Parks and reserves throughout the Southern Peninsula are hosting FREE winter holiday fun for kids. Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers Program shares the hidden mysteries of our special places as kids enjoy energetic outdoor adventures proving you don’t need online games to keep the kids amused when it’s cold outside.

The popular holiday program is hosted by Parks Victoria rangers and is free to register. Children aged between 6 – 12 years old can enjoy ranger talks and adventures at Point Nepean National Park, Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, Collins First European Settlement Site, Coolart Wetlands and Historic Homestead and Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary from 3rd to 16th July.

There are very few lighthouses in Australia still operating, and the free ‘Cape Schanck Lighthouse Tours’ lets kids explore lighthouse life on Monday 3rd and 10th July, and Tuesday 4thand 11th of July.

Point Nepean National Park’s ‘Tour de Forts’ on Thursday 6th and 13th July explores tunnels, gun emplacements and military history through the eerie and history filled tunnels of Fort Nepean.  The ‘I Spy a Quarantine Station’ also helps kids burn off some energy as they take part in heritage fact finding and I Spy missions at the Quarantine Station on Thursday 6th and 13th July, while, on Friday 7th and 14th July’s ‘Art in the Park’ at nearby Collins First European Settlement Site, they can create artworks inspired by nature to leave for the bush to reclaim.

Kids can rug up and roam our rocky shores at Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary in Flinders with our popular ‘Rockpool Rambles’ on Tuesday 4th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July as they meet several strange critters living on our shoreline.

Binoculars will be out in force for budding bird watchers at Coolart Wetlands and Homestead on Wednesday 7th July as ‘Finding Feathered Friends’ helps kids learn bird identification skills in the coastal and wetland environment, stretching both their minds and legs.

The winter Junior Ranger program is well loved with many children discovering life-long passions for the environment and history.  All activities are free, but bookings are essential at www.juniorrangers.com.au Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Chief Ranger Southern Peninsula, Mr Kris Rowe.

“Studies show that kids need nature in their lives.  It’s good for their mental and physical health and wellbeing, and it’s a great stimulation for learning about the world and the environment too. Our Junior Ranger programs help kids make life-long connections with nature and their local environment.”

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Andrea Rowe

PR consultant and copywriter specialising in not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises & coastal businesses. Clients include Royal Flying Doctors Service, Parks Victoria, People & Parks Foundation, Peninsula Hot Springs, Conservation Volunteers Aust NZ, Victoria Walks, Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association, Luke Batty Foundation, Little Desert Nature Lodge, The Bays Hospital, Focus, Bicycle Victoria, Cool Australia, Crinkling News, Kids Teaching Kids, The Hero Foundation and others.

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