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Ranger Adventures

Calling all budding rangers, check out our Mini Park Rangers and Junior Rangers activities and explore and discover the great outdoors.
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Biodiversity Month

You may like to read more about biodiversity in one of the following books:
-          Australia Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert
-          Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel
-          One Day on our Blue Planet: In the Outback by Ella Bailey

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Rainbows in Nature

A rainbow is a multi-coloured arc or arch in the sky. It is made when light from the sun goes through raindrops that are floating in the sky and splits them into rainbow stripes.

You may like to read more about rainbows in one of the following books:

  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney
  • What makes a Rainbow? By Betty Schwartz

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Animal Dads

On Sunday 5 September, we will be celebrating Father’s Day. One special dad we have in Park is the male Green and Golden Bell Frog. These frogs spend a lot of energy and risk their lives for a chance to become dads! Watch this week's episode to find out why.

You may like to read more about Animal Dads in one of the following books:

  • Wild about Dads by Diana Murray
  • The Daddy Animal Book by Jennifer Cossins
  • Wild about dads by Phillip Bunting

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is when we understand how we are feeling, what we are thinking about and what is going on in the environment around us.

As we are stuck at home it can be challenging or frustrating at times. It is important to take big, deep breaths and take some time out of each day to make sure your brain and body have time to relax.

You may like to read more about Mindfulness in one of the following books:

  • My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Being Mindful Breathing by Alison Taylor and Nick Ortner
  • Here and Now by Julia Denos
  • Your mind is like the sky by Bronwyn Ballard and Laura Carlin

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White-bellied Sea-eagles

You may like to read more about White-bellied sea-eagles in one of the following books:

  • The Eagle Inside by Jack Manning Bancroft
  • The Eagles are Back by Jean Craighead George

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Minibeasts
Minibeasts are small animals that do not have a backbone or internal skeleton. They are also known as invertebrates. Minibeasts live all around us, in the air, on land and in water. They are very important creatures because some of them help pollinate flowers, which grows food for us, some of them help break down organic and waste matter and some of them are food for larger animals.

You may like to read more about Minibeasts in one of the following books:

  • Bugs and Minibeasts by Christiane Engel
  • Mad about Minibeasts by Giles Andreae
  • Lift and Look Bugs by Tracy Cottingham

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Olympic Games
This week on Mini Park Rangers, it's Olympic Games time! Ranger Sandra tells us a little bit about the history of the Olympic Games, the sports played, and ways in which you can host your own backyard Olympic Games with your family!

You may like to read more about the Olympic Games in one of the following books:

  • G is for Gold: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Hertzog
  • The Triumphant Story of an Underdog Olympig by Victoria Jamieson
  • The Frog Olympics by Brian Moses

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World Ranger Day
The Park Rangers at Sydney Olympic Park play an important role in ensuring the parklands are safe for all visitors and that both animals and their habitats are protected. Every day they are responsible for ensuring there are no hazards, conducting environmental monitoring, attending to injured wildlife, assisting if there are any emergencies and helping visitors with enquiries.

You may like to read more about Park Rangers in one of the following books:

  • If I were a Park Ranger by Catherine Stier and Patrick Corrigan
  • Don’t Feed the Bear by Kathleen Doherty
  • All Aboard! National Parks: A Wildlife Primer by Haily Meyers and Kevin Meyers

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Animal Hibernation and Cold Weather
During colder seasons some animals go through a process called hibernation.
Hibernation is a way animals conserve or save energy. In winter there might not be much food around or some of these animals are very small and cannot travel very far to find food. To survive these animals usually eat lots during warmer months before curling themselves up into safe places, where they breathe much more slowly, drop their body temperature and slow down their heart rate.

You may like to read more about animal hibernation in one of the following books:

  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
  • Wide awake Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley
  • William Wakes up by Linda Ashman

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Plastic Free July

Recycling and reusing products can become part of our everyday practice for us all. It is a great way to reduce our footprint on the environment and encourages our children to think about rubbish in a different way.

You may like to read more about Plastic Free July in one of the following books:

  • Somebody Swallowed Stanley, by Sarah Roberts, Illustrated by Hannah Peck
  • No-Plastic Challenge by Scot Ritchie
  • Little Hector and the Big Idea by Ruth Paul

Download your Mini Park Rangers Plastic Recycling Activity Sheet

Mini Park Rangers: We Celebrate the Wangal

 Mini Park Rangers are invited to learn and celebrate the importance of NAIDOC week, usually celebrated in July each year and The Wangal, the traditional custodians of the land at Sydney Olympic Park. This year's NAIDOC week has been postponed due to COVID-19, but in this episode we celebrate that Australia’s land, Always was, Always will be, Aboriginal Land.

Mini Park Rangers: Focus on Possums

Have you ever wondered about the noises you hear on your roof at night? Or
Perhaps you have seen a scurrying shadow on your fence? Chances are you have heard this animal leaping on to your roof from a tall tree, you may hear thuds, squeals or hisses. What do you think it it is? That's right, it is probably a possum!

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Mini Park Rangers: Park Ranger on Patrol

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Park Ranger? In this weeks episode you are going to get a sneak peak of what we get up to at work!
As a Park Ranger we have a lot of different tasks to do! So why don’t you come along and be a Park Ranger for the day!

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Mini Park Rangers: Camouflage

In this weeks episode, we are learning about Camouflage. Camouflage is when a plant or animal blends in to its surroundings or its environment. Camouflage in nature is a great way to go undetected, and to keep an animal protected, particularly if you are an insect, frog, possum, turtle or bird. Lets learn more about Camouflage. Can you think of something that hides well using camouflage?

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Mini Park Rangers: My Favourite Places at Sydney Olympic Park

In this episode we are taking you to some of our Park Rangers favourite places at Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park is 640 hectares, there is a lot to discover, explore and love. Where is your favourite place to visit in the Park? Lets see where the Park Rangers take us today.

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Mini Park Rangers: Recycling

Let's talk reuse and recycling. Recycling and reusing products can become part of our everyday practice for us all. It is a great way to reduce our footprint on the environment and encourages our children to think about rubbish in a different way.

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Mini Park Rangers: Habitats

Explore the Parklands with this week's episode of Mini Park Rangers. Ranger Nicole and Ranger Joseph will take you to the waterbird refuge, where you can spot all kinds of wildlife

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Mini Park Rangers: Spiders & Spiderwebs

In this weeks episode we are going to learn about spiders, spider webs and how to view them safely. Spiders are mostly safe, but should be left alone. They can be enjoyed and viewed from a distance. So the best thing we can do is enjoy them from a distance. Don't ever pick up, probe or play with a spider.

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Mini Park Rangers: Rainbows in Nature

In this weeks episode we are going to discover rainbows in nature. Nature is a fascinating place to explore, and whilst we can't visit our Parklands at the moment, it's a great opportunity to explore your own neighbourhoods. Different colours and shades can be found anywhere, whether you are looking at leaves, flowers, trees, rocks, or branches. Why not see what colours you can find to create your own rainbow from nature.
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Mini Park Rangers: Trees & Leaves

Today we are going to have a closer look at Leaves and Trees. All around Sydney Olympic Park and in our neighbourhoods are different trees, each with own type types of leaves, bark and friends. There are trees with smooth bark, and others with rough and flaky bark, the bark can be all shades of brown and red. Look at the leaves, are they long and thin, or large and rough. Each leaf has a purpose to the tree, and to the environment where the tree grows. Are you ready, let's go exploring.
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Mini Park Rangers: Let's go birdwatching

Our first Mini Park Rangers episode explores water birds and binoculars.Go birdwatching with Ranger Leanne, hear stories of water birds at Lake Belvedere with Ranger Judy, and make your own binoculars with Ranger Fiona!

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