Ranger School

Sign up now for Ranger School! This is a unique opportunity during the summer holidays for children aged 11-14 to join our Park Rangers for a week, and find out exactly what it takes to look after some of the UK’s most protected landscapes.

Each morning the children will meet with our Ranger Team and head out into the National Park and spend the day working with them on a variety of different tasks, including:

  • Visit The Sill and meet the Rangers.
  • Take part in conservation activities at Greenlee Lough, one of the Parks most important ecological sites.
  • Learn about how we look after the Hadrian’s Wall path on a guided walk along the Wall.
  • Take part in mammal monitoring.
  • Learn navigation skills.

All sessions will start at The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre.

Book all 4 days and get an additional session on Monday 29th free!

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Each day our Ranger Team will provide a range of exciting outdoor activities and challenges:

Monday 29th July: Meet the Ranger Team
This session is offered as an additional day to those who book four sessions.

A fun introduction to Northumberland National Park including a guided tour of The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre. Participants will learn about the John Muir Discover Award and the challenges involved. After lunch, join our National Trail Rangers on an exploration of Hadrian’s Wall.

Tuesday 30th July: Habitats at Greenlee Lough

Participants will visit Greenlee Lough Nature Reserve where they will see  the reptiles, birds and mammals that live in this habitat, and learn how these creatures are adapted to live there. 

Wednesday 31st July: Walltown Grassblade Jungle

Take a guided tour of Walltown and explore the nature trails and habitats there. Participants will discover the multitude of minibeasts that live in the grass and flowers all over the National Park. Children will also help the Rangers conduct species surveys and learn how lichen acts as a clean indicator around the site.

Thursday 1st August: Mammal Monitoring

Participants will assist the Rangers in finding out which mice, shrews and voles are living around The Sill. They will use special traps to collect small mammals before weighing and measuring them.  They will also learn how make and install bird and bat boxes which the Rangers use in their conservation work to protect species in the National Park.

Friday 2nd August: Maps and Navigation

Learn the skills required by National Park Rangers to explore our unique landscape. Participants will receive an Introduction to Navigation and learn valuable map reading skills. In the afternoon they will meet our GIS Officer and learn how the National Park use drone to create detailed maps.

Information for parents

For an additional £5 per day we can provide return transport from Hexham for children taking part in Ranger School.

Pick-ups will be from Northumberland National Park HQ, Eastburn, Hexham, NE46 1BS. Please arrive no later than 8.15pm. Return drop-off will be at 4.30pm.

All staff are DBS checked and have Outdoor First Aid qualifications.

Children will need to bring their own lunch and drinks each day, and wear suitable clothing for the outdoors. More information on this will be provided with the booking confirmation.

John Muir Award

Children who sign up to all four days will have the opportunity to receive the John Muir Discover Award by completing four challenges over the four days.

  • Discover a Wild Place
  • Explore It
  • Do Something To Conserve It
  • Share The Experience

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a nationally recognised certificate as a record of achievement and also to enhance a CV!

The John Muir Discover Award is a environmental award scheme focused on wild places, to help develop

  • Responsibility, stewardship, citizenship
  • Practical knowledge & skills
  • Shared experiences, teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence
  • Health & wellbeing

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