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Discovery Ranger - a new name for an old friend


As Tasmanians turn their mind to a summer of outdoor fun, Discovery Rangers are ready to help them enjoy their parks and reserves.

Today, a dozen rangers were congratulated by Minister for Tourism, Arts and the Environment, Paula Wriedt, as they completed their training before heading to parks and reserves around the State to help visitors explore and have fun.

"I congratulate them for stepping forward for this important job - helping Tasmanians and tourists alike enjoy and appreciate what Tasmania has to offer," Ms Wriedt said.

Discovery Ranger is the new name for the Summer Interpretation Ranger program that, for 27 years, has been a friendly, helpful and free service for those exploring Tasmania's stunning natural places.

From December 26 to January 29, the rangers will conduct guided walks, children's activities, slideshows and spotlight walks in National Parks and reserves around Tasmania.

"The Discovery Rangers help visitors discover more about our National Parks and reserves," Ms Wriedt said.

Twelve rangers will be stationed around Tasmania and for the first time a Discovery Ranger will be based at Ansons Bay in the northeast.

There will also be six guides assisting those wanting to discover the shearwater and penguin colonies at Ocean Beach, Lillico Beach and Bruny Island.
A copy of the Discovery Ranger program can be found in the Department of Tourism, Arts and the Environment's Summer Discoveries Guide, which also includes activities and ideas for things to do at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the Port Arthur Historic Site and the myriad of events throughout Tasmania over summer.

This guide can be downloaded at the Department's websites including: www.parks.tas.gov.au and www.discovertasmania.com.