Junior Ranger program
Queensland Indigenous land and sea rangers recognise the importance of educating the next generation about looking after country. Land and sea rangers teams, in communities across the state, deliver a variety of youth engagement programs to teach young people in their communities about natural and cultural values, and the importance of caring for country. The land and sea rangers can be important role models and mentors for young people in their communities.
For many Traditional Owners, youth engagement work by land and sea ranger teams is a highly valued way of transferring traditional knowledge and First Nations perspectives and understandings to the younger generation. It can encourage young people to remain connected to country and to consider pursuing careers as rangers 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. Activities may include classroom lessons and presentations, field excursions, camps, ranger base visits, and more formalised Junior Ranger programs that run throughout the school term. For older students and young people, activities may include work experience, traineeships and support in delivering vocational education in conservation and ecosystem management. Activities are often linked to the school curriculum so that learning is extended in the classroom.
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 youth engagement activities in your local area, contact your local Indigenous land and sea ranger group. For more information about youth engagement programs delivered by Queensland Indigenous land and sea ranger teams in Queensland communities Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program – ranger locations, contact the Queensland Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger Program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org