The Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Project is an exciting, fun and adventurous outdoor learning programme for young people aged 11–18 years.
…then the Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Project is for you!
The project involves pupils from secondary schools in the five local authority areas of the National Park, 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.
An initial 5 day programme involves:
Graduates then take part in a follow-on programme which operates one day a month, where they:
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.