International Junior Ranger Camp

EUROPARC Federation, EUROPARC Germany and National Park Office Müritz are organising the

17th International Junior Ranger Camp

“Discover Europe’s wild Heritage”

The 17th International Junior Ranger Camp 2018 will take place in Mueritz National Park, Germany, from 9th to 15th July! 

Copyright: Mueritz National Park, Park Archive

The camp will be hosted at the Environmental Education Hostel “Steinmühle” in Müritz National Park, which is situated between Berlin and Rostock, in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The camp will be located at a beautifully remote place, surrounded by a lake (one out of about 100 in Müritz National Park), a small river and beech forests.

This year the Junior Rangers and their mentors will discover a part of these ancient Beech Forests of Germany which belong to the UNESCO World Heritage site “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”. They will enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing and walking, get to know scientific work at Müritz National Park and they will participate on practical restoration of wetlands. Visits to Tree Top Walk at the oldest trees of Germany and to the city of Neustrelitz will be part of the program.

Who can register? Youth who are aged between 13 and 17 years and are already involved in the Junior Ranger programs of their parks. The International Junior Ranger Camp is for you, if you have a good command of English, if you are ready to prepare yourself for the week and if you are motivated to contribute actively during the activities.

How to get there? The closest airport is Berlin (Tegel or Schönefeld). There is a local train connection to Neustrelitz every hour. A shuttle service from Neustrelitz to the Environmental Education Hostel will be available.

What about cost? Participants need to cover their own travel costs to Neutrelitz main station, but accommodation and subsistence costs for the camp and local transport will be covered by the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the National Park Office Müritz.

Registrations will be open from mid-February. More information and the invitation for registration will follow soon.

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 2017, Habkern (CH)

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)