Youth Ranger Summer Scheme

A team of volunteers at Murlough National Nature Reserve

This summer the National Trust at Castle Ward is introducing its Youth Ranger Summer Scheme. Children from 13 – 17 are invited to be part of this free scheme and become one of our Youth Rangers.

The team will undertake a number of projects throughout the summer, helping our own Rangers at Castle Ward and Murlough National Nature reserve. Along the way the Youth Rangers will pick up key conservation skills, basic health and safety, wildlife identification knowledge as well as have plenty of opportunities to make friends and time to enjoy the beautiful places we look after.

The Youth Rangers will meet every other Sunday during July and August and help with projects like conservation at Temple Water, a beach clean at Murlough and even partake in a wild foraging and cook-out. Expect rain, barbeques, laughs and a real sense of achievement at the end of the day!

Volunteer Officer, Geoff Magill, who’s leading the scheme, said:
We’re launching the scheme not only to help us achieve our conservation goals, but also to make sure young people are getting a chance to engage with nature in a real, physical way. As a charity, we really want to instil a life-long love of the outdoors. We think the Youth Ranger scheme will be a really beneficial and fun project for everyone involved – I’ll be out in my waterproofs along with everyone to muck in!”

At the end of the scheme, participants will receive a certificate and record of their achievements which can help support Duke of Edinburgh commitments as well as aid CV and university or college applications.

If you or someone you know might be the perfect Youth Ranger, contact Geoff at Castle Ward on 028 4488 1007 or email to register for the scheme.