22nd June 2009
Seven pupils from Kingussie High School have completed the very first Cairngorms National Park Junior Ranger Project 5 day programme to become Junior Rangers.
Despite the changeable weather last week all the teenagers made the most of their time finding out about biodiversity at RSPB Insh Marshes, experiencing outdoor access at first hand whilst canoeing on the River Spey and helping to lessen the impact of visitors on Cairngorm mountain.
At the end of the week they were presented with Junior Ranger certificates at Badaguish Outdoor Centre.
The Project has been a great success and all the pupils said they would recommend it to their friends. However, it would not have been possible without the hard work of the local ranger services from Highland Council, Cairngorm, Explore Abernethy and RSPB Insh Marshes.
The Project is co-ordinated and funded by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and run under the guidelines of the EUROPARC Federation, of which the Cairngorms National Park is a member.
Eric Baird, the CNPA’s vice convener, said: “It was really good to get the support of the school and parents for the Project and the commitment of the young people themselves to the programme.”