The Summer Discovery Ranger program may be over, but PWS Discovery Rangers continue to engage with school and community groups across Tasmania to increase conservation awareness and action. The schools and events activities are in full swing, following the success from last year when over 6500 participants enjoyed the benefits of this highly sought-after service.
The program aims to increase understanding of what makes our national parks, World Heritage Areas and Tasmania’s natural and cultural values so special. Whether it is conference delegates, visitors, locals, or school students, PWS Discovery Rangers expertly facilitate and guide learning and understanding that creates a better appreciation for what we have and the role we all play in protecting it.
Maria Island National Park is a popular destination where Discovery Rangers have facilitated day trips and cultural interstate camps. They recently visited Bruny Island District School where the program received positive feedback from the teachers involved.
“The Discovery Ranger session was a highlight of our inquiry project. It helped students to consolidate their learning on living things, habitats, and conservation. It also aligned very well as a preparatory session before the final reflecting and acting stage of our inquiry”, said teacher Elena from Bruny.
“Students learned about species, habitats that support them, and ways they can protect and support species to thrive” she said.
Over the next month Discovery Rangers will lead immersive nature walks with conference delegates at Mount Field National Park, running school activities with Riverside Primary, Waimea Heights, St Marys and others.
Supporting community events like the Bruny Island Bird Festival, Kunanyi Mountain Run with Wildcare Tasmania and turning of the Fagus activities at Mount Field ensure Discovery Rangers reach a broad range of visitors and users of parks and reserves.
Make sure to say Hi! next time you see them out and about!