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A variety of Discovery Ranger activities around Tasmania's parks and reserves will help to celebrate the importance of wetlands on World Wetlands Day, this Friday, February 2.

The Tamar Island Wetlands Centre at Launceston will be the focus of activities with a range of events throughout the day from 10am to 3pm.

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre business manager Janice Miller said the activities will help people to better understand the wetland environment and its values.

"The theme for this year's World Wetlands Day is Fish for Tomorrow, which is appropriate given that one billion people rely on fish and shellfish as their main source of protein," Ms Miller said.

"Healthy wetlands are the key to healthy fish populations."
The activities for World Wetlands Day are part of the Parks and Wildlife Service's Discovery Ranger program that is running at parks and reserves and the day's activities will be supported by the wetland centre's volunteers.

Activities run from 10am to 3pm and include identifying water bugs and fish, creating a wetland wall hanging, screen printing (bring your own T-shirt) and a treasure hunt. A guided stroll to Tamar Island will be held at 11.30am.

Ms Miller said all activities are free but a donation for the wetland centre is encouraged. For more information, call the wetland centre on (03) 6327 3964.

Discovery Ranger activities celebrating World Wetlands Day are scheduled for Freycinet National Park, Tasman National Park, Bridport and Narawntapu National Park.

Detailed information is available at local shops in those areas or by calling the park visitor centres.