BioQuest is on again!

Use the QuestaGame app to submit sightings of the life you find as you explore the participating Victorian parks between 23rd September and 8th October, 2017. Also complete any of the Junior Rangers ‘park quests’ for bonus gold, and a chance to win one of the ‘Quest Hero’ prizes!

Register to play and view the results: https://questagame.com/junior-rangers

Incredible finds during the BioBlitz

The Junior Ranger BioBlitz found lots of amazing plants and animals in parks during the 2016 spring holidays.

In total, 400 observations of 165 different species were made by 59 Junior Ranger observers.

Check out the full results here: www.inaturalist.org/projects/parks-victoria-bioblitz

What can I expect from a Junior Ranger activity?

The Junior Ranger program is run every school holidays. Summer, spring, winter and autumn. Each season, there is something different to explore, whether it’s dipping your toes into sparkling rockpools or getting up early to find our feathered friends. Two weeks before each holidays, look at the What’s On listing for more information about activities in a park near you.

But what can you expect when you come along to a Junior Ranger activity with a Parks Victoria ranger?

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Explore further than before

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Check out the new Adventure Trails at Brimbank and Werribee parks!

Adventure Trails encourage you to explore further than before discovering new plants, animals, special places and hidden trails along the way.

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Google goes underwater

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How cool! Google’s street view has taken a dive underwater. You can now explore the world’s oceans from home to find playful seals, Blue Gropers, Port Jackson Sharks and lots of other unique marine plants and animals.

Even cooler is that you can see many of these animals for real just off our coastline! Grab and adult and a snorkel and head to one of our 24 marine protected areas dotted along the coastline to see diverse and colourful animals. Little fish, big fish, sponges, kelp and seagrass meadows are waiting for you to explore while the water is warm. You might even be lucky enough to spy a Weedy Seadragon drifting about jetties, definitely not seen in the google images as it only lives in the southern waters of Australia. Don’t forget the camera!

Junior Rangers love bird watching!

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Take a look outside – can you see or hear a bird calling? They’re in your backyard, at the playground and even in the trees at school. This week is national Bird Week, and to celebrate we’ve created a new Bird Watching activity for you to try. Head out to your local park to see if you can spot some locals, discover where they live and what different kinds of birds like to eat. Best of luck Junior Rangers!

Climate dogs round up our weather

 

Have you ever wondered why some years we have lots of rain, some years it’s really dry? There are a lot of different things happening in the sky that create our weather, and sometimes it’s so complicated we don’t know what to expect.

Luckily, we have some clever climate dogs to help us understand Victoria’s weather a little more.

As we head into spring, keep an eye on the weather and see if you think it is a wet spring or a dry spring, and what you think this means the climate dogs have been up to.

Win tickets to Disney’s Planes Preview Screening

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUEExciting news Junior Rangers! To celebrate our love for Victoria’s national parks, and the role Parks Victoria plays in managing fire in these special places, we’ve got tickets to Disney’s new animation Planes Fire and Rescue. And best of all, we’d like to invite you to come along!

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Brimbank’s playscape just got better!

Brimbank Park wheelchair med resA new all-terrain wheel chair available at Brimbank Park now makes it easier for children with a disability and their families to enjoy visiting the park’s playscape.

The new wheelchair is a great addition to Brimbank Park, particularly as the new playscape has been designed especially to cater for children with a disability. You can also take the all-terrain chair nearly anywhere in the park, as it is suited for sandy and semi-rough tracks and can easily disassemble and fit in the back of a station wagon.

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Keep our coasts clean

 

Victorians are lucky to boast a unique and diverse coastline. From rugged cliffs to surf beaches to bays, our coastline has a lot to offer. Unfortunately, Victorians also have a lot to offer with tonnes of rubbish accidently flowing through storm water systems and into the sea.

Plastic pollution poses a major threat to the marine ecosystem. Plastics don’t break down like organic materials (e.g. wood or leaves). Instead, plastic hangs around for a very long time. (more…)