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An Interview With Our Macpac Competition Winners!

What did you get up to over the Easter holidays? While staying at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Charli, Zoe and Joshua along with lots of other Junior Rangers were busy discovering nature in their own backyards.  As our Easter program went digital, our JR families were encouraged to try out some fun activities to get to know their backyards a little better.

From bird watching to night-time critter sounds, our young rangers got to experience nature that was right under their noses.  To add to the challenge, we asked everyone who completed an activity to send their treasure hunts, bird observations, creature features, and whatever else they had done, into us so we could see all the wonderful experiences that were happening around their homes.  The response was amazing, and we could tell straight away that everyone was having lots of fun.

Here are some of the entries from our winners…

Macpac, our principal partner of the Junior Rangers program offered two families the chance to win a voucher to spend on their next essential outdoor item and we’re so glad that we could do it at random as it would have been so hard to choose!

You can see that our winners, Charli, Joshua and Zoe sent in some wonderful activity sheets, photos and drawings about their backyard encounters which we loved.  Here is a little more about why they got involved with the Junior Rangers program and what they love about their own backyards…

Charli, enjoying her backyard with her liquid amber tree.

Charli, aged 11 from Mornington Peninsula has been a Junior Ranger for over two years.  Charli could remember two Junior Ranger activities with our rangers, where she went along with her brother and sister, Will and Milly. One was at Coolart Wetlands and Homestead and the other at Arthurs Seat.  Coolart was great because there was lots of bird watching and Arthur seat’s fun because they got to try and identify different animal poo. She particularly remembers the green square poo belonging to a wombat.

Charli enjoyed our nature treasure hunt and our creature feature activities over the Easter holidays because she could combine her love of arts and crafts and birds.  In fact, Charli loves birds so much, she helps her family care for the finches they breed in their back yard.  “There is so much to love about my backyard,” says Charli.  Apart from the two budgies that belong to her, there is a possum that nests in the tree and Charli loves the liquid amber tree because the leaves are a lovely colour this time of year. Her favourite bird? All parrots!  Charli often sees rainbow lorikeets them flying over her house.   What a great backyard to be exploring and a worthy winner of our Macpac competition.  Thanks, Charli.

Winners of our $100 Macpac voucher, brother and sister Joshua and Zoe, gave us an insight into their Junior Rangers activities by way of video interview surrounded by their incredible backyard bush.  First Zoe interviewing Joshua and then Joshua interviewing Zoe. Here’s what they had to say…


Thanks to everyone who sent in their activities.  Whatever your backyard there is always something to spot, even in the city!  Look out for more of your entries online as we’ll be posting others on our Parks Victoria Facebook page.

Our competition has closed for now but you can still download all our activities on our Make & Do page.  Why not check it out?  We’d love to hear from you.

Easter Nighttime Nature Adventure

Our digital holiday program is sadly drawing to an end, so we thought you may like to take your last activity and turn it into an overnight adventure! The final activity released today is called Adventures After Dark and how better to study creatures and sounds of the night than during a backyard Easter camp out! Join Ranger Carlie, setup a tent in the back garden and have a nature adventure at home. 



Thankyou to all of the Junior Rangers and families who sent in their completed activity sheets over the last two weeks. There have been some wonderfully creative entries received and it has been so exciting seeing such enthusiasm for making eye-opening discoveries in your own backyards! Hopefully we will be able to share some of these in our next update. Remember that we are still inviting you to send in your completed activity sheets to be in the running to receive one of two Macpac vouchers. Entries must be received by 11:59pm Sunday 12th April.


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Grab your furry friends, a torch, some snacks and maybe even catch the Easter bunny at work! Don’t forget to email us your work and camp out stories!

Hear it direct from our Junior Ranger Family!


After an unprecedented fire season impacted our summer activities, we received feedback from our Junior Ranger families that showed how strong our community spirit really is!

Read on to hear from Junior Ranger Emilie, see quotes from Junior Ranger families after their summer adventure and be sure to stay tuned for more  these holidays as Junior Ranger activities go digital!