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Junior Rangers

The Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Project is an exciting, fun and adventurous outdoor learning programme for young people aged 11–18 years

Junior Rangers foraging
Speyside High Junior Rangers out foraging on a Green Health Day.


What is the Cairngorms Junior Rangers Project?

The project involves 11-18 year olds, working alongside ranger services and other partners in the Park. It is based on a European model of engaging young people in fun, practical activities in Protected Areas that provides them with new skills and the opportunity to act as ambassadors for the National Park.

The Junior Ranger programme operates across Europe and our groups are affiliated to the EUROPARC Federation.

Monthly programme

Young people can sign up to monthly Junior Ranger sessions held in a variety of locations in the Cairngorms National Park. The participants will have the opportunity to:

  • develop skills, knowledge and understanding from the initial programme
  • use new skills in meaningful and real situations
  • act as Youth ambassadors for the Cairngorms National Park
  • participate in International and National Camps and exchanges
  • achieve their Scottish Countryside Rangers Association Junior Ranger Award

Schools’ programme

We work with secondary schools and partner Ranger Services in and around the Cairngorms National Park to deliver a 5 day programme that involves:

  • Visits and talks
  • Conservation tasks
  • Outdoor activities
  • Sharing experiences with friends and family
  • Achieving the John Muir Discovery Award
  • Graduating as a Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger


Junior rangers have the chance to explore the Cairngorms, working alongside adult rangers on practical tasks, whilst having fun and learning new skills with people of their own age. These skills will benefit young people in any future employment including roles within tourism and education. The activities will particularly suit those with an interest in outdoor or practical jobs such as public services, outdoor instructors and any roles within conservation and land management.

The project aims to promote international exchange, to develop positive, cooperative social skills, and to encourage the active citizenship of young people.

The project is based on experiential, practical, fun and inspirational activities in Protected Areas. It is managed by rangers, according to the idea of ‘learning by doing’. The programme is non-discriminatory and requires a professional approach and high standards of quality. The Junior Ranger project aspires to high environmental standards and forms connections between EUROPARC Protected Areas and local young people.

There are two groups of Junior Rangers that meet once a month on a Saturday or Sunday – one in Badenoch & Strathspey and one in Deeside. Locations and times vary depending on the session, but plenty of notice is given.



There is no charge for young people to take part in the programme. Delivery of most of the activities is shared across all the ranger services in the National Park, in addition to other key partners.

While some of the junior ranger equipment/resources is paid for by the CNPA (Cairngorms National Park Authority), young people in the programme are also encouraged to take an active role in grant applications and are involved in decisions on what that money is spent on.

Looking to the future, the Junior Ranger project will always help any young person with an interest in employment in outdoor, practical or environmental jobs.


To register your child for Junior Rangers please email [email protected] with their name, date of birth, and address.

See what the Junior Rangers have been up to on Cairngorms Rangers Facebook.

Contact us

Junior rangers smile with their arms outstretched at the top of a hill with clouds and more hills in the background
Junior Rangers having successfully climbed a Munro


For more information or to get involved in Junior Rangers contact:

See what the Junior Rangers have been up to on Cairngorms Rangers Facebook.