The Mendip Hills AONB Young Ranger Scheme has been running since 2005. It is a two year programme with an intake of 15 young people from local schools aged 11-15. On completion of the programme the Young Rangers can move on to become Advanced Young Rangers. Once they reach 18 years of age Advanced Young Rangers can become AONB Volunteer Rangers undertaking a range of tasks in the AONB.
The scheme aims to equip young people from local schools and the community to be the future guardians of this special and unique area. It provides them with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be able to promote, preserve and protect the special features of the AONB. We will provide them with life skills that are translatable in the real world and will enhance their future prospects. Finally, we want the scheme to be a life changing experience for them, providing a safe and fun experience that develops them as people.
What do we want them to understand?
· What special features the AONB is designated for
· What role the Mendips AONB unit plays
· The techniques and skills used to preserve and protect these features
· The value of the AONB for people, wildlife and heritage
· The human story of the AONB- past and present
· What makes a career in conservation?
· How to use the skills they have gained to enhance their future development
What do our Young Ranger’s get up to?
Our Young Ranger’s take part in a wide variety of activities during their time with us including first aid and navigation training, completion of the John Muir award, conservation tasks, wildlife surveys, adventure activities and community outreach work- and more!
Advanced Young Rangers
Our Advanced Young Rangers take on more responsibility, helping to run the Young Ranger scheme and gaining more experience to help them secure employment in the conservation sector.
Young Ranger Assistants
We have fantastic volunteers who help us run the sessions – providing support for the Volunteer Coordinator who runs the scheme.