The Great Outdoors

Love being outside? Passionate about the environment? Find out about becoming a
Youth Ranger.
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 can join the Youth Rangers at
Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield and become actively involved in
conservation. Amy Peach is studying Geology at university and was a Youth Ranger for a few
years.

Why did you become a Youth Ranger?
I liked the idea of being able to do something active and practical within the park. It encourages you to develop important life skills such as team work, communication and self-reliance. It can also be used as service for your Duke of Edinburgh award, looks good on your CV and on university applications especially for science, geography, and environment-related degrees.

What do you do as a Youth Ranger?
You can get involved in many areas, including helping out with children’s groups, monitoring wildlife and contributing to the day-to-day running of the park. There is
also a chance to get involved with a twinning project, which has twinned the Park with Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. My favourite activity was task days which take place throughout the autumn/winter. They involve spending a day out in the forest or on the hill working on habitat
management, for example, clearing scrub to make for deer and reptiles. You get to use all sorts of exciting tools and they cook potatoes and sausages on a fire.

What did you like about Youth Rangers?
I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and meeting new people. I also like learning about conservation and think it’s important to protect the environment, particularly as
we become more aware of the role humans play in natural disasters and issues such as climate change.

How has Youth Rangers helped you plan for your future?
I’ve been interested in the environment for as long as I can remember. Youth Rangers developed that interest and I gained experience working in the field.
I got involved with the Queen Elizabeth Park Twinning Project and had the amazing opportunity to visit Uganda. I worked with rangers there and visited schools and
communities. I was able to use the trip for my Extended Project (a qualification equivalent to an AS Level) on geo-tourism, which helped me make important
decisions about going to university.

Anyone interested in becoming a Youth Ranger should call the Park on 023 92595040 or email qecp.enquiries@hants.gov.uk

Check out Queen Elizabeth Parks Twinning Project www.queenelizabethparks.org and the work of wildlife rangers around the world www.naturesfrontline.org.

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