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Children to learn about the great outdoors in Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Junior Ranger Sessions this Easter





Sessions teaching children about nature and the outdoors will be taking place over the Easter holidays.

Two Junior Rangers sessions for children aged eight to 12-years-old will provide an opportunity to learn about and discover the wonders of nature through outdoor activities.

These sessions will be held at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark on April 4, from 2pm to 3.30pm, and at Vicar Water Country Park on April 9, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Junior Rangers - cooking. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Junior Rangers - cooking. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Emma Oldham, Newark and Sherwood District Council’s portfolio holder for biodiversity and environmental services, said: "We're excited to bring back this unique learning experience to the children in our community."

“Junior Rangers is a programme that encourages children to learn by exploring and engaging with their natural environment and develop a deep connection with nature.

“As a qualified Forest Schools practitioner myself, I've witnessed firsthand the unique opportunity these types of sessions deliver — from developing new and exciting skills in a fun environment, to building a lasting appreciation and understanding of the natural world around us.”

The Junior Ranger sessions are all about learning practically and having fun, with children able to learn and engage in hands-on activities, surrounded by nature and explore, discover, and play.

Participants will be guided through a variety of activities such as nature walks, outdoor games, and plant and animal identification.

Junior Rangers - Food trying. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Junior Rangers - Food trying. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Junior Rangers - Shelter Building. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Junior Rangers - Shelter Building. Photo: Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The council’s experienced Junior Ranger leaders are trained in first aid and will help children to develop important life skills such as teamwork, communication, and self-confidence.

The two Easter sessions at Vicar Water Country Park and Sconce and Devon Park will focus on arts and nature, during which the children will get to create sculptures and dream catchers using materials found in nature, create their own art pieces using materials around the park, learn about birds including how to spot and identify them, and more.

If this is of interest, for more information or to book a space, please visit: https://selfservice.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/renderform.aspx?t=295&k=701E9CFB06450F0FC7382E4FE6C11B456F05B45F

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