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Junior Ranger program

Junior rangers

Queensland Indigenous land and sea rangers recognise the importance of educating the next generation about looking after country. Through the Junior Ranger program, delivered by teams across the state, the land and sea rangers educate young people in their communities about natural and cultural resource management, and the importance of caring for country. The land and sea rangers often become important role models and mentors for young people in their communities.

For Traditional Owners, Elders and Indigenous rangers, this youth engagement work is a highly valuable way of transferring traditional knowledge, Indigenous perspectives and scientific understandings to the younger generation. It encourages them to remain connected to country and inspires them to consider pursuing careers as rangers (or in related fields) in the future.

Youth engagement programs look different in each community, as individual ranger teams respond to their local community context. Activities may be delivered both in the classroom and on-country and may include classroom lessons and presentations, field excursions, camps, ranger base visits, work experience, traineeships and support in delivering vocational education in conservation and land management.

Young people are often included in ranger work activities such as beach clean-ups and in celebrating days of special significance such as World Ranger Day and NAIDOC Week. Through these varied activities, young people learn about caring for country in theory and in practice. These activities also provide inspiration for learning in science, geography, mathematics and other subjects.

For more information about the Junior Ranger Program in your local area, contact your local Indigenous land and sea ranger group: Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program – ranger locations. For more information about youth engagement activities delivered by Queensland Indigenous land and sea ranger teams, contact the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program by emailing landandsea@des.qld.gov.au.

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