Little Rangers on Big Missions

Lirttle ranger on a big mission ina National Trust place

Turn your kids into Little Rangers this summer and take part in our Big Missions to help nature.

School’s out for summer and with two glorious months of holidays stretching ahead, it’s time to make some plans to keep the kids entertained.

We’re looking for kids of all ages who are happy to roll up their sleeves, pull on their wellies and help us with some important conservation jobs across our places and spaces.

Little Rangers help us with Big Missions like butterfly counting
Little Ranger butterfly spotting
Little Rangers help us with Big Missions like butterfly counting

We’re calling them Little Rangers, and we’d love you to get your children involved.

Our Big Missions for Little Rangers include everything from planting wildflower seeds, to protecting wildlife by lifting litter and bird and butterfly spotting to check how healthy the populations are.

Creative kids can build bug hotels too, to provide quality accommodation for creepy crawlies, or get their hands dirty pulling out unwanted weeds.

Below are some of the Big Missions your Little Rangers can help us with this summer:

Don’t forget to pick up a Little Ranger sticker at reception when you’re done – thank you for helping us!

Little Ranger pond dipping to see what creatures he can find
Little Ranger Pond dipping
Little Ranger pond dipping to see what creatures he can find

Little Rangers, Big Missions

Bird spotting

If you’re near the coast, check out how our seabird colonies are doing and see how many seabirds you can spot. Or if you’re inland, look up to the skies and count how many different species of birds you can see.

Litter picking

Help us to look after wildlife by carefully collecting any rubbish you spot on your summer adventure here. If you find glass or dangerous items please report it to a Ranger.

Butterfly spotting

Get up close to the butterflies and see how many different species you can spot. Look carefully (but don’t catch) and check that the butterflies are healthy. Quietly look to see that their wings aren’t damaged.

Tree checks

Help us make sure our trees are healthy - have a walk around a tree to make sure the trunk and roots are ok. Measure the width, check for lichen on the bark and take bark rubbings. Why not take a tree survey to see how many different species there are.

Build a bug hotel

Find lots of types of sticks and leaves and look for a log to build them around. Leave your bug hotel ready for other rangers to inspect on their adventures.

Pond dipping      

Peer (carefully) into ponds to see what lurks beneath the surface. Note the variety of bugs you see. Check to see if you can spot any litter as this can be harmful to wildlife. Remove it, but only if it’s safe to do so.


Find a ranger or gardener and ask if they have any patches of weeds they would like you to clear. Pulling up weeds helps give other flowers more room to bloom!

Natural play at Springhill

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