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PWS rangers go back to school

15/03/2005

Tasmania's summer rangers have wound down their activity programs in the state's national parks and are taking them into schools.

Rangers from the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, Freycinet and Mt Field national parks have adapted their educational and fun activities to the classroom.

The state-wide school project is a natural extension of the award-winning Parks and Wildlife Service Summer Ranger Program which operates in Tasmania's national parks from December to February.

Minister for Tourism, Parks, and Heritage Ken Bacon said the tremendous response by schools to the Rangers in Schools project reflected another busy holiday season in the state's parks and reserves and huge visitor interest in ranger-led activities.

"The summer rangers have played a vital role in developing a broad community and visitor appreciation of the significance of Tasmanian's national parks," Mr Bacon said.

"The schools project, now in its second year, provides an opportunity to extend this and foster the connection between the community and the natural environment.

"In some cases the rangers will host a visit by students to a national park."

Student activities in the national parks will focus on environmental and cultural activities, short interpretive walks, slideshows and evening spotlight walks.

Environmental games and activities, presentations and slideshows will form the basis of ranger visits to schools.

Mr Bacon said due to popular demand summer ranger activities would continue at Cradle Mountain, Mt Field, Maria Island, Freycinet and on board Spirit of Tasmania III over the Easter break.

"There was an extremely high response to ranger-led activities in these areas over summer," he said.

"These national parks traditionally attract a large number of visitors over Easter and there will be a range of Wild Times at Easter activities for them to enjoy."