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Tasmanians are being encouraged to sample Tasmania's beautiful parks and reserves with the Discovery Ranger Program over the summer holidays.

The program, now in its 36th year, offers free activities including guided walks, quiz nights and games for all ages. The program reaches about 30,000 people each summer.

Discovery Ranger Program manager Sam Cuff said the program is about inspiring people to visit Tasmania's parks and reserves, and encouraging them to take care of the natural environment.

“Activities range from the ageless rockpool rambles and guided walks, to quiz nights and wonder tables,” Sam said.

“They are suitable for all ages and provide a fantastic opportunity for the community to enjoy their local national parks, reserves and coastal areas with an experienced and passionate Discovery Ranger.

“Our focus is on reaching out to coastal communities, and connecting with different sections of the community. For example, this year we’re offering experiences that focus on the health and well-being benefits and experiences provided by our parks and reserves.”

This year’s group of Discovery Rangers is among the most experienced group on record, with many of the rangers having years and even decades of experience.

The Discovery Ranger program runs from 27 December 2013 until Monday, 26 January 2014, from the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area in the far north-west, to Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula in the south. Locations include Narawntapu National Park, the Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Freycinet National Park, Mt Field and Lake St Clair. There will also be penguin and shearwater guides at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve and the Lillico Beach Conservation Area.

Sam said the Discovery Ranger Program has been fortunate to partner with a number of organisations including NRM South, North and Cradle Coast, councils including Kingborough, Tasman, Break O’Day, Glenorchy, Saffire, the Bay of Fires Walk, and the Save The Tasmanian Devil program.

“This not only generates welcome funding support, but more importantly, helps us to tap into existing community events including sporting events, music and volunteering opportunities, such as weed busters, bird walks with local experts and local Aboriginal elders.”

For program activities, check the Parks and Wildlife Service website www.parks.tas.gov.au, Facebook/Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service or local parks and reserves.

Discovery Ranger program explores parks and reserves

Visitor reception officer Andrea Stanley will be running Discovery Ranger activities at Lake St Clair.

Discovery Ranger program explores parks and reserves

Discovery Rangers honing their skills at a training session in Hobart ahead of the program starting on 27 December.