Alternative to an Easter egg hunt

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Parks Victoria is hosting Nature Treasure Hunts in Yarrawonga as part of the Junior Ranger program these Easter holidays, April 8 to 18.

Come along to the Yarrawonga Boat Ramp on April 12 to join in on the ‘all fired up’ workshop, learning about the role rangers play in fighting bushfires.

Park Rangers host the free Junior Ranger program for kids aged six to 12 and their families to have fun learning in nature, get outdoors and better understand Victoria’s wonderful plants, wildlife and amazing natural and cultural heritage.

All Junior Ranger activities are designed to inspire curiosity, whether it’s going on a Nature Treasure Hunt, searching for creatures on a Minibeast Discovery, Megabat Flyout or as a Wildlife Detective, learning about plants as a Flora Explorer or hearing about the history of our environment on a cultural walk and talk. 

Parks Victoria Education and Interpretation Officer James Adams said the variety of activities Parks Victoria run in the Junior Ranger program engages kids and families in exploring the natural world around them.

“At Parks Victoria, we believe nature is essential for human health and wellbeing and that everyone should have the opportunity to connect with nature, especially children,” Mr Adams said.

“Spending time playing and learning outdoors provides children with developmental benefits such as improved physical and mental health and social connections.”

Ten-year-old Nandita Chander has been to Junior Ranger activities across Melbourne and looks forward to them every school holidays.

“I love being a Junior Ranger because I get to learn hands-on about nature. I have explored beaches searching for carnivorous crustacean shells and am fascinated by the diverse life that exists even though we can’t see it with our bare eyes,” said Nandita.

“I have learned about my country, its unique plants and animals and how we must care for them. It is a family outing that we all learn from and enjoy.”

All activities are free but bookings are essential and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Be the first to know what’s on by signing up to the Junior Ranger Mailing List.  

Visit the website for activity locations and dates, and to register your attendance. For more information call Parks Victoria on 13 1963. 

Local activities at the Yarrawonga Regional Park;

“All fired up”

Learn about the role rangers play in fighting bushfires and gain an insight to how fires are planned for and managed in our national parks. This activity is suitable for children aged 6-12, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian aged 18 or over.

Where: Yarrawonga Boat Ramp. When: April 12, 2pm-3pm.