Junior Rangers

Are you aged 12 – 16? Do you love the great outdoors, fancy exploring your National Park?

Dartmoor National Park established the Junior Ranger Project in 2015. The project offers people between the ages of 12 – 16 a chance to develop a deeper understanding and passion for Dartmoor, as well as developing practical and personal skills.

This exciting project offers you an enjoyable way to become ambassadors for Dartmoor’s very special qualities. There are tons of opportunities for learning, meeting like-minded people and having loads of outdoor fun.

What you get 

Your commitment will be recognised by working to achieve not one but four different Awards:

  • The nationally recognised John Muir Explorer 8 day award – which has four important elements: discover, explore, conserve and share.
  • The international Europarc Junior Ranger Certificate
  • The National Outdoor Learning Award which helps you reflect on behaviours to help develop and understanding of resilience and self-esteem. This award has now been adopted by the Institute of Outdoor Learning.
  • The local Dartmoor National Park Authority Junior Ranger Award

These certificates and awards help build a portfolio of achievement if you are interested in  a career in countryside management but can also be used to demonstrate motivation, commitment and personal development to employers or university admissions boards.


Dartmoor National Park’s Junior Rangers won the Dartmoor Preservation Association shield in 2017 and in 2018 won the prestigious UK National Parks Volunteer ‘Group’ Award.

Junior Rangers programmes start in April and run through to November meeting for a total of 9 times in school holidays or at weekends.

How to join

There is a £25 membership fee - this is a contribution towards all events, newsletters and activities.

To find out more please contact:

Orlando Rutter (Senior Learning and Outreach Officer)

Please email in the first instance: orutter@dartmoor.gov.uk

Alternatively, telephone: 01626 831076