local community;
- And can make positive, confident and healthy young people
Requirements and recommandations to join the EUROPARC JR network:
- A 5 – days programme per year is the minimum required expected: it can be one week, or different days activities throughout the year.
Activities should provide real nature conservation work experiences, and possibly also include cultural and social topics. Most of them should be done outdoor in nature.
Parks running Junior Ranger activities must be a EUROPARC member. We will provide all the information needed and help to get you started.
Being part of the network also enables to connect Junior Rangers in Protected Areas across Europe. Perhaps you want to find a Junior Ranger Programme to twin with from another part of Europe. We can help members with support and advice and connect across the network. Some of our sections encourage programme, for instance the very successful programme in Germany.
To learn more about the work of Junior Rangers, you can watch the documentary “A European Tour of Junior Rangers: Working for Nature“. This film portrays some of the activities that some of the Junior and Youth Ranger teams carry out to protect endangered habitats and species in Europe.
The main event of the network is the International Junior Ranger Camp, coordinated each summer by EUROPARC and hosted by one of the network members. This event is a great opportunity for many young people to gather, have fun and discover Europe’s biodiversity (more information here).
Please contact us to: share your ideas; if you want to start or indeed develop working with young people in your Protected Areas; if you already have a programme support Junior Rangers to attend an International Camp; or indeed host one of your own!
To learn more about this program, please download the brochure below, as well as the very useful guide of good practise published by EAI.
And visit the official EUROPARC Junior Ranger Facebook!