Junior Honorary Rangers National Project
The SANParks Junior Honorary Rangers National Project coordinates and manages the standard of Junior Honorary Ranger activities and training courses offered by the regions. Junior Honorary Rangers are typically high school children who have an interest in conservation. The activities and courses, which are interactive, are generally held outside of the national parks, although the Junior Honorary Rangers may visit the national parks as part of their annual curriculum. The curriculum is offered in five-phases over five years.
The aims of the Junior Honorary Rangers National Project are to:
- Instil a love for and knowledge of nature and conservation
- Support SANParks
- Have a succession plan for the SANParks Honorary Rangers
- Encourage Junior Honorary Rangers to remain involved in conservation and support SANParks after they have left school
In order for a Junior Honorary Ranger to become an Honorary Ranger, he/she must have attended Junior Honorary Rangers not less than an average of 80% over three years and must pass the compulsory SANParks Honorary Ranger course.
The ultimate goal is to have at least one Junior Honorary Ranger group in each region.