Mini Park Rangers are nature-based activities for your little ones, providing opportunities for discovery, creativity, problem-solving, and questioning with a focus on our Parklands, our environment, and how we interact with the world around us. Mini Park Rangers enjoy new stories and themes each week during the school term.
Or become a Junior Park Ranger, and discover more about the environment from wherever you are. Learn how to safely explore and investigate the different plants and animals that live and grow around you. Watch this space for more Junior Park Rangers activities!
Water is the one of Earth’s most precious resources. About 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water (most of it saltwater in the oceans). We use water every single day and every living thing relies upon it. Did you know that water travels in a constant cycle across the land, in the air and through bodies of water. Each stage has a special name. Download the activity sheet to find out more.
Observation is a very important skill Park Rangers use every single day!
We monitor people, animals and the environment, but have you ever stopped and used your Ranger Toolkit to spot, smell and listen to things you might not have noticed before? Join Ranger Jenny in finding some pretty cool things around the park then complete a field sketch with her!
Sydney Olympic Park is home to seven different species of frogs, which love to live around the ponds, waterways and wetlands!
Join Ranger Sandra to meet Quincy, one of the frogs that calls the Education Centre its home before learning about the life cycle of frogs, then create your own life cycle wheel!
You might like to read some more about frogs in one of the following books:
Every year Sydney Olympic Park celebrates World Wetlands Day on February 2nd. For 2022 the theme is ‘Wetlands Action for People and Nature’, where we raise awareness about this unique and important environment.
Join Ranger Jenny in visiting some of the wetlands around the park and then create your own wetland at home!
You might like to read some more about wetlands in one of the following books:
For the final week of Mini Park Rangers 2021 our theme is Christmas!
Join the Park Rangers and meet the team who is going to be patrolling the parklands these Summer Holidays! If you see them out and about make sure you say hello! Then join Ranger Jenny in making a Christmas Wreath with some nature craft.
When visiting Sydney Olympic Park there are lots of things living in the waterways. One of the special creatures you can find are eels! These eels travel very long distances and stay here for long periods of time before migrating all the way back.
Join one of our new Park Rangers, Ranger Laura to learn about the eels, their diets and their life cycle before learning how to draw an eel yourself!
You might like to read some more about eels in one of the following books:
Maps are pictures of areas or places. They are usually shown or displayed as if you are flying above that area in an aeroplane. This week, join Ranger Sarah in learning all about maps, how to read and understand the things you find on maps and then go on a Treasure Hunt Activity!
You might like to read some more about mapping in one of the following books:
Camouflage is when animals or creatures disguise or blend themselves into the environment. This is used to help the animal or creature hide in the areas that surround them, to help them survive and keep it safe from predators.
Join Ranger Veronica in learning about camouflage, the animals and creatures that camouflage and play a game of who can you spot?
You might like to read some more about camouflage in one of the following books:
Pollinator Week recognises all the important and unique pollinators across Australia. These include bees, butterflies, flies, moths, beetles, birds and bats. Without these sorts of creatures plants wouldn’t be able to produce many flowers, seeds, fruits or vegetables, which people and animals need to survive.
You might like to read some more about pollinators and pollination in one of the following books:
Sydney Olympic Park has over 50 different artworks spread across the parklands. Ranger Julie is exploring some of these artworks and will looks at the Sundial in a little bit more detail, before showing us how to make a time-telling sundial that we can use at home!
You might like to read some more about sundials, time and shadows in one of the following books:
There are many different types of snails. One you might see regularly is the common garden snail, sometimes it munches on your garden! But what is the difference between the snails in your garden and the mangrove snails that live in the wetlands? Let’s find out and also complete a snail sketch acitivity with Ranger Sandra.
You might like to read some more about trees, leaves or bark in one of the following books:
Trees, leaves and bark are all unique. There are so many different features to explore like shapes, colours, sizes, textures and more! See how many different types of features you can find when exploring your local areas. Find out more about trees, leaves and bark and have a go at completing a bark rubbing!
You might like to read some more about trees, leaves or bark in one of the following books:
Blue-tongue lizards are the largest members of the skink family. They are usually brown, black and cream in colour and can be found in lots of different places including your backyard! Find out more about blue-tongue lizards and even make a lizard friendly habitat in your garden!
You might like to read some more about lizards in one of the following books:
This week for Mini Park Rangers we are celebrating World Migratory Bird Day. This is celebrated on the 9th of October where we raise awareness in helping conserve (save) the habitats of migratory birds. Find out about the migratory birds that visit Sydney Olympic Park and make yourself an origami Curlew bird!
You might like to read some more about migratory birds in one of the following books:
- Colour for Curlews by Renee Treml
- Circle by Jeannie Baker
- Birds by Carme Lemniscates
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
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:
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:
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:
You may like to read more about White-bellied sea-eagles in one of the following books:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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!
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!
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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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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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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!
Observation is a key skill Park Rangers need when patrolling the parklands. This helps them identify what plants, animals and objects belong where, how they look and notice if they have changed!
Backyard birds are all around us but do you know their names? Make yourself a pair of binoculars and see if you can identify some of your local residents! Watch the video and download the Activity Sheet for more information and activities.
Explore who and what lives in your back garden! This DIY Discovery Kit will use things you can find throughout your house to become the ultimate outdoor explorer. Create your tools and then see what minibeasts you can find.Download your activity sheet
Do those leaves look like wings? Do those seed pods look like bodies? See what you can find around your house and what your imagination turns it into!
What sorts of things do frogs need to survive? Find out what features create an ideal habitat and see if you can create one too!